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Shabba Ranks talks the tings about BET Awards "reggae" tribute

Emperor of dancehall, Shabba Ranks explains why he didn't take part in the BET Awards tribute to dancehall. The "Big Dutty Stinkin'" Shabba makes a good point regarding himself being too big to join in the festivities. He also explains why he has reservations about working the stage with former nemesis Ninja Man.

I understand the sentiments about artists from other genres getting treatment as a reason for himself. He's a legend. I can also see why the artists that did perform would jump at the opportunity. I also love that he points out they always side line dancehall then bring it out like it's a novelty. Yes, emperor, tell them! This is and culture that garners interest worldwide, in many cases, bigger than them.

"Dem no intellectual like Marcus Garvey all now! None ah dem nuh fast like Usain Bolt all now! None ah dem nuh great like Shabba Ranks all now! Dem nuh bad like Bob Marley all now!" Big speech. Future quotable.

Only clip I can find of Capleton and Shabba performing together at Irie Jamborie, Barclays Center, NY.


  1. Damn Shabba get over Sting 1990 and link with Gorgon... Almost every interview Ninja does he bigs up Shabba and the Cat... Even praise them in song... He even said he wasn't proud of that lyrical beating he gave you, but the ppl demanded it and he delivered and all now you can't get over it... Jus cool with your Grammies and link back with your brother


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