Shabba

Album: Trap Lord (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • Ferg pays homage to the legendary Jamaican Dancehall artist Shabba Ranks on this track over a beat from Snugsworth of Modern Outfit. A$AP Mob spearhead and Ferg's friend since high school, A$AP Rocky, takes the second verse.

    Shabba Ranks is a Jamaican singer whose gravel toned, rough-sounding voice made him one of the most popular dancehall artists of his generation. Ranks began his music career in 1980 as Jamaican DJ Don, building up a strong following on the island. His biggest hit single outside of the Caribbean was the reggae fusion smash "Mr. Loverman" which was a Jamaican hit in the late 80s, but had to wait until 1992 for international success in remix form.
  • The video was shot in a Yonkers, New York, mansion. The clip features plenty of Versace and sexy servants, as we see the entire ASAP Mob partying in luxury alongside The Wire's' Felicia "Snoop" Pearson and Shabba Ranks himself. "We found him — it's very rare, man. Our peoples reached out to his peoples and we finally got a hold of the legend," Ferg told MTV News regarding how they recruited Shabba for his cameo.

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