Solja Life Records introduces SLY RANKIN. Hailing originally from Spanish Town, the first capitol of the island paradise, Jamaica. Twenty-three-year-old SLY RANKN, born Jason Rankin, developed his childhood love for music into a budding career. Which started when he and a group of high school friends banded together to form Gangsta Colony in 2002.
SLY fuses the sounds of Jamaica's reggae and dancehall with the hip-hop and pop sounds of the United States. He draws inspiration from the colorful surroundings, experiences, and observations found in his homeland of Jamaica, his numerous trips to his adopted home Brooklyn, NY and his time spent in Florida with his family. This is enough to give his music a uniquely refreshing sound. He furthers his uplifting vibes by maintaining positivity in his lyrics. He says, “I feel that the negativity that we see and experience in our societies can be portrayed from a positive perspective, not necessarily a perspective that will promote more negativity.”
SLY completed his bachelor’s degree in literature and philosophy at the University of the West Indies. While travelling between Jamaica and New York City to prepare material for his debut album. Solja Life Records recently released "Wasn't There", the first single from SLY's debut album titled "Jamaican Pride". He has been performing at shows from New York to New Hampshire, and collaborating with several artist. He has also been featured on numerous episodes of R.E. TV's rap exposer program Face-Off, all of which can be found at youtube.com/SoljaLife.