Aldo Ranks

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Aldo Ranks
Birth name Aldo Vargas
Born (1973-05-19) May 19, 1973 (age 42)
Panama City, Panama
Genres Reggae en Español, reggaeton
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1992–present
Labels Panama Music
Associated acts Apache Ness
Website Panama Music
Notable instruments

Aldo Vargas, known by his stage name Aldo Ranks, is a Panamanian artist of Reggae en Español. From 1992 to 1998, he was the most outstanding and youngest rapper in Panama,[citation needed] supported by the best producers in the genre such as El Chombo and DJ Pablito on albums such as Tales from the Crypt and The Mafia. Ranks now sings under the label Panama Music.


In 1998 he began his career internationally, to be present in the recording and production of Tales from the Crypt. Songs from the album were occupying top positions in digital sales in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador. He also performed more than 50 concerts in those countries.[citation needed]

In 2000, Aldo Ranks started work on the production of Tales from the Crypt, an album produced by El Chombo, using songs such as "Orinoco Flow" as the basis of its music.

In 2002, he composed songs such as "Dance of the Fish", "Mueve Mami", and "Murder", taken from his album titled DJ Pablito presents Aldo Ranks.

Aldo Ranks achieved great success in 2003 and 2004 with "The Fire", a song that fuses Caribbean rhythms and cadence inviting the body to "move to the erotic rhythm notes & the rap and reggae rhythm". He then embarked on a tour of South America.[1] He then went on to produce songs such as "The Party", "Pa Rum to the World", "Carousing", and "I Cannot Forget You".

In 2006, he released his third album with the hits "The Undertakers", "The Street" and "The Helicopter". These were the first cuts of the album's promotion which quickly became the most requested on radio nationwide.[citation needed] After this resounding success, his fourth promotional single "The Nipper" became the official anthem of the Panamanian Carnival. With this song, Ranks once again firmly had a place in the Central and South American market. A year later, Ranks performed the same feat once again, with production by DJ Greg on the song of that year's carnival.[2]

In 2009, Ranks received an award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for his collaboration on the composition of "Forgive", performed by The Factory and Eddy Lover.[3]

Ranks continues to innovate and recently recorded "Trac Trac Trucutu", with a difference in style, mixing reggae with electronic beats. The songs "Make Love" and "Drunkenness 2" are a delicate blend of roots with soca.[4]

In 2010, Ranks collaborated with another Panamanian artist, Arthur, on a record that transports the listener to the rhythms of retro reggae, again under the production of producer DJ Greg.[5]



  • What's New and Best[6]
  • The Conquest (produced by Panama Music)[7]
  • Different'[8]


  • "The Pliers"
  • "Trac Trac Trucutu"
  • "Make Love"
  • "Drunkenness"
  • "Drunkenness 2"
  • "Re" (with the participation of Arthur)
  • "You Are Either Rich"


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