Aldo Ranks

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Aldo Ranks
Birth name Aldo Vargas
Born (1973-05-19) May 19, 1973 (age 43)
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
Voice

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 producers such as El Chombo and DJ Pablito on albums such as Cuentos de la Cripta ("Tales from the Crypt") and La Mafia. Ranks later joined the label Panama Music.

History[edit]

In 1998 he began his career internationally, to be present in the recording and production of Cuentos de la Cripta. Songs from the album were occupying top positions in digital sales in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador.

In 2000, Aldo Ranks started work on the production of Cuentos de la Cripta, 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". His fourth promotional single "The Nipper" became the official anthem of the Panamanian Carnival. 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]

In 2009, he released "Trac Trac Trucutu", with a difference in style, mixing reggae with electronic beats. The songs "Make Love" and "Drunkenness 2" are a blend of roots with soca.[4]

In 2010, Ranks collaborated with another Panamanian artist, Arthur, on a record in a retro reggae style, again under the production of producer DJ Greg.[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • What's New and Best[6]
  • The Conquest (produced by Panama Music)[7]
  • Different'[8]
  • Parrandero (2012)

Singles[edit]

  • "The Pliers"
  • "Trac Trac Trucutu"
  • "Make Love"
  • "Drunkenness"
  • "Drunkenness 2"
  • "Re" (with the participation of Arthur)
  • "You Are Either Rich"
  • Bien Loco Loco (2016)
  • Cerveza y Guaro (2016)

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