Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Tarrus Riley, Konshens and Assassin team up for the 'Greatest Creation' Riddim Image

by Biko Kennedy

"I haven't done any dancehall rhythms since [2009] because I was turned off by the vibes that came about from the [Silent River] rhythm. Since then, I have been focusing more on artiste management and the Reggae side of production," Greatest Creation producer, Shane Brown, explains.

The 2009 release of the Silent River Riddim featured controversial tracks from Vybz Kartel and Mavado, who at that time, were in the throes of the Gully-Gaza feud. But now viewing music as a constant evolution, Brown noted on Winford Williams' OnStage TV program that "music is really bigger than that..."

Brown, who has been touring with Shabba Ranks as his engineer for the last three years, have been trying for several years to persuade Shabba to record. And as fate would have it, the dream came to fruition when Ranks flew to Jamaica for a family engagement - Mother's Day weekend.

"I called him the Thursday and he said he was gonna come on Friday. I honestly didn't even think he would show up so I was very surprised when I got the call that he was on his way to the studio. He listened to the rhythm and upon hearing it, he immediately said 'turn on the microphone'," Brown reminisced.

Questioned as to why he felt the timing was right to release a song, Ranks expressed: "The Emperor do whatever he wants to do, whenever he chooses to do it. It is an ERE (Emperor Ranks Entertainment) and Juke Boxx collaboration. Shane has got a clean spirit towards the music and the Emperor Grung felt the connection spiritually and physically."

The rhythm also features Konshens with his song Don Daddy, Assassin with Hear Mi Nuh, Selfie by Lady Saw and Greatest Creation by Tarrus Riley.

Take a listen to the tracks below and let us know what you think of the production!

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