Jacob Lee Williams better known as Gappy Ranks, is an English Dancehall artist of Jamaican and Dominican descent, from Harlesden, London.
Nicknamed ‘Gappy’ due to the gap between his front teeth, he initially worked under the name ‘Daddy Gappy’, before opting for the Cutty Rank influenced ‘Gappy Ranks’. In 2005 Gappy Ranks was featured on the Vice law entertainment mix tapes. That same year, he won the ‘Best Song’ award at London’s Silk Awards for “Little Understanding”, released by UK reggae record label Stingray Records. Also in 2005, Ranks contributed to the single “What We Do” by Kray Twinz featuring Twista and Lethal B, which charted nationally in the UK at number 23. Ranks performed live at Earl’s Court in front of a crowd of 17,000 for the first Kiss 100 awards. He also played a full UK tour which brought him to cities such as Manchester, Birmingham, and Newcastle.
In January 2010 with the introduction from Silver Star Sound DJ Gussy, Gappy Ranks joined forces with Pierre Bost, CEO of French record label Special Delivery. He began to tour throughout the world starting with European countries such as France, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. He signed a three-year deal with Greensleeves Records and in 2010 released his first album Put the Stereo On on Greensleeves’ Peckings subsidiary. Ranks was nominated for the 2010 MOBO Awards in the ‘Best Reggae Act’ category, losing out to Gyptain.