His first performing name was"D.J. Jolly", and performed with well know artist like Horace Andy, Dennis Brown, Bingy Bunny, Bongo Herman , and Keith Poppin.
At age 15, he went to the legendary "Studio One" to auditionand what resulted was his first big hit "GUN COURT", produced by Clement"Coxsone" Dodd and a name change to "Little Joe". As he grew older, still
into a young man, he changed his name on the advice of Prince Tony Robinson to "Rankin'Joe". He was then introduced to the
King of DJ's"U-Roy", after which he worked on his "KING STUR-GAV HI-FI", the most popular sound system in Jamaica at that time. "I later developed my original style
of fast rapping. , toungue twisting and that became the most popular thing to hit the airways. Joe's string of successes kept rolling. In 1981-82, I toured America, Canada, Germany, and the West Indies.". He
then married and has resided in New York ever since.
The details and history of Ranking Joe is huge and vast, this small piece barely touches the surface.
Dubateers quickly reacted to a tip off from Dougie 'Conscious' Wardrop that Joe would be passing through London from Italy back to the states. We met up at Conscious Sounds and run the Chant Freedom track to
Joe, he immediately loved the riddim and jumped straight on the mic, leaving the whole studio gobsmacked as his amazing and unique DJ style bellowed around the Conscious Sounds studio! CHANT FREEDOM, NATTY NATTY, BO!