On my very first trip to Kingston jamaica, I stayed with an artist named Cutty Ranks. We wrote a couple tracks together for the first “Mr. Anonymous” album, and his vibe was an amazing experience. He showed me all of the ins and outs of Kingston, taking me to his old neighborhoods and hangouts. He took me deep into the “yards” around Kingston mostly controlled by gangs. I would sit at the entrance with a gang leader holding a submachine gun while he chatted up the other gang members inside to let us in to say hey to his buddies.
We went to a barbershop, domino game, ital roots stand near a river for some “run down”, carwash, etc…and we had some sessions in his backyard with his buddy “Dr. Innoncent” who was also on the first Mr. Anonymous album. We sat on cinder blocks under palm trees smoking spliffs while they passed a dictaphone back and forth reciting lyrics for new grooves and tunes.
Every morning I would wake up to the sound of his GIANT boombox cranking out a dancehall groove while he was dj’ing lyric ideas into a pen, like it was a mic. My biggest impression of Cutty as an artist was his true passion for his craft and the fact that he lives music day and night with no low gear.
On many nights we would go to local bars and just chill out and talk about music and grooves and women, etc…and on these nights I had the pleasure of enjoying his favorite concoction which he claims is also medicinal as well as tasty…thus the “Cutty Ranks” cocktail, plain and simple:
1 Guiness ale
1 shot of Appleton Rum
…take 2 or 3 sips off of the bottle and then pour the shot right in the beer…REALLY good!!!