Ranking Trevor, a rap reggae pioneer in the 1970s, died in a traffic accident in Jamaica, when he was knocked off his motorcycle, his brother Robert Grant said.
Ranking Trevor, whose real name is Maxwell Grant, was one of the leading “toasters” in Jamaica during the 1970s, recording mainly for the Channel One studio. Toasting is a form of Jamaican rapping that is credited with inspiring hip-hop, the AP reports.
Ranking Trevor is best known for his songs, “Caveman Skank” and “Three Piece Chicken and Chips,” which climbed the charts in England, where he lived more than 20 years. He returned to Jamaica after his career declined in the 1980s. He is survived by his mother, siblings and 15 children.