Ranking Trevor, rap reggae pioneer, dies

Musician was a leading 'toaster' in Jamaica

Ranking Trevor, a pioneer of rap reggae during the 1970s, died Tuesday in a traffic accident in Jamaica. He was 60.

The musician’s brother, Robert Grant, says he was crushed by a car after being knocked off his motorcycle.

Born Maxwell Grant, Ranking Trevor 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 directly inspired hip-hop.

Songs like “Caveman Skank” and “Three Piece Chicken and Chips” made the charts in England, where he lived more than 20 years.

His career declined in the 1980s, and he returned to Jamaica a decade later.

Trevor is survived by his mother, eight siblings and 15 children.