Gappy Ranks, born gifted, half-Dominican, half-Jamaican, Jacob Lee Williams AKA Gappy Ranks spent his younger years discovering his passion for music and strengthening his own musical talents. At school Jacob devoted time in lessons to his own creative writing assignments that built the foundations upon which the persona Gappy Ranks was created.
His strong cultural roots from the Caribbean are evident in his music and many of his musical inspirations can be predicted such as Bob Marley, Alton Ellis and Gregory Isaacs. Yet his love for music is not limited to the dancehall genre, he considers himself to be inspired by artists of various music genres such as Ottis Reading, Micheal Jackson, and Celine Dion.
After leaving school Jacob's life took a detour, as a result of issues such as homelessness and general life problems, his music was no longer a primary concern. After tackling these issues Jacob started back in the heart of Harlesden to promote himself and his music. Throughout the years with the help of local sound selectors like Movie Star Jonny and Radio Stations such as Unique FM he decided to collaborate with uprising dancehall music group, Suncycle. This meant that his time was being spent in the studio, through which he began the learning process of studio engineering but later decided to expand his musical talent as a solo artist.