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Patoranking: The New Face of Naija Dancehall

Posted by Tyler on July 2, 2014 in Editorial · 33 Comments


” This article about Patoranking was featured on MTV Iggy somedays ago ” Nigerian music is on a RISE!! and the young talented Patoranking is fast rising. Read article below “

Name: Patoranking

Where He’s From: Lagos, Nigeria

When He Started: 2009

Genre: Dancehall/Hiplife

For Fans Of: Tiwa Savage, Davido, Shatta Wale, Samini

Sounds Like: Lagos pon de dance floor

This summer, dancehall-reggae deejay/singer Patoranking (born Patrick Nnamemeka Okorie) has one of most popular tunes in Nigeria, “Girlie O (Remix),” which features the vocal stylings of Naija pop queen Tiwa Savage. Prior to this year, he had been recording for years in the underground, gaining a reputation for thoughtful, spiritual lyrics over airy dancehall riddims and one-drop reggae.

His peek through the door before his big break came in 2013, when his collaboration with singer Timaya, “Alubarika,” made a few ripples. The reggae jam, whose title can be translated to “god’s blessings,” features a sunny melody and Patoranking’s magnetizing patois. He said in an interview that the song was about “the transition from ghetto to hero and grass to grace”.

In February 2014, he signed a record deal with Foston Musik and released the original verson of “Girlie O” produced by WizzyPro. In its video, Patoranking comforts a woman affected by domestic violence. Tiwa Savage was so impressed by the track that she reached out to him to jump on the remix, which adds some spit and polish to the song’s minimalist dancehall beat. All and all, Patoranking’s romantic charm, positivism and spirituality makes him a promising rising star in the global dancehall scene.


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  1. Datz moi nigga@Patoranking!!!

  2. Whayasay!!!! Pato king of ragae

  3. Over d sea,d valley and d mountain…pato gonna flow like a fountain

  4. @patoranking more senses to ur brain…bigga you i pray nd dnt stop on featuring some order hero artist on the earth…see u up there by God grace…

  5. Dats my g,,,,but pato dey lie say him na from lagos state when him from ebonyi state,,him sister sef dey my school=ebsu

  6. Patoranking roayl highness….u balm ma gee

  7. Patoranking is not from lagos

  8. whayasay

  9. I see an emergency Patoranking causing madness what is your agency #Alubarika ma G bless up man…..

  10. Ilaje boi wey dey carry shoulder fr everybody nobody send u if u blow na fr ur family bt my prayer is dat god should lift u high beyond ur xpectation

    • I love pato ranking..I blv say u wey dey talk say_ (ilaje boy we dey carry shoulder)u dey beef am.

  11. Abeg just listen to dis banger for urself
    a.k songstress ft patoranking – rock body.
    GHA NAIJA connection

  12. Never knew he’s from the East… You are good PatoRanking, keep it up bro. One Love! #WahYahSay

  13. Face. Of Reggae…Jesse Jagz

  14. So patoranking nah omo igbo

  15. I prefer the original girlie o as for d video doesn’t match the song but I love patoranking

  16. You are on top man….for so long av been waiting oooo..waiting for ur love and ur body ooo

  17. Pato my real niga I bliv u bro,jah bles is all I c too.

  18. partoranking d king say so

  19. dude respect….respect……respect luv yah ad tiwa

  20. Patofire. Whayasay. .. that’s ma biabie. Too muach for ya. I bliv. U die… Make them hear…..

  21. I luv dis

  22. Biq Upz 2 Yhu patorankingfire…Mha Greetinz 2 Rafrankinq…kip doin whaYaLuv doin…Jah blessz Yha hustle

  23. Wha ya say. Patoranking in the air now.jah bless you and me.

  24. You owns d country NW guy keep it up we love you.”””””””””””

  25. U all make noise…. Bla bla bla frm yallan be creative niggas

  26. My name is patrick so de name recircle to patoranking I love him

  27. Me george me nid a mettel to emerg me 08162563507

  28. Wha ya say,u ar much

  29. #nextRated..#.king of dancehall…#patoandsome..#patoawesome..#patoboss..#patowithhighranking…..big ups bro me really love yah 4rm ur beginin wen OJB jezreel ftd u….u deserve dat award oooooooo

  30. patoranking just cant cool with danchall…..wayasa for real?

  31. Patoranking my guy.I go be ur fan till death do us path

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