We can all attest to the fact that since Dancehall artist Patoranking rose to prominence, there’s hardly been any questionable moment in his career. Now, he has released his second studio album Wilmer.
If Dancehall music were to be a football field then Patoranking is a spectacular football player, suavely scoring goals and hitting targets.
Starting from a humble beginning, Patoranking hustled as an underground artist. He worked with artists such as Konga, Reggie Rockstone, XProject, and Slam. Sadly, no one heard of him.
His entertainment journey started from him being a dancer. But dancing at street carnivals wasn’t fulfilling enough. He started to chase a career in music. He claimed to have gotten his name from a Jamaican artist whom he met at Alpha Beach.
His first ever released track Iya Bisi featured Qdot and Kbaj. It was around this time he signed to K’Solo’s Igberaga records. This was in 2012 and the young singer had nothing but his talent and hope.
Because success can knock on anyone’s door, Patoranking’s life changed drastically. He scored a major hit song Alubarika (God’s blessings) when he featured Timaya. It was the beginning of the story of greatness.
The song was a story of his experiences in life
He reportedly got a record deal with Timaya’s Dem Mama records. It was a dream come true. Although Timaya refuted claims that Patoranking was signed to the label.
It became certain that Patoranking had an unlimited bundle of ‘Alubarika’ when he signed another record deal with Foston Muzik. He got another hit in Girlie O and immediately shot a conceptual video.
After collaborating with Tiwa Savage on Girlie O remix, Patoranking became a dancehall superstar. The song traveled across Africa and printed Patoranking’s name in the hearts of music lovers.
The year was 2014.
He featured on Seyi Shay’s critically acclaimed dancehall single Murda – an instant banger. It was not surprising but rather satisfying to see the Girlie O crooner win the Next Rated award at the Headies.
2015 came and Patoranking didn’t relent. He dropped a massive dancehall single Daniella Whine. It was one of the songs that helped him seal his place as a Dancehall maestro.
In the same year, he collaborated with Wande Coal on My Woman, My Everything. A blissful jam that topped various charts. He would later announce via his Instagram that he signed a distribution deal with VP Records, an international record label for Reggae and Dancehall music with acts like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Barrington Levy.
Before releasing his debut studio album in August 2016, Patoranking dropped an award-winning dancehall single No Kissing Baby. Sarkodie was featured on the song and the video was shot by Daps in London.
His debut album God Over Everything was undeniably a goldmine of music. It featured prominent acts like Olamide, Sarkodie, Wizkid, Phyno, Elephant Man, Konshens, Kwam 1. It debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart. It contained other hit songs like Cheating Zone, This Kind Luv, Money, Hale Hale.
Patoranking went on to release a hit single Love You Die on which he featured Diamond Platnumz. 2017 was dedicated to promoting his album and releasing music videos. He did a Europe tour and this saw him perform to a huge audience.
His international reputation was also growing like wildfire.
He also released another single Available. His career had become rock solid just as he had become a face for Afrobeats on the international scene.
Patoranking must not be familiar with the concept of holding back because 2018 was no different. He worked as hard as ever. His consistency paid off in terms of hit singles like Suh Different, Heal D World, Everyday. At this point, the man was in a league of his own. He seemed to be his only competition as he continued to give Afro-dancehall vibes.
We are in 2019 and guess what? Patoranking has refused to release us from the choke-hold of enjoyment. He unified fronts with Davido on Confirm and set everyone on their toes. He also released another single Lenge Lenge – sampling Fela’s Afrobeat style.
Patoranking released his second studio album, Wilmer, today. The album contains twelve tracks. Only Confirm and Lenge Lenge are the two singles that made the album. It features acts like Busiswa, Donae’o, Dadju, Bera, Nyashinski, and Davido. This album is a testament to how far Patoranking has come and is willing to go.