Now let’s talk about the Biography of one of our own “Nnaemeka Okorie AKA Patoranking”
On this article I will be revealing the following.
1. Name: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie
2 Date of birth: 27 May 1990
3 Nadtionality: Nigerian
4 Education: He attened the Citizen Comprehensive College Epe, and later attended he went to Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School.
The Igbo hip hop singer Patoranking was born on 27th May 1990. His is known by his stage name as Patoranking. According to his records he is a Nigerian Reggae- dancehall singer and songwriter.
Patoranking who hails from Ebonyi state. started his musical career while doing Some underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggie Rockstone. In 2010 Patoranking signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records.
At that particular time he released his first song under the label grouip “Up in D Club” under the outfit.
Again, Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika”. He went further to sign a record deal with Foston Musik in february 2012 and released “Girlie O” that single song made him rise to prominence.
He growing up was in Ijegun Egba Satellite Town, and later on, Patoranking relocated to Ebute Metta. Should incase you have forgotten, he attended the Citizen Comprehensive College Epe, and later on attended Jibril Martin Memorial Grammar School in Iponri. The hip hop artist started his performing arts career as a street jam and carnival dancer. In 2012 he granted interview to Entertainment Express, Patoranking said that his stage name was given to him by a Jamaican artist whom he met at Alpha Beach in Lagos. Patoranking has cited Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus,Majek Fashek, Blackky, Blackface, Tuface, and Marvelous Benjy as his key musical influences. He said they all have had a relatively good influence on his musical career. In the aforementioned interview with Entertainment Express, he said that he references socio-political issues in his music. The singer went on to describe his music as a morally inclined variation of dancehall.
During the summer of 2012, Patoranking released another single which titled. titled “Iya Bisi” where he featured Qdot and Kbaj.
The song, which is a fusion of dancehall and Fuji, was produced by Drumphase. Patoranking told Entertainment Express that Qdot and Kbaj helped compose the song by sharing ideas with him.
In 12 September 2013, Patoranking finally released the video and audio for “Alubarika” simultaneously. According to the lyrics, the song literally translates to “God’s Blessings” and features vocals from Timaya. It was recorded that the music video for “Alubarika”, which was shot by AJE Films, ran for 4 minutes and 16 seconds.
According to an article posted by Victor Akande of The Nation, Patoranking described the song as a summary of his life and experiences as a musician. He also went further to reveal that it was the song that opened doors for him in terms of building a fan base and working with established musicians.
In February 2014, Patoranking signed a record deal with Foston Musik and ended his affiliations with Dem Mama Records. During an interview with Toolz on NdaniTv’s The Juice, Timaya said that Patoranking left his label and was never officially signed. On the 4th February 2014, the growing Patoranking released “Girlie O”, a song which was produced by WizzyPro. The music video shooting for the song was and directed in London by Moe Musa. And finally the music was release on 5 February 2014, just a day after the audio was released. In the music video, Patoranking liberates his next door neighbour from domestic violence by expressing his innate feelings to her.
In May 19th 2014, Foston Musik released “Girlie O Remix” to critical acclaim. The song featured vocals from Tiwa Savage Mavin Records first lady’. It debuted at number 9 on MTV Base’s Official Naija Top 10 chart. Tiwa Savage told Ehiz of the aforementioned chart show that she admires Patoranking’s music and decided to reach out to him to do the remix. The music video for “Girlie O Remix” was also shot and directed in London by Moe Musa. Joey Akan of the Pulse commented on the song and said that “On the new remix, the basic winning elements werenot discarded. They were retained and improved. The beat, chorus, and dynamism were held onto, and major work put into the lyrics.”
Sheyi Shay featured Patoranking in “Murda” single alongside Shaydee. For records sake, song was produced by Dokta Frabz and released on 1 April 2014. On 11 May 2014, the music video for “Murda” was uploaded onto Vevo. It was directed by Meji Alabi for JM Films.