EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND Patoranking born to the family of Mr. Okorie, at Ijegun Egba Satellite town later moved to Ebute Metta a ghetto suburb of lagos. Attended Citizen Comprehensive College Epe and moved to Jibril Martin’s Memorial Grammar School Iponri Lagos were I completed my Secondary education. Growing up listening to music of the likes of Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela, Shakar Demus and P lies just to mention a few.
He started his showbiz dream as a dancer, dancing to all kind of music especially ghetto made music and dance hall vibes in street jams, carnival, gigs and also appeared in some local musical videos. He switched from dancing to miming and rapping in school and with friends in the ghetto going by the name Patorico, in 2003 he joined a six man Afro hip hop group known as Da Flavour Squad as the lead vocal and the youngest, they performed in a lot of shows within and outside Lagos, after some time he left the group for a solo career and later pitched his tent with Dance hall and Reggae Music that influenced him from day one. The name Patoranking was given to him by a Jamaican who has love for his music and respect for his personality, ranking meaning highly respected was added to Pato to make Patoranking
CAREER AND LIFE
He began his solo career under K-solo’s label “K-solo Music” where he released more than three tracks “So Nice”, “Anything Goes”, “Jolly” and “Hold am” and some others. Having gained more grounds in the music label he was signed, in 2013 he signed unto Timaya’s “Dem Mama” records. Following the signing of Patoranking to Timaya’s Dem Mama Record, and the subsequent production of the audio and video of Patoranking’s single, “Alu barika,” the self-styled Egberi papa 1 seems bent on ensuring that his latest act turns into a formidable cash cow for his label. After the successful debut single ‘Alubarika’ featuring Timaya, Patoranking had music lovers and followers requesting for the song on music charts, radio shows and so on. With two new untitled singles in the works and accompanying videos shot in London, the artist is a star waiting to shine. With his vocal command and patois flair, he has done over 10 collaborations and still counting with established acts like X-project, Konga, Slam, K Solo and many more. He has gotten more known in the Nigeria music industry with likes of the songs he mad in 2013/2014 which really helped his career. Singles like: “how much” “park well” “Girlie O” he later featured Nigeria’s biggest female artiste Tiwa savage in 2014 for the remix of Girlie O which got them multiple nominations in 2014,also considered as one of the 2014’s biggest hits by citypeople magazine.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
Was nominated for many awards in 2014 also won few awards same year. Won the headies awards for the NEXT RATED in 2014 ENDORSEMENTS- Got a multi million naira endorsement deal from merrybet in 2014 His new label was said to have bought him a range rover in 2014.
RUMOURS AND SCANDALS The artiste was said have dumped timaya’s record label that helped his career without letting them and left for another he believes will help more.