Patoranking says the fear of the poverty he experienced in his past makes him work harder.

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The Nigerian singer was speaking of his outset in the music space during a HipTV show hosted by Nancy Isime.

“Knowing where I’m coming from is important. I don’t want to go back there,” Patoranking said when quizzed on what drove him to carve out a niche in music.

“When I say that I don’t mean the hood. I mean I don’t want to go back to suffering, poverty, times when I could only eat once a day or go two, days without eating.

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“I don’t want that life anymore. Me trying to run away from that life makes me work harder. The higher you go; the more difficult it becomes. Once you’re able to understand that, you won’t have any problem. You just keep working.

“I got to understand that those times are a part of the plan. Failure is part of success. I’ve been able to understand that these things would come. Am I ready when they do? Yes.”

Patoranking started his career collaborating with artistes such as XProject, Konga, Slam, and Reggie Rockstone.

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He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing ‘Up in D Club’ under the outfit.

The singer soon became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song ‘Alubarika’.

In February 2014, he signed a deal with Foston Musik and released ‘Girlie O’, a single that put him in the limelight.

In 2015, Patoranking landed a distribution deal with VP Records, a Caribbean-owned label in Queens, New York.

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He would later release the song ‘Abule’ ahead of his third studio album ‘Three’ which came through in late 2020.



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