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Patoranking Proudly Reps His Hood On New Song 'Abule'

It's the first single from the Nigerian artist's forthcoming album 'Three.'

Nigeria's Patoranking is back with his latest single "Abule," ahead of the release of his forthcoming album Three.

The afro-dancehall artist's latest is "a celebration of his Lagos neighborhood, Ebute Metta, and of hoods worldwide," which premiered today via Beats 1 Radio with Ebro.


The song's upbeat production and catchy hook make for easy summer listening. It's a dancehall-inspired track with an afrobeats twist, which has become the singer's signature sound. He wants fans to follow in his lead of representing for his community, by creating custom graphics of their own "ends" via a newly launched site.

"I'm proud to be from my abule, because to have made it coming from there it's only by God's grace," says the artist.

"It's made me who I am today and it's part of my story. So I waste no opportunity to let people know about my ghetto. I feel it's important through this new song to give my fans a chance to celebrate their own abules. And to protect their abules, too," he added.

The artist will drop his upcoming album on August 28. Speaking on the album's theme and title, the artist says: "Three is a strong number. It stands for how I see language. In making the album, we tried to look at love, life and happiness. If you are listening to any of the tracks, even if it is a dance track, I want you to feel love."

Listen to "Abule" below.



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