Photo: Bolaji Odukoya.

Interview: Patoranking's 'Three' Is All About Love, Happiness & Life

We talk to the Nigerian artist about his brand new album, Three, and the positive motivation behind it.

Patoranking is at the top of a very short list of Nigeria's dancehall exports. In a genre that doesn't enjoy as much recognition as it does in its counterpart nations like Ghana, Patoranking has carved his own lane within the Nigerian music space, creating music that toes the line between Afrobeats and dancehall. And whether he sticks to either side of the spectrum, creates blends of the two, or delves into other genres entirely, one thing we can agree on is that Patoranking simply makes good music.

It's not as told as often as it should be, but Patoranking is actually one of Nigerian music's greatest success stories. From "Daniella Whine" to "Girlie O" to "My Woman My Everything," Patoranking and his music has enjoyed great success across the nation, the continent, and even the world at large. He's deserving of all the recognition, not just for his commercial success, but for doing something the majority of Afrobeats artists shy away from: being conscious in his music. From addressing domestic violence in the music video to "This Kind Love," or making a heartfelt plea of peace and love in "Heal The World," it's refreshing to see an A-list Nigerian act who doesn't just tweet about it, but actually lives it in their music and still gives us bops too. This and more is why when an artist like Patoranking drops an album, we drop everything and listen, and you definitely should too.

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