Patoranking’s phenomenal run to landing a spot on the Nigerian music radar sometimes gives his time in the game longer calendar dates. The blips in his discography are so few it sometimes appears like we have been waiting for him to drop an album since forever (FYI, Girlie O was released February 2014).
Still, his debut album God Over Everything lands with the same feverish excitement many albums released in this third quarter of the year have landed with.
GOE is a 16 track Ghetto gospel with six heavyweight features including Wizkid, Phyno, Wasiu Ayinde Marshall and Sarkodie. The best part about this project is undeniably Patoranking’s camp taking out most of his pre-released materials. GOE houses only two singles and fourteen other fresh cut numbers – the most we have seen from any Nigerian album in the last two years.
Despite an innate ability to turn out hits at a frenetic rate, Patoranking’s many studio sessions for this project has come together and we’re still assimilating all of it. So far, we have heard a lot of the aspirational and gratefulness tropes Patoranking has always tied his music around.
Thankfully, features come in very handy to give the record more perspective. Wizkid comes on for This Kind Love, a sexy time love song, Phyno lends a verse for the highlife and Jazz fused Money, while Wasiu Ayinde Marshall sits comfortably on Ayinde, a tribute song to the Fuji-Veteran where he and Patoranking try out an experimental cross-genre fusion.
In the light of recent socio-economic problems in Nigeria, soul-lifting e-go-better tracks like Pato’s may just be a great way to start the month.
You can get the album here