"I would have been a criminal..."

In a media parley organised by MTV Base, the Reggae act said that he would have been a criminal but for music.

Patoranking has unveiled a shocker with a new revelation about himself.

According to him, music saved him from becoming a criminal, “The slum is not a place that gives many options”. Patoranking said. “There, it was either you make it the right way or the crime way but I chose music and it has worked for me”.

He also expressed his appreciation to MTV Base for making him the Artiste of the Month and for helping him secure the partnership deal with international reggae music label, VP Records which he describes as one of the high points of his musical career,

“As many of you know, VP Records is one of the biggest record labels in New York so being signed under that label is a big deal for me which is why I am grateful to MTV Base”.

Meanwhile, dancehall act Shank, has expressed his happiness with Patoranking's success, stating that "I feel happy that finally, there is a platform for reggae artistes to be seen in the same light as any other secular act; so it is a win-win situation for me"

Patoranking has been the poster boy of the dancehall genre in Nigeria since 2013, thanks to his singles 'Alubarika', 'Girlie O', and 'Girlie O' remix featuring Tiwa Savage.

Shank was the leading star of the dancehall scene with his smash hit in 2008 'Julie'. The dancehall's act career has been unstable for most parts due to label issues. But he accepts that Reggae has grown big as a movement, and that is ultimately good.

"I have had my moment in the spotlight and when I was on top of my game, there was nobody around to contend with me. Right now, there are a lot of people doing dancehall music and it has become a movement.  I don’t see it as if only one person is spearheading the reggae movement. I like the fact that anybody that sings dancehall music would be listened to now" he said.


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