Patoranking gave us an album’s worth of music before giving us an actual album.
Stretching a dozen singles out over 3 years to create a buzz for one LP at times felt like a basketball player starting his run up to the basket from the 3-point line. Sadly, when he finally got to the rim, rather than finishing his powerful run-up with a slam dunk on God Over Everything, Patoranking puts up a timid lay-up instead.
But pay attention, GOE is more than just a slogan or an album it’s a positive lifestyle to aspire for and Patoranking is preaching it through the music. The video for “My Woman, My Everything” is one of the rare times in pop culture that you’ll see a pop star kneel down to pray with his video model. Unfortunately, neither that song nor the prayer made their way to this project but don’t despair prayer warriors, two other prayers did.
First prayer – Mrs. Okorie, the singer’s mother, starts off GOE with a slightly off-putting prayer. I’ll never fix my mouth to say a prayer is unnecessary but immediately after praying to God and praising His Holy name, the song transitions to hailing her son and praising his own name. Dance hall meets prayer ground on “Patoranking” – perhaps the prayer could have been separated from the song proper to preserve the integrity of both messages.
The second prayer created another awkward moment on GOE. “Stammerer” ...