There is no place like home – Dr. Pat

Nigerian born, New York based rapper, Dr Pat had his growing popularity in Nigeria briefly interrupted when he had to move to the U.S. in 1999 to join his parents. Now he returns with the hopes of blaizing a new Hiphop trail for many Nigerian rappers to follow. He revealed that although the American market was more viable platform for his kind of music in terms of record sales and royalties, he needed to connect with his colleagues back home thus prompting his decision to relocate.

 

“No matter how good you are out there, you would never be respected until you are appreciated back home,” says Dr Pat who is already collaborating with some Nigerian artistes on a couple of recording projects. He revealed that he will be collaborating with artistes like 9ice, Ragga Remy, Rymzo, Chaka Da Soulja (one of the five new acts on the repackaged Premier music), and would also be a part of a mixtape compilation hosted by DJ Bombastic of Star FM.

 

Following his 2005 hit single Dreams which stamped an indelible mark on the Nigerian music scene, Dr Pat’s latest single Who am I, off the debut album of same title, is gradually dominating the airwaves in Nigeria.

 

With the greatest musical influences from Majek Fashek, Bob Marley and Tupac, his lyrics tell of the harsh reality of Nigeria – poverty in the face of natural wealth, corrupt politics, survival, lack of opportunity to dream and dreams unfulfilled – juxtaposed with the life he now finds himself living in America with much nicer amenities.  His debut album Who Am I is scheduled for release in Nigeria in July 2008.

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