Born Rohan Rankine in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Patexx always incorporated music, whether singing or DJ’ing, as a part of his upbringing. In school, the artist could be heard singing over beats made from the drumming of his friends on the desks in their classrooms. His musical influences, even at a young age, included Bounty Killer, Mavado, and Spragga Benz. Because of his ability to sing as well as DJ, friends and class mates called Patexx ‘Sizzla’ because of his constantly singing Sizzla’s music.
A chance meeting with fellow female artist Passion X (associated with the Ward 21 Music Group), resulted in Patexx getting his name. Passion X said “it will be impossible for you to make it in the business because the name is taken. To me you look like a ‘Patexx!’” From then, the name stuck! Though Passion has passed on, Patexx gives her honor for blessing him with his distinguished name.
In 2008, Patexx caught the attention of DJ Kenny (arguably one of the hottest mixed tape DJ’s from Jamaica), who was so impressed with the chune “Memories” (which featured the guest vocals of Martina), he took the artist to Coppershot studio’s to record a dub. The result was Cutty, a Selector for Coppershot building a riddim (the Pepperpot Riddim) for Patexx especially designed for the song “Memories,” and the song receiving strong support and radio play from Jamaica’s elite disc jocks, as well as the best broadcasters in countries such as England, Canada, the U.S. and Germany.
As a talented singer and songwriter, Patexx is behind some of the most played party anthems including “Summertime” produced by Riddim Syndicate which features the guest vocals of Bounty Killer, and the remix featuring Busta Rhymes. Patexx also wrote “Party Everyday” featuring Zip FM’s ZJ Liquid. “Party Everyday” was produced by Trevor ‘Baby G’ James, son of the legendary King Jammy’s for his Vybz Entertainment record label.
Taking his musicianship to another level, Patexx has recently recorded the songs “Party” featuring Ravers Clavers front man Ding Dong as well as “Danger” with Dancehall veteran Wayne Marshall. On the solo tip, Code Red Records released the song “Mouth A Move” on the Straight Forward riddim as well as “Swag It.”
With his signature slogan ‘any day now,’ Patexx endures that Dancehall is in good hands as it looks to the next generation!