Queen of the Pack Dancehall Artiste Patra is back

The original Queen of The Pack dancehall artiste Patra is back. Patra, born Dorothy Smith on November 22/ 1972 in Kingston, was one of Jamaica’s first female breakout dancehall artiste and first International dancehall artiste. Some of Patra’s hits includes, Romantic Call, Worker Man, Think About It, Pull Up to the Bumper, Queen of the Pack and more.

Patra, known for her small jeans shorts and braids was also known for her sex appeal and raunchy dance styles. Patra had major success in the late 80s and early 90s. Patra first made an impression on the US charts as a featured singer on the Shabba Ranks song, “Family Affair”, which hit No. 84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994.

In 1993, Patra released her debut album Queen of The Pack (#1 on the Reggae albums chart. It was led by the single “Think (About It)” in which peaked at #21 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart and #89 on R&B. Her follow-up single “Worker Man” became a bigger hit, reaching #53 on the Hot 100, the Top 20 on the R&B chart and #1 on the U.S. Dance chart. The album’s third and final single, “Romantic Call” (#55 U.S., #21 U.S. Dance), was a collaboration with emcee Yo-Yo.

Patra also performed on the 1995 Panther movie soundtrack with the song “Freedom (Theme from Panther)”, a collaboration between the American music industry’s leading urban female vocalists. She also performed on C+C Music Factory’s remix of its hit single “Take a Toke” that same year. Wikipedia According to Wikipedia, Patra took some time from the music industry, becoming more spiritually connected to God and completing a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.  She took time away from the music industry and is said to have a restaurant in Jamaica and keeping a low profile. She also refused to do any interviews. Patra made a big comeback with her performance at the Barclays Center Reggae Love Fest Featuring Shabba Ranks, Capleton, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man and more.
The 2023 BET Awards celebrated 50 years of Hip Hop and Honoured legendary Hip Hop artiste Busta Rhymes. Busta Rhymes brought a Jamaican entourage to represent dancehall music and culture. Busta Rhymes told the crowd that Dancehall music is the antecedent of rap music. He said the founding father of rap is a Jamaican. Patra was part of the line-up of the of the dancehall segment of the Award Show. She reunited with her fellow 90s artiste emcee Yo-Yo behind the scenes of the BET Awards. The two women collaborated on one of Patra’s hit songs, “Romantic Call”. The ladies cried and did a number of emotional hugs and vowed to do “Romantic Call”, part two. Patra also told the camera that anyone who copied “Romantic Call” must clear it with emcee Yo-Yo.

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