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12/5/2006 5:42:29 AM
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These days, in the world of hip-hop, it ain't hard out there if you rep for the Dirty South. From the charts to the clubs to radio to this year's Academy Awards, the hardcore sounds of the Memphis-based Hypnotize Minds musical collective are moving up from the underground into the mainstream, defying industry expectations and creating a bona fide musical and cultural movement.
That the Dirty South is finally getting widespread respect comes as no surprise to veteran Hypnotize Minds rap artist Project Pat. The brother of Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J and a full-fledged member of the Hypnotize Camp Posse, Project Pat has been making memorable contributions to hip-hop since the late 1990s when he infused groundbreaking street recordings like the Tear Da Club Up Thugs' Crazyndalazdayz with the unmistakable stamp of his reality-based flow.
"People are really into the South right now," Pat offers with pride, "and I knew that eventually they'd catch on to what we already knew. Down here everybody's got their own style and its good to see more guys from the South coming street."
The street is turf that Project Pat knows well. He came up hard, ran with a tough crowd and learned lessons they don't teach you in school. Though older and wiser now, with a rising income level and a platinum-selling solo album (2001's Mista Don't Play: Everythang's Workin') in his catalog, Pat's stayed true to the spirit of hip-hop, the grit of the streets and his own spiritual core.
After spending nearly four years in prison (for possession of a firearm), Project Pat is finally free, literally and figuratively, and he's using that freedom to express himself, live his life and keep his music real with the release of his highly-anticipated fourth full-length solo album, Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story.
Project Pat brings his hardcore perspective to new heights on Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story. With Three 6 Mafia's Juicy J and DJ Paul on-board as executive producers to add their signature sound to Pat's brutally honest hip-hop raps and grooves, Project Pat emerges as a street poet of the first order, speaking the truth and showing love and empathy for the souls of those locked in the grind trying to survive. With enlightened candor, Pat reflects on the bad times without regret while celebrating the good times with sincerity and gratitude.
When asked what his legions of fans from Crook By Da Book: The Fed Story, Pat minces no words. "I'm still coming with all the different styles I've always had. I'm keeping it straight Memphis Dirty South, keeping it straight me," he says. "Being locked up really made see another side of the game clearer. All I've got to say to these young guys is that you can't win. You can't win in the streets and I always knew that. My dad used to tell me that but now I really see it. Knowing that and having been locked up means that I can get into more detail on certain things. I can add another layer to the cake."
The richness of detail is clear on the album's banging first single, "Good Googly Moogly" featuring DJ Paul and Juicy J. A funk-fortified balla track, "Good Googly Moogly" is custom made for a party and came to Pat in a moment of pure inspiration. "I was in the house and just made it up," Pat admits. "We didn't even know that it would be the one we was gonna roll with."
Pat gets down on "Two Dollar Nigga" which blows the whistle on the day-to-day realities of street life that don't make the news. "It's talking about guys who get locked up, who weren't even tough but they act that way," Pat says. "When they get out, young dudes look up to them and get all caught up in some dumb business. These older dudes lead those younger dudes down a bad path."
On the hardcore blaster, "Tell Tell Tell" featuring Lyfe, Young Geezy and Mr. Big, Project Pat spins a cautionary tale of what happens on the streets when someone's jaws get to flapping without paying attention to the consequenc
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