Project Pat-Loud Pack (2011)

Project Pat is that rapper you vaguely know, but can’t name anything he’s done really. He’s been in the game longer than your favorite rapper, and probably gets less than 1/2 the respect. On his newest album, Loud Pack, he won’t convert any new fans, but he will feed the faithful with a good collection of (mostly) new material.

Pat is the older brother of Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, and has had moderate success with his songs Chickenhead and Don’t Call Me No Mo, but never really got the exposure his brother’s group recieved. A legend in Memphis rap for a reason, Pat’s style has stayed consistent from his first underground tape to 2011’s Loud Pack.

Before I talk about the good, I’ll state the bad. 5 songs on this album have already been release elsewhere. 4 of the songs are remixed versions of mixtape tracks, while 1 is just an old mixtape song. I Play Dope Boy, Bloodhound, Gang Signs & Dollar Signs have been remixed from mixtape tracks with new beats while Niggas So Cut Throat was just lifted from Pat & Juicy J’s Cutthroat mixtape. Any fan that follows Pat like I do will be disappointed by the tracklist, but the remixes are just as good as the original songs in most cases.

As for the brand new material, it is mostly good, with a few missteps. Dufflebag starts off the album and introduces the listener to Pat’s rough delivery and southern drawl, with a beat switch in the middle of the song. Flashing is Pat being Pat as he speaks about robbery, an old topic but one he seems to be at home rapping about. After 2 jail stints, one would think Pat would ease up on the robbery bragging, but I won’t be the one to complain.

Kelly Green is an ode to marijuana with brother Juicy J. Juice lays an incredible Willie Hutch sample for Pat to profess his love for the sticky green. Juicy J drops a line about getting “high like Amy Winehouse” which sadly can’t really be appreciated as much now that it seems like a tasteless line after her death.

Without the recycled material, this album could have been much better, but the new tracks are good enough for me to overlook it and just be happy Project Pat is still making music and not in jail. Overall, the good outweighs the bad, making this another solid release from the Memphis vet.


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