Poetic And Talented
August 24, 2013
Off of the success of his first mixtape Where The Sidewalk Ends, which was downloaded over 50,000 times, underground emcee Patrick “P.A.T.” Barnett(Fort Worth, TX) is currently working on his second mixtape entitled Go Hard or Go Home(GHOGH). The lead single is a song entitled Smoke&Mirrors (http://soundcloud.com/patrick-barnett1/smoke-mirrors-p-a-t). Support and Purchase the Where The Sidewalk Ends EP which debuted on iTunes Top 100 Hip Hop/Rap charts.(Available at All Major Digital Retailers).
For reasons that are either all too obvious or completely indiscernible, hip-hop is geared less toward performance and more toward recording. I mean, a guy standing onstage with a microphone and a laptop? There’s not much there 'there', you know? Now I realize that most hip-hop artists these days are backed by full bands –– to achieve that all-important and oft-elusive quality of authenticity –– but since the art-form boils down to simple beats and rhymes, a band comes to seem superfluous, making performance almost superfluous.
Emceee Patrick “P.A.T.” Barnett doesn’t have a band, yet(Rumored to be affiliated with Austin, TX band Progress), and he has never performed a show in DFW. Like the saying goes though: "A prophet is not welcome in his own land." A twentysomething Air Force brat born in Germany who relocated to Fort Worth with his family when he was a kid, Barnett also just got out of the Air Force. “I just want to make music, to make art, that touches the soul.” the Grammys member said. “I'm different, my music is more 'head' music than 'foot' music.”
A stranger in his own land, Barnett recently put out a splendid album. Recorded with DJ Kushgod, DJ Wats, and DJ Kingflow. Recording was done at Planet Paul Studio in Wichita, Kansas and at Kammb Studios in Euless, Texas. Where the Sidewalk Ends is a heady, long collection of urban noir tracks that sounds like a million bucks (though, of course, it was done on a budget). There’s some solid beatsmithery and great melodic flourishes courtesy of synth woodwinds, keys, and horns, and Barnett has solid flow. Amazingly, and thankfully, he keeps the cursing to a minimum, and he avoids the N-word altogether. (Not that people are so goodie-goodie, but cussing loses its impact when it’s overdone, and there are often better, more colorful, more precise words to use instead.)
Where the Sidewalk Ends –– inspired by the Shel Silverstein children’s book of the same name –– overflows with that gritty, semi-jazzy flavor popularized by Kanye West. Barnett also seems to have channeled the spirit of Tupac Shakur, he is almost revolutionary in a sense.
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