Known both for his associations with younger brother Juicy J’s Three 6 Mafia, as well as more than two decades of excellent albums, mixtapes, and features, Memphis rapper Project Pat has long been a dependable and esteemed figure in the hip hop scene. Raised on classic hip hop and dialed into the contemporary scene, Pat is an important and influential fixture in southern hip hop, which surged in popularity last decade and continues to influence the genre’s direction today. Still riding high on last year’s M.O.B., Pat is slated to return to Nashville tonight, July 12, for a headlining show at Exit/In. An intimate and excellent space to catch this under appreciated rapper in action, tickets are still available right here, so grab yours now and read on for more about the show!
A seminal figure in the Memphis hip hop scene, rapper Project Pat first rose to prominence in the ’90s, thanks to underground solo efforts and associations with his brother Juicy J’s group Three 6 Mafia. Encouraged by J, Pat helped shape the sound of contemporary southern hip hop, guided by his brother’s more honed artistic ambitions and lucrative business dealings. After an early stint in prison, Pat re-emrged as a popular figure in hip hop at the end of the ’90s, finding broad success both with his 1999 debut studio album Ghetty Green, and for appearing on Three 6 hit “Sippin’ on Some Syrup.” A parole violation would send him back to prison for another four years, temporarily halting a budding mainstream career, which resumed upon his release in the mid ’00s, and has continued on a steady clip ever since. The son of a minster, Pat’s early run-ins with the law stemmed from robbery and weapons charges, a lifestyle he’s since abandoned with a renewed and prolific focus on his music. While, of course, Juicy J has found massive success in recent years post-Three 6 Mafia, his older brother, too, has maintained a respectable career, and fans of old school, Memphis hip hop with contemporary flair won’t want to miss his return to Nashville.
Project Pat will perform Thursday, July 12 at Exit/In. The show is 18+, begins at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.), and tickets are available to purchase for $18.