Wednesday, March 12, 2014

P.A.T. Ignites A Powder keg of Change on P.A.T.M.A.N. (Powerful Artistic Truth, Misunderstood or America's Nightmare) A Hip Hop Record To Open Your Eyes

P.A.T. hit me like a ton of bricks. Not since the East coast Avengers and Esoteric were rhyming about killing Bill O’Reilly have I found a political powerhouse in the same regards. The record you and everyone you may know needs to listen to is none other than “P.A.T.M.A.N. (Powerful Artistic Truth, Misunderstood or America's Nightmare)”, which is a lyrical assassination of all things hidden. It’s like reading Adbusters or watching Disinfo, as it is more than just mainstream media and random rhymes about sex, alcohol, and gangster rap. The typical release today finds rappers talking about bravado, and that’s not what you get here.

Sure P.A.T. has a few moments where he shines light on his own prowess, but not in a way that seems condescending or trying to say he’s better than everyone, but rather an illumination of the character and rapper that you’re not going to get with any other MC on the market right now. From the first utterances on “Tic Tac Toe”, you get a politically tuned hip hop album with a lot of good beats, rhymes and schemes. It’s not just attacking the establishment, it’s doing so in a very creative way. Rhyming through a lot of different ideas, including several pop culture references, which definitely finds a home with modern listeners.

Through the record there are a lot of standout tracks, including “Pay Me”, “Middle Finger”, “Powerful Artistic Truth”, “Can’t Go Away” and “W.A.R. (We Are the Revolution)”, all of which are just incredible. However, as many albums that I’ve highlighted recently, this is not a “pick and choose” type of record, it fits so well as a whole. It’s one of those albums that you put on, grab your coffee and go for your day with gusto.

Overall, the thing that seals the deal here is that it’s not conspiracy theory stuff. It’s laced with truth and if you do just a little bit of due diligence, you’ll realize that the points spoken here are very much on par with what’s going on in the world today. The album hits as hard as Brother Ali’s “Uncle Sam Goddamn”, only on a larger scale, and that’s a testament to how P.A.T. can run through heavy content in a very tangible format.

I wish more mainstream artists had the guts to talk about this stuff in a very creative manner. I know Lupe Fiasco tried to say his previous release had been about this kind of noise, but when you listen to that, you will get 10% political and 90% BS, which is why I can’t trust a lot of the mainstream “conscious” rappers, as they seem to stray so easily when it comes to selling records. That’s not what you get with than “P.A.T.M.A.N. (Powerful Artistic Truth, Misunderstood or America's Nightmare)”, because it’s all raw, but well produced, and lyrically relevant to the masses. Regardless of what your favorite genre of music is, this will sit well with your collection and you’ll want to put it on replay and share with friends.

You can learn more about P.A.T. and P.A.T.M.A.N. (Powerful Artistic Truth, Misunderstood or America's Nightmare) by checking out the official P.A.T. website here. The band camp page here. Wake up and listen to what’s hitting your cerebellum on this record, it’s poignant and will definitely shake your apathy.

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