Project Pat stopped over in New York City earlier this week to perform a sold-out show at Santos Party House that included openers DJ Austin Millz, Black Dave and Reese. Before Pat headed back home to Memphis, Tennessee, he sat down with XXL and talked about his relationship with Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J’s success, and the status of Three 6 Mafia. He also revealed Mista Don’t Play 2 will be released through Wiz’s Taylor Gang label, as well as confirmed an upcoming track featuring Mac Miller. Just like his younger brother, Pat stays on his hustle.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)
XXL: Your brother, Juicy J, has a lot of success. You showed up in the “Bandz A Make Her Dance” video and made a cameo.
Project Pat: Yeah, I was in there man. I had to go and show the old dope man bankroll. [Laughs] I had those stacks. I showed up for vids because I wanted to get the cameo in the video. One thing about it is I knew the song … I didn’t know that it was going to go like it went, but I knew it was a good song. I knew it was going to do something. I need to get in this video because the song is gonna do something. Even if it did what it did, I came for support, man. Even Juicy was like, ‘You need to come out to this video.’
Tell me about your relationship with Wiz.
Oh, he’s my guy. I’m gonna come out with Mista Don’t Play 2 and when I come out with Mista Don’t Play 2, I am bringing it out through Wiz’s label through Juicy. They want me to be the artist that Juicy brings out first. Yeah, I am getting down with that. Really, it is already done. That’s what it is.
I met Wiz through Juicy. I knew about Wiz when he was first starting off because some promoter guy that books me a lot of shows that I messed with out of Memphis used to take them on a small tour through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. I had an opportunity to really work with him and meet him and get up with him then. I was just busy, doing this and doing that. I think we spoke briefly on the phone one time. It was like, “What’s up man? Aw, man, you are doing your thing.” We would never have hooked up. We were supposed to get together. They were supposed to put me on a show with him, but it didn’t happen. Later on, I met him through Juicy.
How do you feel about Juicy’s success so far?
It’s a blessing, man. He deserves it. He was always the brain behind Three 6 Mafia. He was the brain. He was the person to do all the paperwork—getting everybody up on time. He was always the business mind of the whole situation. You can see that because he’s still on it. He has a grind like a New York person—like hustlin’. He always says what he does. Juicy’s a multi-millionaire. Has been. He can walk away from everything and it wouldn’t hurt him another day of his life. He always says he always hustle like he don’t have nothing. Because when we were growing up, we was real poor. We didn’t have no money, so he was like, “I keep that same mentality. That what keeps me striving and rolling.” He does it very well. He’s a true workaholic—a machine robot every time.
Have you guided Juicy through anything as the older brother?
I am one of his main consultants. It’s like, even in the situation—how Juicy started doing mixtapes and all that—I am the one kind of like who told him what was going on. You know, introduce him to some people and they kind of brushed him. He was doing mixtapes and they kind of brushed him up on it. To this day, he just asked me something just yesterday about the new song he got out with The Weeknd.
He was asking me like, ‘You think I should do this?’ One thing about Juicy is that he don’t wait on people. He don’t wait on labels. He don’t wait on nobody. He’s got money. He was like, ‘You think I should go down here and shoot the video?’ I was like, ‘Man, look.’ The Weeknd is one of our guys too. Good friend of Juicy’s. I met him through him. I told him, ‘Look man. That dude is on flames. You need to go in there and just do what you got to do.’ That’s what it is out here, man. You gotta do what you gotta do. It’s industry. He’s going tomorrow. He ain’t waiting around.
You mentioned meeting guys like The Weeknd. How do you feel about Southern rap and the newer talent?
Right now, it is all about the trippy, hippies. Tripsters. It’s all about the tripsters now. I’m cool with it. I’m the type of person, man. However them cards get dealt—we playing Cool Kang. We playing Ace of Spades. We playing Dominos. Whatever we doing, let’s do it. If it makes some money, it makes some sense. The main thing now is everybody want to get high and everybody want to party. Since I am the rapper that I am, I always talked about smoking anyway. I can talk about getting high. I do that. [Laughs] So, that’s nothing.
But, the type of rapper I am, I still gotta throw some trap music, street stuff in there, because if I don’t, then it is going to disappoint people that has been down since the beginning. So, I would never do that. But, that’s me. I got an artist that is gonna come out by the name of Nasty Mane. See, Nasty Mane, his whole swag is the girls and the Molly. The girls, the weed, the Molly. See, it’s cool because he’s a new artist. He’s young and when he comes out, he’s gonna drop a new mixtape called Kush with Scream. When he dropped, he’s gonna be right in that lane. There’s nothing wrong with that because you know why? That’s what’s going on right now. You gotta pay attention to what’s going on and you gotta get with the younger producers.