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Project Pat
Walkin’ Bank Roll

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Project Pat has had more ups and downs than a seesaw. After his breakout appearance on Three 6 Mafia’s 2000 smash “Sippin’ on Some Syrup,” the local star earned a platinum plaque for his 2001 disc, Mista Don’t Play: Everythangs Workin. But Pat’s solo career hit a snag when, at the height of his popularity, he was jailed for a parole violation. Released four years later, the Memphis native found himself back at square one when his post-jail project, Crook by Da Book: Fed Story, stalled out at 148,000. Bankin’ on his exposure from Three 6’s MTV reality series, Pat hopes Walkin’ Bank Roll will put him back on the upswing.

With Juicy J and DJ Paul behind the boards, Pat has no worries in the beat department, making his only problem haters and hoes. For the former, there’s “See You Fall,” where he addresses rival d-boys who pray for his downfall. For the latter, check the Pimp C–assisted “Talkin’ Smart,” where he vividly describes the art of layin’ the pimp hand down. Then, on the ringtone-ready “Don’t Call Me No Mo,” Pat tells a former jump-off, “Don’t be booty callin’ me, you could keep ya legs closed/Never get this thing again for ya cooch or ya throat.”

Despite the plethora of bumpin’ tracks and catchy hooks, Pat fails to elevate the music with varied subject matter. Both “Hate My Swag” and “Motivated” rehash the same all-eyes-on-me mentality. Another fault is Pat’s lyrical inconsistencies. One minute he’s praising recreational drug use, with intoxicated anthems like “Good Weed” and “Powder.” The next he’s staunchly denouncing the great white way on “Bull Frog Yay” (“For that cocaine leaf people die, lose they life and/End up goin’ to jail, dealin’ with these snitches that’s triflin’”).

Expecting lyrical supremacy from Pat, however, is like searching for redemption in a whorehouse. His brand of music is a guilty pleasure that relies on energized simplicity backed by a thundering score. If that’s all you’re looking for, then Walkin’ Bank Roll is right on the money.—PAUL CANTOR

  • rapfan227

    first nigg.az

    this is about right, id give this a 5/10

    • TruMac6

      Hell Naw My niGGa lil pat Killa Dis shyt brah.HE kill lil wayne in a free style any mutha fukin day. 11/10 wut he deserve

  • Stuckfresh

    All pat shit is tight!!! Crook by the book was off the chain!!!!!

  • Ali

    im still heated off of that Chamillionaire rating man lol…u mean 2 tell me that Walking Bank Roll was as good as Ultimate Victory? cmon

    • http://www.myspace.com/justfilthybeats PatMan

      project pat is the greatest of all time. Anyone who says he has nothing to say is a fool. If you open your minds and hear the wisdom in the simplicity of his lyrics and his metaphors, you will see that he is pure genius. Pat’s words have touched my soul and altered my life forever. You need to realize the truth about Pat’s legend worthy abilities

  • CRITIC

    I AGREE

  • Curse58

    Project Pat Is The Best Rapper Alive

  • Dread

    Pat is IMHO one of the next best storytellers next to Ice Cube..I mean listen to 90 Days and We Can Get Gangsta and you mean to tell me that aint true lyricism ? Paul go back to listening to Das Efx wiggity wreck it.

  • triplesixninja

    we can get gansta! we can get gangsta!

    http://www.pimpinpens.blogspot.com/

  • 2Tall

    I bought the CD strictly cuz i’m a project pat fan, i couldn’t wait for that nigga to get out of jail. I was disappointed in Crook by the Book, Walkin Bank Roll ain’t no MistaDontPlay or Layin The Smack Down but its progress, hopefully Pat keep his head up and make another Cd full of bangers.

  • GHETTY GREEN

    GHETTY GREEN WAS AND STILL IS ONE OF THE BEST FUCKIN HOODLUM ALBUMS EVA
    PAT NEED 2 GO BACK 2 DAT GHETTY GREEN SHIT

  • SKEET EATER

    i heard poject pat is about to strike a deal with g-unit south.i hope he does cuz g-unit is one some global domination shit.straight up.i heard loyd banks put on some suicide vest on himself for his next album cover.some real ones too!thats some raw shit.even though they flopped a couple of times i still jump in front of fifty if he was gettin shot!!!fo life!them niggas changed my life.

  • Suicide

    i dnt think u understand Paul Cantor project pat has been through sum thangs…Project Pat has inspired too many people for some 1 like u to be bring him down like u did in the start….now i got respect for what u said late on about his Cd’z and mo….but all the other stuff u be sayin that not good….hell naw….”project Pat has had more ups and downs than a seesaw”Try going through half of da thangs hez been through in his life time……He does more thangs with his music other than wut u think…he saved my life tought me not to take no mess from no man……(We Can Get Gangsta)Its all about dat Ghetty Green……….Word to the wise…and to da land.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/RICHANDFILTHYUK RICH KID LDN

    PROJECT PAT IS SICK DONT FORGET THIS IS THE GUY WHAT DONE “CHICKENHEADS” AND ALSO “DONT SAVE HER “.PP HAS BEEN DOING HIS THING BEFORE NOLIMIT SO HE DEFINATELY INFLUENCED ALOT OF THE CURRENT SOUTHERN ARTISTS WHETHER THEY ADMIT IT OR NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vince

    project pat is amazing they way he rap is one of a kind i got everyone of his cd’s and i can’t wait till he comes out with anouther one
    this cd is his best so far

  • Diamond

    Pat the best rapper n he one the realest niggas in the game alongside BG he my favorite rapper