Aiming to be Absxlute
Raleigh, North Carolina’s Pat Junior is a seasoned veteran, with music covering multiple genres and sounds, Junior emcees and produces. While even Pat Junior admits that his beginnings in music began as a hobby, it was something he took seriously from the jump. Planned and structured tracklistings, a degree of prolificness, you would have thought Pat Junior was signed to a multi-release deal. After releasing some work in high school, Junior knew he wanted to take his art and creation seriously and to the next level.
2014 & 2015 found the North Carolina upstart releasing a couple projects in “Nystagmus” & “Just Because I Wanted To Give You A Mixtape” respectively. Both projects though in retrospect seemed to play the role of primer as Pat Junior was cooking up his best work yet. “Learning To Live (In A Day)” released in 2016 to critical acclaim. The album was picked up and covered by outlets like Dead End Hip Hop, Indy Week and more. Blavity said “Learning to Live really is a journey through adult life, relationships with a lot at stake, the black experience and so much more.” “Learning To Live (In A Day)” led Pat Junior to be covered by international outlets. The world took notice of Pat Junior and this found him opening for NoName at the Hopscotch Festival and doing shows with legendary acts like Oddisee, Black Milk and Kooley High.
After dropping “LTL” a shift came. Pat Junior found himself hitting a creative wall with his production in sampling vinyl so much. This caused Junior to embark on a journey to stretch his ears, listening to grittiness of Madvillainy mixed with the diversity and originality of Soulection brought him to his next endeavor the “Black & Mild” series. The culmination of all the experiments, the car rides blasting Madvillainy on Autumn days brought him to release this series. Gaining more Press from IndyWeek and this time adding NPR to the fray pushed our hero forward even more.
This is a loaded story already and Pat Junior’s ascension is just beginning. Later in 2019 Pat Junior will be releasing his next project and it’s promising to be his biggest. Using the multitude of musical influences and the amount of work he’s put in over the course of his career Pat Junior is getting ready to release an auditory and visual experience for listeners. The event will take place at the Creative Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Come along for the ride now, things are guaranteed to pick up pace, sooner rather than later.