50 Cent completely flubbed “A-Yo Technology” in my mind. Justin Timberlake laced him with a hook about dealing with a girl thats big on texting, and short on sexin. I know in my life I have at least 7 girls that text me every other day for no conceivable reason other than maybe they are socially inept. But “Cuuurtis” only uses his phone to snitch, so he wrote a corny fantasy verse that sounded like he had a porn site open on his PC instead of commenting on the social pathologies that are being created by technological social tools. Well, Project Pat never rats, even though he loves the cheese. And his crew Hypnotized Minds have alway been on the cutting edge of future talk. Who can forget Triple Six Mafia’s song “Two Way Freak” about a sexual deviant that overuses a man’s Motorola. And you gotta know, Project Pat has had plenty of time to ponder the new world we live in, and the changes that go on. Imagine going in and out of jail for Aggravated Robbery, and Probation violations during the 90’s and the 00’s and constantly adapting to the various innovations in communication. I mean the first time Pat got locked people were still using beepers. Well with that cultural vantage point, Project Pat-a is back with his new album “Walkin Bank Roll’ due out October 30th. The first single “Don’t Call Me No Mo. Don’t Text Me No Mo” is very critical of those that abuse modern devices. I discussed this song, his appearances with Three 6 on the MTV Reality Show “Adventures in Hollyhood” and his move to Koch via celluar phone while he was running errands.
Wes Flexner:How was the MTV Show?
Project Pat:It was good.
WF:Did they pay you?
PP:Hell yeah they paid us.
WF:Did MTV try to push you to do things that would make you look foolish?
PP:They tried to make us do a couple things. But you know Hypnotized Minds is gonna keep it street. They ain’t makin us do nothin.
WF: There is this band Severe that recorded a song about how happy it made them that you were getting out of jail. Why do you think metal kids love Project Pat so much?
PP:I have no idea why they like me. But I am glad they do!
WF:Is the Crook by da Book actually book ever coming out? Are you still writing it? (Women interupts.)
WF:Is the Crook by da Book actually book ever coming out? Are you still writing it?
PP:I am listening.
Women keeps talking. Pat is listening to the woman not me.
WF:Are you still writing a book?
PP:We making a movie about that. I ain’t trying to promote that right now. I am promoting this album.(Car door opens. Beeping sound alerting open door.)
WF:OK. The new single is about texting. How do I get a girl to stop texting me?
PP:YOU TELL HER TO STOP.
WF:On that song you say “I fell in love with a stripper.Now let me hit it from the back”. Man you really wouldn’t fall in love with a stripper would you?
PP:I can see that happening. I can definitely see that happening.
WF:How is “Walkin Bank Roll” different from your last album “Crook By Da Book”?
PP:It ain’t much different. We at Hypnotized minds do what we do. Juicy J and Paul are on it. We aint’ trying to crossover. You can crossover with a song but that ain’t gonna do nothing really. We ain’t worried about crossing over to nobody.
WF:Why did you go with Koch instead of Sony?
PP:I didn’t like the singles they picked. I thought it should’nt been different. “Projects was good single. They shoulda followed it with something different. But you know. Everyone has their opinions on how to do things. We with Koch now. We were gonna go with Select-o Hits. We know how they do business. But Koch is underground. We went with them instead.
I am tired of people talking bout the South. Saying we ain’t lyricists. We don’t care about that. Don’t come around here talking that bullshit. We about money. Hypnotized Minds we make motivational music. We don’t care about nothing but that money. Don’t come here talking that. We bout that 30 to 40 colors of candy paint on the car. We about that money. We from Memphis. People get killed everyday. Don’t come here talking that bullshit. We don’t want to here about hardtimes. I mean you can talk about hardtimes a little bit. But we ain’t trying to hear it. Don’t come to the South with that mess. We about making money. Hypnotized minds is about celebrating making money.
WF:What else is there to say? Thanks for your time.
MP3:Project Pat:Don’t Call Me No Mo