Chris Patrick is 24-year-old New Jersey rapper making big moves on social media. His new single, “3AM” has garnered fresh attention for his career, following up on his song “Swish” making the NBA 2K21 soundtrack. We sat down with the busy artist to get the inside perspective on how he is able to work so successfully while balancing artistry with a full-time job.
Looking back, we didn’t have much a summer this year. “Stay (Summer Interlude)” by Just J brings about memories past, especially in the stagnant space that’s filled the year. But sometimes when we think of better times, we find ourselves trying to stay there.
“Living the Life” Ft. Drum Mage is a breezy listen. An R&B singer with a knack for spitting verses, Jennifair finds her pocket in the gentle wind. She raps about excelling in the moment, looking neither back on struggles overcame or ahead to treasures not yet received.
Ever wonder what it sounds like to dream with your eyes open? Sean Cleland imagined “Sleepless” to be the sound of laying awake in isolation of the late night. His mind wanders through a waking dreamland of funk and soul rhythms.
The production drizzles gently into the track. “Space” hits with R&B styled rhythms and grooves that include a glittery piano, warm baselines, and crispy smooth drums. Sernal croons with a voice as light as a summer breeze as she reflects on what’s led her to needing space.
“Henny Nights” by Lo-Ke is a song about escapism. Get lost in the upbeat rhythm and sing about drinking the blues away, but when the bottles run out you’ll still have to face your problems. Or you could just ignore them and keep dancing to this great single.
Mellow and drifting, Bolbito let’s the bars flow one after another, flowing through a river of memories — some good, some bad, sometimes peaceful waters, sometimes turbulent rapids. “Epiphany” is a poetic realization reflecting on the pain of the past but not letting it define the future.
Back again, Cantrell sores above the competition on “Birds Eye View.” With his newfound heights, the rapper looks at the game from above, an angle that affords him a wider perspective. The hunger bleeds through in his rhythm and controlled delivery.
On “Femininity” Emma Volard welcomes her womanly nature in the form of a song that sounds like a spell summoning her femininity in all its greatness. The single pushes into neo-soul soundscapes with dynamic production that ranges from smoothly drifting to tensely climbing.
Landing his song “Swish” on the NBA 2K21 soundtrack is only another step that marks the rise of New Jersey rapper Chris Patrick. His sound a unique blend of J Cole, J.I.D and Saba, Patrick has sharpened his craft with limited time and funding. He measures his success by the progression of his career, and not by the competition of his peers.