Canadian rapper and songwriter Patrik is known for his lyricism and ability to speak his mind while relating to the listener. Continuously gaining major recognition from press outlets such as BBC Radio 2, Complex Canada, Sirius XM Canada, and more, he takes the world by storm with the avenues he paves and nurtures.
Delving into the summertime weather with a heated offering of eight tracks wrapped into a bundle titled, ‘The High-End Pack,’ Patrik's 2021 journey continues to sizzle as his unmatched work ethic and illuminating aura propel his cemented talents as an emerging Canadian emcee.
Commencing ‘The High-End Pack,’ with the project's introductory single, “98 Degrees,” we were almost thrown off course for a moment with the delicate effervescence that the elusive nature sound bites bring forth in the waking moments of the song. Quickly flourishing in intensity, we then get exactly what we expect from Patrik's sound; an eclectic bounce that makes you do a double-take.
With a vibrant tempo that shakes your speakers and the very ground you stand on, we’re exposed to a myriad of slick cadences that have Patrik bobbing and weaving through the enticing nature of “98 Degrees.”
Playing directly into the song’s title, this track is a certified heater. As he approaches the beat with a polished sound that takes his lyricism to the next level, we grasp onto the dark hues that organically flow from Patrik’s bass-forward vocals, all while bringing a pep to the buoyant swing that has this Trap hybrid thriving in a realm of its own.
As “98 Degrees,” shaping our expectations for what’s to come on the rest of ‘The High-End Pack,’ we’re eager to dip into this conveyance of Patrik's sonic and artistic versatility.
Thank you for joining us at BuzzMusic Patrik, and congratulations on the release of your most recent project, ‘The High-End Pack.’ Could you please share a glimpse into the deeper concept that’s locked into the ‘The High-End Pack?'
Thank you for that, it means a lot. In-depth, I wanted to create something vibrant and sound-provoking. I've had the chance to grow and change over the last few years and I felt creating the music in relation to the digital art associated with it, would create cohesive imagery, one that could serve as a representation of where I've been the last 6-9 months music-wise.
Kicking it off with a colossal track like “98 Degrees,” what is the intent behind placing this song first on the tracklist? What is this song’s significance to you?
This was more about starting the album on a high note. The beginning of the song itself sounds like the intro to a summer movie and so I wanted to start high energy and keep it at that pace throughout the whole project.
How long did it take for you to fashion this body of work? Were there any songs that didn’t make the cut, or ones that you wish could have been part of it?
That's a great question. It didn't take long simply because some of the songs I had already saved for when I'd decide to release a project, so once I started gathering the songs I had and noticed the auditory pattern these songs had, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the experimental approach I had been taking with songs. Melanin was the song I added last, and I'm happy I did, I debated it for a while but felt it fit very well, but other than that, I'm very happy with the whole selection.
What do you hope that your audience can reflect on or embrace when listening to “98 Degrees,” and the other songs heard on ‘The High-End Pack?'
That my music can be described as "sophisticated bangers." I take pride in saying something, and so I hope that as audiences learn more about me, they identify my music as such. I'm tryna make music that's universal and meaningful, like "reading a dictionary in the club."
What's next for you?
Working on a few collaboration projects, working on a movie, my album, and getting geared up to release the 98 Degrees short film and video for Everything as well as building artist services with X10 Entertainment Inc.