It’s important to give legends their flowers while they’re still here. Black Hippy Farms was able to help do just that when Project Pat performed at the Piazza in Aurora with support from Yung Joc. Project Pat is one of the most impactful artists of our time, full stop. He helped pioneer the Southern Crunk sound that reached its peak popularity in the mid-2000s, and has influenced so many of the biggest stars in hip-hop today such as Chief Keef, Cardi B, and J. Cole.

The venue was multileveled and spacious, hosting a respectable crowd eagerly awaiting Project Pat, along with fellow Southern legend Yung Joc who was set to open to show. As the hours crept closer to show time, the crowd’s eagerness grew with passing minute. Their patience was finally rewarded when suddenly, and in dramatic fashion, Yung Joc arrived to the venue right at his labeled set time. He snakes his way through the crowd onto the stage like a contestant on the Price is Right as “It’s Goin’ Down” blares through the speakers. After a riveting performance, Joc closes his set with his verse from T-Pain’s “Buy U A Drank.”

With the crowd finally warmed up for the headliner, Project Pat steps onto the stage alongside his mob to hype up the fans. Audience members could hardly contain themselves as Pat went through a medley of his classics like “North, North” “Chickenhead,” and “If You Ain’t From My Hood,” transporting everyone in the venue to the mid-2000s and back again. Coming from Memphis to Chicagoland, the legend Project Pat left fans with a reminder that his name belongs in the Pantheon of the Greats.

All photo credits to Jordan Esparaza

Tuesday Jan 30 2024