“If our mamas can’t listen to it, we can’t do it.”
Born and raised in Miami, Conscience Rhyme was blessed to come up in an area where all styles of music were embraced. On his new album “The Unauthorized Bio of Patrick J. Wilcox”, Conscience Rhyme is on a mission to show that music with a conscience can be dope again.
Conscience Rhyme says, “There is no Public Enemies in today’s Hip Hop and my question to the masses is why? My album was a call to action to today’s artists and media. We are losing our youth by the thousands and no one is addressing it.” Scroll down for full bio and full description of the album.
About The Unauthorized Bio of Patrick J. Wilcox:
This album was an accumulation of many years of provocative thought and the love for the art form which is Hip Hop.
Growing up in Miami Florida, I was blessed to have been in a place where all types of music was embraced. On any given day you might here Reggae, Salsa, or Hip Hop. This was also the atmosphere that spawned Luke Records and the 2Live Crew; Luther Campbell gave local artist an opportunity to shine, which gave hope to young artist like me.
I was a member of several local groups but none were successful. Tired of the heartache of trying to get in the business and with a baby on the way I joined the U.S. Air Force. In the Air Force I met my musical and business partner Op-Solo.
We formed Purgatory, Andromeda, and Ill/Flo Entertainment. We finished our first album “Incursion” in 2004; this established our brand of music that our mothers can listen to and was the catalyst for my solo project.
On “The Unauthorized Bio of Patrick J. Wilcox” I set out to show that music with a conscience could be dope again. Today’s Hip Hop is lacking balance; in its heyday Hip Hop was danceable, dangerous, and social. Some where along the way we kept the ladder and lost the social.
There is no Public Enemies in today’s Hip Hop, and my question to the masses is why? My album was a call to action to today’s artists and media. We are losing our youth by the thousands and no one is addressing it. Not sure if it’s because they are afraid or just don’t give a damn, but the void is very apparent.
From “ The Introduction” to “All Good” I tried to lyrically paint a social and spiritual portrait of today’s society. On “Derrion’s Song” I addressed the black on black epidemic in this country, by talking about a young man that was killed senselessly in Chicago because he wouldn’t join a gang. It fell under the radar but I felt it needed to be addressed.
The song “Life” which is my favorite song on the album, is my conversation with life. I thought of how much we as human beings take life for granted, I thought what would I say to life if I could talk to it. I tried to think of all the things we think and never say as it pertains to life.
On “Thoughts Only” I addressed everything that was in my head while creating this project. The way we as Americans treat immigrants like dirt but we need them to do jobs we won’t do. I also talked about putting our hopes in man and not in God.
Ill/Flo Entertainment and Purgatory have been addressing social issues since their inception. While today’s artists only make protest songs when tragedy strikes we were trying to warn America prior to. Our motto is “If our Ma’am’s Cant Listen To It We Cant Do it”. My album sticks to that script, you will not find any vulgar language on my project or a Purgatory project. What you will find is lyricism and a demand for change.
Conscience Rhyme Bio:
Born and raised in Miami Florida Conscience Rhyme became engulfed in hip hop culture at an early age. Influenced by Eric B and Rakim, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, Poison Clan, and Public Enemy just to name a few. Gifted with an ability to touch listeners with the depth and strength of his voice matched only by his intellectual lyricism. In June of 1996 while serving in the U.S. Air Force, Conscience Rhyme would meet his lyrical partner in rhyme from the southside of Chicago Op-Solo. Together they would form Purgatory and began a musical odyssey that has endured eighteen years. Along with the super group Andromeda, Conscience Rhyme sets fourth on a spiritual, political, and provocative journey with the release of his first solo Album “The Unauthorized Bio of Patrick J. Wilcox”. Hip hop has now been elevated to heights unmatched by simple mortals and the final destination and verse has yet to be written.