Patrick Shim (21) is an independent Korean-American rapper based out of California. Despite only being active since 2020, his discography already shows his versatility and he hopes to expand this further. We interviewed him to find out more about his collective, OS VISION, that he founded with his friends, how he developed his interest in music, his creative process, and more.
What's the story behind your artist name?
Patty is a nickname that I’ve had since I was young so I feel like it was natural to make it my artist name. I wanted to have my name be something that represented me that people already knew me as, not a persona that I wanted to change into, so I feel like it was pretty natural.
What made you want to start making music?
In high school once I started to appreciate music more, and understand it on a deeper level, I wanted to replicate it in my own way, and tell my own story. Jjino was actually one of the biggest influences for me in terms of starting to make music because he used to send me remixes of old hip-hop songs that he liked and I thought it was hella cool. This eventually turned into freestyling clever bars with the homies in the car all the time - it was always for fun and a hobby.
How would you describe your musical style to someone who's never listened to your music?
My musical style is still developing and growing into its full potential but I focus on being a lyricist in my songs, mainly through my penmanship and my writing process, since to me it's poetry. I’ve built a range of sounds ranging from chill vibey songs that you can relax to, songs that are more insightful and meaningful, and of course the turn up songs for the club.
Wayside (feat. SmoovLee) (prod. Hugo Robin) - Patty
What does a typical day look like for you? Do you work on your music every day?
I'm in my last year of college so I've been balancing schoolwork and music. A typical day for me consists of going to class, finishing my homework, grinding on music, thinking about how to grow in my art, and going to the gym.
Besides making music, what else do you enjoy doing?
I’m a simple guy - I love staying active, playing sports, going on adventures and eating good food with the homies.
For your lyrics you use both Korean and English. Is there a special reason why you are mixing both languages? Does it make writing lyrics easier or harder?
I feel like it’s only right to be proud of my culture and because it’s a representation of who I am, being a Korean-American. I listen to a lot of Jay Park, pH-1, nafla, and Loopy so the way they mix the languages definitely influenced me a lot as well. Writing in Korean fosho adds another level of difficulty but I've been trying my best to practice and sharpen my pen.
Can you tell us a bit more about OS Vision and how it started? What’s your vision for the collective and what plans do you guys have for the future?
OS Vision is an Asian-American music collective based out of the Bay Area that started during COVID-19 around summer time in 2020. My brothas Jjino, SmoovLee and I all had a dream of making music so we thought it would best to chase this dream together by creating this collective - like A$AP MOB, Odd Future, or MKIT Rain (RIP). Our company is now a little over a year old and we've built a team of almost 15 people so I’m very proud of how far we’ve come and we're only getting bigger and better so keep an eye out for what's to come.
2 REAL - Patty
What’s your vision for the collective and what plans do you guys have for the future?
Personally, I envision us selling out stadiums in our area and globally, starting our own streetwear brand, and creating a fan base that is global and that gets to share an experience with us through our music.
How did you develop your music style? Who/what was the inspiration for you to create the music that you do?
I can't say that I have a definite style at the moment because I feel like I’m still in the early stages of growth in my musical journey but I’d say that my music is influenced heavily by rappers and musicians that are transparent and honest with their music. Westside Boogie and Joey Bada$$ have been a big inspiration for me since that start, and lately been listening to Lute's newest album a lot. I’m not sure why but I’m drawn to the realness that these artists show, how they really give a piece of themselves and their deepest emotions into the lyrics and melodies they write.
Are there any music genres you'd like to try out or mix into your music?
I always want to try new genres and widen my range because I feel like that's the best way of growing in your musicality. I wanna get more into indie, chill music like my brotha @roccoyellow makes, as well as experimenting into more underground genres like hyperpop and all that like @smoov_lee and @luvjacobbbb are into.
All Day - Patty
You seem to express your opinions and feelings towards another person in your lyrics and you also focus a lot on working hard. Where do you derive your inspiration for writing such lyrics from? Would you say that lyrically you have a main message you are crafting and if yes how would you summarize it?
My lyrics are a big reflection of who I am, and the stuff that I’ve been through so I’d say my lyrics are written by the emotions that I'm going through at that time. Some of my love songs are about specific girls to be honest, and they have sentimental value to me and some of them are just written thinking about love in general, my ideas of love and stuff. The working hard aspect comes from me being a creative person I guess, and the drive to work hard comes along with it. Every song that I make is like a capsule to me starting with cover art to the song itself and the music video, they all come together to express an emotion.
Which three songs would you recommend to first-time listeners? Please explain why you chose these three songs.
This question is really tough but I’d have to say "Wayside", "Worldwide", and "All Day". Those three songs are my best Korean-English songs and I’d say that "Wayside" and "All Day" are more chill vibey songs while "Worldwide" is more turn up hip hop.
What is the hardest part about being creative and what's the part about being an artist you enjoy the most?
I’d say the hardest part about being an artist is trying to find a way to express your emotions in a way that isn't cheesy or corny as f***. Also trying to find a new creative way of expressing an emotion like love, trying to make a new catchy love song, is tough because a majority of songs are about love. The best part of being an artist is definitely performing on stage with my homies, blasting music that I wrote and created - seeing people in the crowd repeating your lyrics is a surreal feeling.
Revive - Patty
How would you like to be remembered by your fans?
I want my fans to remember me as just a cool down-to-earth guy who has a unique style, makes great music.. who also happens to be up there as one of the greatest Korean-American rappers in the music industry.
As for the near future, do you have any plans that you can share with us?
I don't want to give away too much insider info but the OSV crew is going to NY in January for some concerts and to shoot some music videos so keep an eye out for us. Personally, I’m gonna keep trying to make better music and really hone my craft in storytelling and music composition.