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Ms.P Chats It Up With "Divine Bars" Pat Gallo

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Pat Gallo isn’t made for radio.

That may be a tough concept to grasp in a hip-hop arena that panders to AutoTune hooks and gimmicky dance tunes. Then again, the Westchester, N.Y., product has never been one to roll with the in crowd. “I’m not really worried about fitting in. I wouldn’t even try to,” says Pat. “If I’m riding and I want to listen to something, it’s probably not gonna be the radio [laughs]. They’re looking for a certain type of record. They want something happy. Life ain’t always a big party.”

Party and bullshit aside, that doesn’t mean the producer/rapper wouldn’t embrace a hit. “If it ends up on the radio, then great—that’s a lot of people’s goals. But I’m not going to change what I do to try to match what they’re playing on the radio. I’m not the type of person to jump on the bandwagon.”

That rebellious spirit shows on songs like the Bathgate-assisted “Leavin’” and “It Ain’t Easy” featuring Styles P and Robb G. But it wasn’t born yesterday.

As a kid whose headphones stayed ringing with vinyls and tapes from the likes of Dr. Dre, Notorious B.I.G. and Wu-Tang Clan, Pat routinely left home to stir trouble with friends. At 15, he got his first tattoo—his initials—which gradually evolved into a sea of tats. He dropped out of Walter Panas High School, went back, and then dropped out again. And he constantly butted heads with his father. Mom was quiet, the good cop with an ear for Motown grooves, Michael Jackson and a little bit of country. Dad wanted things his way.