Interview – Patrik Kabongo

Canadian rapper, Patrik Kabongo has unveiled his hot new summer single, “98 Degrees”.

Following a run of success over the past few years, the Toronto- and Montreal-based artist is doubling down on a heavy blend of high energy, heavy trap bass, and Lil Mama’s “Lip Gloss” for good measure.

High tempo and high energy is nothing new to the rapper and songwriter; in fact, Kabongo has been turning heads for some time now with features in Earmilk, Elevator, Hip-Hop Canada, BBC Radio 2, Sirius XM Canada, and more.

“98 Degrees” comes off of Patrick Kabongo’s recently released eight-track album, High End Pack (2021).

Check out “98 Degrees” below, and find out more about Patrik via our mini-interview.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Patrik Kabongo, I’m a bilingual Canadian Rapper/Songwriter, Israelite, and CEO of X10 Entertainment Inc.

Tell us about the recording process behind “98 Degrees”?

The process was great. I spent time with Dayside at Velours studio, recording the song in different voices and tonalities to see which would fit the speed of the beat. I always kept in mind that I wanted the feel of the song to be reminiscent of that 2008-09 era, but as genuinely modern as possible. Overtime, it just all came together and became this sophisticated summer banger.

What was the highlight of 2020?

I’d have to say getting married & having High End featured as the main soundtrack for Tik Tok Canada’s nationwide campaign and having it played during the 2020 NBA Finals.

What do you hope to accomplish in your career in 2021?

I look forward to releasing my first album, hopefully touring the country/globe and continuously sementing myself in the industry as an artist that’s one of a kind. I hope to keep making music that people can feel empowered by and relate to. Gaining awards for my works would be nice, but those things will come in time.

Is there anyone out there you’d like to collaborate or open/close a concert with in the future?

I would love to collaborate with K-OS, Stromae, Adele, James Blake and SABA. Those are the names that come to mind. But concert wise, closing/opening a concert, I’d say Skepta, Flohio & Kanye West in addition to the artist above.

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