By Amanda Byrne
Patrick Wroth has a list of people he’s thankful for in his life. In order, that list includes: his parents, his sister, his friends, and the famous rapper T-Pain.
The 21-year-old amateur rapper first started creating music by using T-Pain’s “I Am T-Pain,” an app that allowed users to rap over one of his songs and auto-tune their voices.
Wroth was only in eighth grade when he made his first rap.
“We had to do a project on the Byzantine Empire,” he said. “My teacher told us we could come up with our own idea, so I asked to create a rap.”
Wroth had his idea approved instantly. He then went into a nearby study room with his friend, Casey McKenzie, and wrote the rap within a half an hour.
“We sampled ‘I’m On A Boat’ by The Lonely Island, but since they didn’t have boats during that time period, our project was called ‘I’m On A Carriage,’” he said, laughing at his own joke. “I got an A+ on it.”
Despite how much he enjoyed it, Wroth did not create another rap until his junior year of high school.
“That summer, I was sitting with my friend in Maine and he showed me ‘Murda Bizness’ by Iggy Azalea,” he said. “I was just like, ‘I need to write a rap to this.’”
Within 20 minutes, Wroth wrote his first rap in nearly three years.
“I want my lyrics to be brain teasers. I have a lot of metaphors in mind that people might not get if they don’t stop to think about them,” he said. “If my lyrics are ever overly explicit, it’s probably because I’m being lazy.”
Wroth put the song on hold until November of that same year. He and two of his friends spontaneously decided to go to a nearby studio to have the song professionally recorded.
“My dad had bought me three hours of studio time for Christmas and I just hadn’t had a reason to use it until then,” he said. “It was sick.”
It only took the trio—who chose to go by the stage name Pure Quality—one try to get it right. They were given a CD with their recording on it, which Wroth later uploaded to his YouTube channel and tweeted out the link.
To this day, it remains Wroth’s most watched video with over 1,100 views.
“I didn’t think it would blow up like that, but it did,” he said. “After I got all that attention, I didn’t want it to die off. I wanted to really capitalize on the buzz.”
Under the name Pure Quality, Wroth quickly began writing his next rap. The group’s second single was called ‘White Bois,’ and it turned out to be another hit.
“I started getting tweets from kids I had never even talked to before,” Wroth said.
Pure Quality was at their peak of popularity. Even still, the group did not release any new music until a couple of years later, which was their last time doing so.
Wroth, however, is still making music by himself. He has dozens of recordings saved to his computer, but he has no plans to post them online.
“I do it as a creative outlet to express my ideas. That’s it. I’m not trying to be serious or make a living off of it,” he said.
For now, Wroth is focused on other things like his family, friends and schoolwork.
He lives in Westfield, Massachusetts with his parents, Matt and Renée, his sister, Jillian, and his 15-year-old toy poodle, Niko.
He studies Marketing at Stonehill College, where he is in his final year. He currently has no plans to further pursue rapping as a career option.
“If I thought I was more talented and had a bigger following, maybe,” he said.
Wroth spent the spring of his junior year in Los Angeles where he interned at a public relations firm called Beck Media. As much as he enjoyed the company, his dream internship was to work for Ellen DeGeneres. He even wrote a rap in place of the traditional application.
“I submitted it 29 times and didn’t get it,” he said, laughing. “Maybe my creative spark is just burnt out.”