He wanted to get the true essence of the connection: Untainted Soul".Crouch and Patterson open the album with "Cloud 9", a song they wrote together, which symbolizes the dynamic of the working relationship that Crouch described.Though the sound design exudes fun(k), there's some serious catharsis transpiring underneath: Patterson arrived in California at ten years old.Though he was a major talent on shows like Kids Incorporated, he came equipped with a share of traumatizing childhood experiences.Keith Crouch, who worked with Patterson on Rahsaan Patterson (1997) and collaborates here on five tracks, describes his working relationship with Rahsaan "like two brothers". he never played anything that he was working on for another producer.He explains via e-mail, "The studio is our playground as well as a safety net for whatever we talk about. Meaning, the tracks that we were working on, he didn't play them for another producer he was working with.
"There was something very ingenious about Billie Holiday doing 'Strange Fruit', very poignant in the midst of her haze or whatever you want to call it.As the lyrics above allude, Patterson only recently resolved some of the personal hardship he endured as a child. ' Growing up Pentecostal, you automatically come equipped with this God theory and these demands of what is supposed to be based on this creator that you never really quite know is real". Reconnecting with that child, it's like also regaining that fearlessness that children come equipped with."Patterson works out a whole history of travails in his songs, though instead of bitterness or anger, he exudes sensitivity, awareness, and a playful spirit that balances the weight of the lyrics."I was a pretty sad individual," Patterson shares, "very emotional, and was like, 'What the fuck is this shit? I'm impressed and heartened by how comfortably he opens up:"Traumatic things happen in your life as kids and more traumatic shit happens as adults. In the midst of his romantic frustration Patterson still entertains his listeners.He stands about 40 blocks away from his grandparents' church in Harlem and a few lifetimes away from his childhood.Ever since the arrival of his self-titled debut in 1997 on MCA Records, Rahsaan Patterson has been catching up to himself, especially with the young boy who moved to Los Angeles at an early age to pursue show business.