Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rapping under His Own Influence; Jacksonville's Paten Locke Gets Self-Reliant for His Solo Album

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rapping under His Own Influence; Jacksonville's Paten Locke Gets Self-Reliant for His Solo Album

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Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY

Paten Locke is flying solo. His vessel: A "Super Ramen Rocketship."

That's the name of his new one-man album, which landed a few weeks ago via Tres Records. But don't let the title fool you.

Locke, aka DJ Therapy, doesn't create frivolous music. An established Jacksonville-based rapper and MC, he's known for his work with The AB's (formerly Asamov) and The Smile Rays. He doesn't reveal his age, but it's been narrowed down to between 30 and 85.

So, back to the ramen. What's that all about? It's about tough economic times, Locke said. Think of the rocketship as a person's body.

"Ramen is cheap sustenance," Locke explained. "People buy it because it's cheap - it gets you to the next stop."

Plus, he eats ramen way more than an average person. At this point in his career, it's not because he can't afford anything else. He's a self-described fussy eater, and ramen is something he actually likes. Really likes. So for him, ramen fueled the album.

"Super Ramen Rocketship" is his first solo venture. Despite the trend to bring guest artists into the studio to add their influence, all the beats, cuts, rhymes and performances come strictly from Locke. He said he made a conscious decision to make the album that way, because it seems it's not done anymore.

"This is my chance to let the world know what I got," he said. "It's a testament to myself."

Locke went to Berlin to record, primarily because his good friend Britt Traynham, aka Batsauce, has been living there with his wife, Lady Daisey. Batsauce engineered the album, and he's who Locke looked to for feedback.

"When it came time to do this record ... I wanted to work with somebody who understood everything I was trying to do," Locke said, and Batsauce fit that bill.

The recording process took three months, and because Locke was in Berlin, he wasn't around a bunch of rappers as he normally would be, he said. …

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