Melodic hip hop has become one of the most prominent forms of music in the past few years and there’s no one doing it in Denver quite like Slouch. From catchy hooks to smooth, polished production, Slouch’s sound has all the necessary ingredients to become something big, but his growth isn’t complete yet. While he has already transformed his sound once (he was formerly known as P. Rose), the Mile High MC has his mind set on putting the finishes touches on his musical aesthetic in a variety of ways. Even though he may feel he has a ways to go still, the progression he has shown has been impressive already and is proof that he has the vision and work ethic it takes to reach the goals he’s set for himself. The combination of these intangibles and the chemistry he has with producer slackbeatz make it feel like anything is possible for Slouch and his future is looking as bright as anyone’s in the city.
Right when Patrick Rose, now known as Slouch, walked into St. Marks Cafe, it became clear why he had picked his moniker. Tall and slightly hunched over, accompanied by a clear sense of style, Slouch’s demeanor mirrored his music’s often nonchalant yet highly catchy vibe. Once he sat down and began talking, he made it known that while he may have honed in on a sound that fits his style, it didn’t happen overnight and he has come a long way from his days as P. Rose. The robust sound he has now evolved from a more “bro-ey”, cannabis focused version of hip hop that didn’t highlight Rose’s melodic abilities. Success wasn’t easy to find as P. Rose, but the Denver artist has started picking up steam since his transition into Slouch, especially after linking with producer slackbeatz during their time at the University of Colorado Denver. This formidable duo has started to take the Denver hip hop scene by storm, coming in strong with consistently dope music and electric chemistry that makes it feel like these two were meant to work with each other. With a few joint projects under their belt, these teammates already have a solid foundation of work, but Slouch’s sights are set on things bigger than his current situation.
When asked about how the Denver hip hop scene has progressed over the past few years, Slouch showed excitement at the idea that Denver is becoming a destination city for young artists. Growing up in Aurora and trying to find a place on the often elusive hip hop scene was somewhat of a challenge for Slouch, and there weren’t many big local acts to look up to. This somewhat barren musical landscape led the burgeoning musician to be influenced by the likes of Kid Cudi and later Post Malone, Joji, and Oliver Francis, all artists who employ their melodic talents similarly to the way Slouch does today. These influences helped shape his sound, but also expanded his horizon beyond Colorado state lines.
“When asked about how the Denver hip hop scene has progressed over the past few years, Slouch showed excitement at the idea that Denver is becoming a destination city for young artists.”
Even with the Denver scene progressing in a positive fashion, Slouch feels the ceiling for hip hop artists in the Mile High City isn’t quite 5280 feet high. After putting in years of time and effort into making the scene a respectable one, Slouch feels like it may be time to move on to new opportunities, to get out of the fishbowl that is Colorado hip hop. With a focused sound and the chance for growth, Slouch is looking at Los Angeles as a possible destination to pursue his entertainment dreams. While he acknowledges Denver’s potential ascent, he admits L.A.’s allure is hard to resist as the city is a hub for hip hop talent and possible industry connections. Even though his future is possibly filled with palm trees and beaches, Slouch is making the most of his time in Denver while he’s still here.
Being a big fish in a small pond is an interesting predicament, but Slouch has made sure his fans in Denver know he is going big places. His consistently creative, high quality sounds and visuals have been gaining attention from prominent Denver publications. His latest video for the track Potions was featured in Westword and got some solid attention, which is an important milestone for artists in the city, showing that he is heading in the right direction quickly.
“His consistently creative, high quality sounds and visuals have been gaining attention from prominent Denver publications… such as Westword.”
Slouch’s focus now is on continuing this ascent, and he’s working on a new project that still brings that catchy Slouch sound but also introduces some newfound depth to his subject matter. With a focus on honest, thoughtful songwriting, this next tape could show the finished product of the Slouch sound; catchy, smooth, relatable, and contemplative with a dash of confidence. The future is undoubtedly exciting for this budding Denver musician and if there was an ideal time to start following his rise, it’s right now.