He was one of the most polarizing comics to ever hit the stage, but for those that could handle the truth Patrice O'Neal was a master of his craft.
Whether he was on stage or lambasting the media on Fox News Patrice never compromised his integrity or his beliefs. And while his attitude may have cost him mainstream success, it earned him the reputation as one of the most respected performers to ever grace the stage.
When Patrice died back in November, 2011 he was on the cusp of finally getting what he wanted: A show that he was in charge of.
Patrice's fiancée, Von Decarlo (who also runs his production company "Gladys and Dude Productions") told BET.Com that FX had just given him the green light to do a show that would give him full creative control, much like Louis CK has.
Von also notes that Patrice was stepping more out of his comfort zone and working harder than he ever had before.
On his new album titled, 'Unreleased' which comes out this Tuesday (Aug. 20), fans will get a taste of his crowd work that came from the 4 nights he did at the D.C. Improv; the same weekend that the critically acclaimed Mr. P Album came from.
For those that have never seen or heard any of Patrice's conversational mastery, look up the track "Tolu" on YouTube and it will be immediately clear why he never had to write down any of his material.
In the skit, he playfully breaks down a member of the audience named Tolu, delving into the intricacies of how his parents came to name him and - in one of the funniest moments on the album - pinpointed how the black man with the African name came to be at the club with all white friends.
'Unreleased' looks to deliver more organic moments like that, and if it's like anything else he's done, it won't disappoint.
All proceeds from the 'Unreleased,' which will be available on iTunes, will go to Patrice's family.
On the same day 'Unreleased' drops, Von Decarlo will also be relaunching his website with a feature that will encourage fans to upload there pictures with the late comic and to tell the story that went along with the moment.
The world lost a great person and a great talent when Patrice passed away, and with 'Unreleased' hopefully some new people will get to experience his brilliance.