Bathgate Interview: A New Beginning…

Billy Bathgate, a Harlem, New York native, quickly earned respect, garnering street credibility along the way, for his fierce lyrical skills, and witty wordplay, in and around his neighborhood; the Manhattanville housing projects. He soon went from battling other aspiring emcees in the park to a much grander scale, when he was invited to freestyle for a number of high profile mix-tape deejays, i.e. Kay Slay, Clue, Whoo Kid, Envy, Enuff, Dirty Harry, Kool Kid and Clinton Sparks. Word spread fast about this super talented newcomer to the game, and before long many major labels were reaching out to offer Bathgate, a moniker he borrowed from the graphic novel & film of the same name that tells the story of a teenage boy who becomes the surrogate son of doomed mobster Dutch Schultz, a recording contract. He weighed out his many options, and with Virgin looking to be the most promising, Bathgate signed on the dotted line. His lead single, ‘F!@# That,’ or its much cleaner title, ‘Bump That,’ was a smash underground hit, and had Hip-Hop heads anxiously awaiting his, at that time, forthcoming stellar solo outing, Dear Rich America, My Story To You.

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