Harlems back! Uptown mc Bathgate (formerly known as Billy Bathgate) -- a street legend who has spit freestyle heat on countless mixtapes for major players like Kay Slay, Purple City, Clue, Whoo Kid, Envy, Enuff, Dirty Harry, Kool Kid and Clinton Sparks -- returns with his first single Everythings A Go (The Flow) b/w Badside for the brand new indie hip hop label Supreme Clientele Recordings. The single is taken from Bathgates forthcoming Capital Gang mixtape THE KID STAYS IN THE PICTURE.
Harlems back! Uptown mc Bathgate (formerly known as Billy Bathgate) returns with his new single Everythings A Go (The Flow) b/w Badside for the brand new indie hip hop label Supreme Clientele Recordings.
Starting from the ground up in the late 90s at park battles in the Manhattanville housing project to spittin freestyle classics on countless mixtapes like Kay Slays Streetsweeper series and other street joints by Purple City and DJs like Clue, Whoo Kid, Envy, Enuff, Dirty Harry, Kool Kid and Clinton Sparks, Bathgate built an enormous underground street buzz and following for an artist without an album out or a record deal.
With his name ringin off in streets everywhere, a bidding war ensued that landed Bath at Virgin records. His jumpoff single Fuck That (aka dubbed Bump That for radio) became an instant hood anthem, which Rolling Stone magazine also dubbed one of their cool hip hop, singles of the year in April 2001.
After Vibe magazine tipped him as being a part of Raps New Generation alongside Remy Martin and T.I. and with Bump That receiving major airplay and running mixshows nationwide, demand for Bathgates full-length debut Dear Rich America, My Story To You was high. But major corporate restructuring at Virgin on the eve of the albums release, resulting in much of the labels roster being dropped and key staff being laid off, left no one to properly work the album.
With his label situation in disarray, but several tracks bangin on the streets, Bath stayed focused on music. He was a headline performer on Funkmaster Flexs College Tunnel Tour with Jadakiss, appeared on Volume 3 of Flexs well-respected vinyl-only Big Truck Series Freestyle EPs, was featured in the soundtrack to the Project Gotham video game and wrote songs for others including Puffy, Trina, Amil (and a few others who shall remain nameless).
Now, after schooling himself on the business side to the industry, Bath is in control of his own destiny running his own label, Capital Gang Records, and inking a 12 single deal with Supreme Clientele to reintroduce himself to the hip hop game. The club heater Everythings A Go (The Flow) and the more pensive Badside are the first two songs from his official debut album The Education and the Supreme Clientele compilation The Clientele Chronicles Vol. 1 both due in 2005.