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Hip Hop Sensation; Ricky Bats Is a Name Worth mentioning in the Music World

Throughout his career, Ricky Bats has been fearlessly and unapologetically challenging the mainstream after being inspired by the older kids rapping in his neighborhood...

By Honk MagazinePublished 2 years ago 3 min read

Ricky Bats is a multi-talented artist and songwriter who was born and raised in the South Bronx area of New York City. Throughout his career, Ricky Bats has been fearlessly and unapologetically challenging the mainstream after being inspired by the older kids rapping in his neighborhood. At the age of 13, he was able to write his first rap with the help of his brother, Bang.

During his rough teenage years, Bats fell into the street life and began selling drugs. By his late teens, he was incarcerated and, in and out of trouble, he spent most of the next two decades in prison. While locked up, he recorded his first mixtape “Bars Behind Bars: True Story No Gimmicks”. Here, he raps about his real-life experiences from the hood. Nothing stands out more in music especially Hip Hop when an artist leaves it all on the line. That relentless approach to the record lets the soul of the artistry shine through and make a true genuine connection that can last a lifetime.

In November 2014, he released his mixtape “Bronx Born Prison Raised Vol. 1” and less than 3 months after coming back home, he released his second mixtape “Bronx Born Prison Raised Vol. 2”. In April 2016, after Bats was released from parole he dropped his first EP titled, “Freedom” and then he embarked on his first nationwide tour, which was named the “Freedom Tour”. During the six-week tour, he traveled from New York to California with his team spreading his music and gaining new fans. A month later, in March 2017, Bats dropped the first single off his currently unreleased first album titled "My Crew Hungry". The single “My Crew Hungry” featuring "Uncle Murda" is an anthem and has gotten extensive airplay on both Shade45 and Massachusetts WBRK Star 101.7fm, The song’s music video is now playing on BET and Music Choice. Also in March 2017, he attended and performed at the renowned SXSW Festival in Austin, TX with collaborations, such as Maino, Sheek Louch, Tony Sunshine, Mysonne, Hell Rell, Uncle Murda, and Cory Gunz. Ricky Bats, along with his Gotham City Boys movement, is widely recognized as one of the hardest working and fastest rising indie artists coming out of the Bronx.

In 2021, Ricky Bats teamed up with Fredro Starr from legendary rap group ONYX and he recorded several notable records produced by the legend himself such as Every Day with Hard Luck, Good Lovin’ with Scrip Scott, and most recently Lickin’ Off In Hip Hop with Da Inphamus Amadeuz, which was then released under the 100 MAD imprint.

Rikky brings a daring display of art that you feel for every second on his latest single "Lickin' Off In Hip Hop". The strong sound in the production sounds like a call to action with great sample work and blaring horns setting the ultimate tone for the emceeing that commences. As the music pumps, he holds nothing back and lets his words fire off with strong substance to the pen cutting up the beat, and his conviction-filled delivery brings it all home to make sure you feel every intricacy of the record.

Check out "Lickin' Off In Hip Hop" on YouTube:

Ricky Bats’ music is a regular on Shade45 as well as BET Jams and Music Choice. It’s also available on all major streaming platforms. In addition to his music career, Ricky Bats hosts a radio show “Ride Ya Groove” on WBRK in Massachusetts, maintains his independent record label Gotham City Music Group Inc, and has acted in small onscreen roles including “About That Life” and the Showtime series “Escape at Dannemora”. All of the Bats’ videos and music can be found on his official website Besides his website, you can find his mixtapes and singles on Soundcloud, DatPiff, Audiomack, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and his videos on his YouTube channel. Be sure to follow Ricky Bats on all social media platforms as he’s got some amazing things coming his way.

For more updates, you can follow him on;

Instagram - @rickybats


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