Since his release from prison in 2014, Ricky Bats is undeniably one of the hardest working artists in the city of New York. Fresh off of a long stretch he came home and got right to work. He’s done collaborations with Maino, Uncle Murda, Cortez, Innocent? and plenty of other artists. He’s released several projects including his latest entitled BATS Project. He played a small role in The Award Winning Ben Stiller Directed, Showtime Series Escape At Dannemora and he’s just getting started. His latest video for “Lay Low” was just picked up by BET Jams. We got the chance to chop it up with the Bronx native. Check out the interview below.
Ok, Ricky Bats from the South Bronx, I see you’ve been working and making noise in the hip hop industry. You just recently dropped a project called “BATS Project,” what was your thought process when you were putting it together?
Yes, I just dropped the BATS Project. Basically, I felt there were previous songs I released on other albums or mixtapes that didn’t get enough shine on them so I added new records for the existing fans to rock out to and put them all on one project
So kinda like a ‘Best of BATS’ with unreleased music as well. Dope! And I see you got some clean visuals too! Congratulations on your video “Lay Low” being featured on BET Jams! That’s a major accomplishment! So, what does the B.A.T.S stand for?
Yeah man, I feel blessed to have my video featured on a major platform such as BET Jams! Shout out to my guy Inph, he directed the video. That video was shot in Pittsfield, Mass. One of my favorite videos I’ve done. And (B.A.T.S,) stands for Born A True Spitter, which is an acronym to my name and I felt it was only right to name the project as such.
You’re not only a rapper, but you also got a little acting under your belt too. I saw your appearance in the hit Showtime series “Escape At Dannemora” directed by Ben Stiller, starring Patricia Arquette, Benicio del Toro, and Paul Dano. How was that experience?
Yes, I am a man of multi-talents. That was a crazy experience for me to be working with some of the greats in Hollywood. But it got too realistic for me
as the months went on.
How long did you film for? And why was it too realistic for you?
I filmed for 3 months. Got up at 5:30 in the morning and it would wrap at 7:30 pm almost daily. The series is based on a prison worker who helps two inmates escape from prison. I played an inmate. And I’ve spent some time incarcerated, so being in that environment kind of gave me flashbacks to those dark days, but just knowing I could leave at any time was good enough for me to see it through.
Ok, I see. Are you getting into more acting or was that a one-hitter quitter?
Haha Nah, that’s the start to a new chapter in my career. Acting is so universal and nondiscriminatory to age. In hip hop, I feel once you reach a certain age, it’s time to do something else other than rap. Whether it’s running your own record label signing artists or doing some acting, you know what I mean, something else within the industry.
Gotcha! Gotta have a game plan and an end game. So, BATS 2018 was a great year for you. What do you predict for 2019 and what other projects do you have coming?
Well, I don’t know what to predict. All I know is if I continue working then good things will come from that. It’s a routine that hasn’t failed me yet. My next project after the B.A.T.S Project is “Visions Of A Prospect” which is slated to drop this spring.
What type of album is “Vision Of Prospect”?
It’s a personal one. My fans will get to know about me a lot more.
Nice I can’t wait! I’m a big fan of your music and I already know you will have bangers on there! You haven’t disappointed me yet! Any shout outs you wanna give before wrapping up? And where can the people find your music?
You can find my music on all streaming platforms such as Spotify, GooglePlay, Itunes, Deezer, DatPiff.com, RickyBATS.com & much more.
I wanna shout out my squad Gotham City Boys and my label Gotham CityMusic Group. I also wanna shout you out my brother KB Tindal. I appreciate you for having me. Always been real!
A couple of weeks back Candido Bousquet released his single for “Wake Up” from his The First Element EP. The song is super refreshing for the culture. “Wake Up” is a track for all walks of life and all ages alike, and that’s something that is indeed very rare in today’s age of pure Hip Hop. Hats off to Candido Bousquet for going against the grain and winning with this one. The video is directed by KB Tindal and Candido himself, and it stars, Avon Rosales as Dido’s love interest and the track has already amassed close to 10,000 streams on SoundCloud
Bronx native D. Green returns with yet another bar heavy single that tackles the state of the world today. With all of the finger pointing and race hatred and comparisons going on in Amerikkka, there needs to be a voice to speak the truth. “Everybody’s a critic, everybody has a say so / but never walked a mile in my Jays though…crazy,” spews D. Green on his latest release “As Far As I See.” Accompanied with the vocal stylings and indie soul of EE Beyond, D. Green is set to make waves again this summer. Check out the visual for the track which was blazed by Manyskillz Films and peep the entire project, This is “For The F.E.W. 2 which is the follow-up to the very successful This is For The F.E.W.
“Wake Up” is a socially conscious rap that pays homage to the boom bap days of Hip Hop with a little new age sound. Although it holds rather simple and clean vocabulary, the melodic chorus and overall tone of the song is rather deep. The chorus, “Wake up in the morning say I’ll be okay, throw my hands up live to fight another day,” is meant to breed positivity in a world that continuously spawns and encourages negativity. Although these aren’t the easiest of times, we should still find ways to enjoy ourselves, chase our dreams, and fight for what we believe in. Bars from Candido showcase this sentiment as he spews, “let’s keep it positive and spread the love drug.” Ultimately, no matter what circumstances we’re faced with, it’s on us to make a change for the upwardly movement of ourselves. Dido’s intro verse speaks to that philosophy as he states, “Ever since Martin King I knew I had a dream” which is meant to express that very thought of resilience to overcome any obstacle. At the end of the day, “Wake Up” is a track for all walks of life and all ages alike.Something that is indeed very rare in today’s age of pure Hip Hop. Hats off to Candido Bousquet for going against the grain and winning with this one.
Check out Candido’s full project The First Element on SoundCloud HERE.
Millions of people make video clips every day of their antics hoping to go viral and become the next American superstar. Well, E-Class and Young Poppa did the same thing. The difference is that their talent is not a joke or a gimmick. It’s a natural gift. They rap and they are nice at it. They are so nice that after only 4 parts of their In The Whip series, where they can be seen trading bars back and forth in the front seats of their mother’s car, that they’ve amassed over 3 million views on YouTube. Their latest part to the series also showcases a heavy co-sign and some swapping of the bars with two of the best bar spitting legends in the game in Jadakiss and Styles P.
11-year-old Young Poppa and his 19-year-old brother E-Class grew up in Ellenville NY which is about 90 minutes from The Big Apple in a household that was rich with Hip Hop flavor served raw by their mom Tiffany. Well, the love of the culture has paid off because her boys learned the culture and have been perfecting their craft for several years now. They’ve been courted by record labels and their stock is sure rising to a new level. They will soon release their Family Business project and for them, it is all family business being they their mom is their manager.
Tent TV’s got you covered with this exclusive interview from the Ellenville duo. With bars and the love for the game that they have, and of course the cosign’s of the industry greats, there’s no stopping in sight for E-Class and Young Poppa collectively known as The Hoodies. The Hoodies is the moniker that they chose because of the senseless violence being washed over on Black male youths when they are targeted as criminals for wearing hoodies. The name is a full tribute to Trayvon Martin and others who have been forced to succumb to the violence due to this ongoing issue of police violence based on appearance
So sit back, relax and take a ride in the whip with us as we kick it with The Hoodies.
Please tell our readers a little bit about your history as aspiring artists.
Well me and my brother have been rapping for a long time now. Since I (E-Class) was about 9/10 years old I wanted to be called one of the greatest of all time and I still want to be, and I won’t stop till I’m recognized as such. Young Poppa is a monster in the works ha ha !! Give him a short amount of time and he’s going to take the game by storm!
Being from Ellenville NY what are the differences or similarities in your town as opposed to the big city of NY when it comes to Hip Hop?
Hip-Hop has a heavy influence where I’m from. Ellenville is a small town but we’re about an hour and a half outside NYC. We are real in tune with what the city is up too.
Growing up in a household where your Mom/Manager listened to classic Hip Hop like Eric B & Rakim, EPMD, LL Cool J, Nas, DMX, Biggie, Jay-Z and 50 Cent what artist was your first introduction to Hip Hop that made you want to rap?
For me (E-Class) it was hands down Pac, Jadakiss, and Nas that made me want to rap. I listen to them every single day and there’s probably not one song I don’t know by them. (Young Poppa) for me, it was 50 Cent, Biggie, and Pac. I listen to new rappers too but old school Rap is my favorite.
You’ve both been rapping since an early age so when was the turning point that you decided to form the group The Hoodies?
When we saw the youth being targeted because they wore hoodies we decided to stand up and represent something that was looked at negatively and turn it into something positive. All of the youth are my hoodies.
You guys have racked up over 3 million views for your, In The Whip series and have recently been seen taking trading bars with the likes of the OG’s Jadakiss and Styles P. What inspired the In The Whip Series?
In The Whip came from me and my brother recording freestyles in my mom’s car, we just came up with the name and idea. Shout out to Kiss and SP those are the big homies for sure!
How are you adapting to the new fame?
It’s still new to us. We could be at a mall or restaurant and people run up to us or point at us so it’s weird but dope.
Have there been any major labels seeking you guys out for deals?
Yeah, we have gotten a few offers.
Being that you were raised with knowledge of the history of Hip Hop how important is it to you to carry on the legacy that preserves the culture in your music?
It’s the most important thing about music to me! Respecting the culture and knowing where it all started is mandatory. Making sure it lives on is even more important. Even if you have that new sound (Trap Rap, Pop Rap) and want to make your new wave, just pay homage to the people who laid the ground work down for you to have an outlet to put your music out. The game is in great hands if given to me and Poppa I can assure you that!
Who are some artists and producers that you’d like to work with in the future?
Some producers I want to work with (E-Class) are Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, and 40
(Young Poppa) DJ KHALED!!!!!!!! And DR.DRE !!!!!!
Why did you choose the name The Hoodies for your group?
We chose the name the Hoodies when Trayvon Martin was killed. Me and my little bro identified with that so much because we are young men who wear that same piece of clothing. We wanted to start a MOVEMENT that puts a positive spin on such a negative stigma. Hopefully we can meet the parents of Trayvon one day!
I know you’re working on the Family Business project. Are there any special features that we should look out for on the project?
That’s extremely confidential ha ha you won’t be disappointed I can assure that!
What’s up next for you guys besides the project that you’re releasing? Shows Videos, endeavors outside of music etc.?
We will keep the fans updated on all of our social media pages with what moves we are making. I promise we will bring Grade-A and nothing less
This question is for Mom. How happy are you now that your sons are one step closer to making their dreams a reality and how important is it to you that they represent themselves as well as the culture of Hip Hop properly through their music?
To watch my sons live out their dream and to be doing it together is a dream come true for me. Hip Hop raised me, I am a part of the culture. I dabbled in a few bars myself lol. I battle with them for fun but my boys are the true stars.
Every now and then, approximately every 3-7 years, Hip Hop is blessed with someone who has the ability to become a game-changing savior to the culture. We saw it happen in the last 15 years with 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and J Cole, even though a lot of people downplay J’s accolades. The decade before gave us the likes of Nas, Hov, Big, 3000, Pac and Pun, but it takes more than just bars. It takes a hunger to be the best, a knack to embrace creating musical song concepts that are above the norm, a mindset to welcome the challenge of haters and far less superior wordsmiths that will challenge you for your spot once you’ve achieved it. It takes a knowledge of the history of the greats of the culture, in order to expand on it. It takes a boisterous attitude to go after your idols and challenge them in healthy competition for the throne. As if that wasn’t enough, ANoyd walks around with a sealed copy of Nas’ Illmatic on vinyl for inspiration. His releases, Autumn In Sinsinati and Once in a BRGNDI Moon speak for themselves.
Bloomfield, Connecticut spawned ANoyd, and he has the potential to become that next invasive voice that changes the culture. His witty wordplay and cracking punchlines soar with wit, humor, and conscious intensity. His aggressive need and will to win is front and center with no plan B or apologies attached. This is his destiny. He doesn’t need you to tell him that he’s nice behind the mic. His mother told him that he’s nice and for him, that’s more than enough.
Tent TV got the chance to chop it up Under The Tent with the upstart Emcee about his moniker, the BRGNDI movement that he represents and what it means to be a lyricist in today’s age of rappers. ANoyd has already blessed the mic with freestyles for Funkmaster Flex and Statik Selektah’s ShowOff Radio on Shade 45. He also performed his explosive socially conscious single “Rain” on DJ Enuf’s, The Hot Box. So sit back and take and ride through the mind of an annoyed Emcee who wants to change the face of Hip Hop as we know it and find out why he is truly ANoyd.
First tell the readers a little bit about your history and what it took for you to get to this point.
My name is ANoyd and I’ve been rapping for a little over 6 years now. I started writing in my mother’s basement, just me and my homies having fun trying to be like the rappers we looked up to. It took a lot of writing day in and day out perfecting my craft, hours in the mirror going over my lyrics and pretending there’s a crowd in front of me. Also a good team behind me that pushes me to be greater every day, and my State for supporting me every step of the way.
How did your connection with RichBreed and your previous projects ANoydwithLife, Autumn In Sinsinati, Once In A BRGNDI Moon come to life?
We went to high school together but he graduated before me, so we knew of each other, but I never knew him personally, till one day I was on his SoundCloud. I told him to send me some beats cause I loved his work. So he kept giving me beats, of course for a fee, till one day he was like like “Yo, let’s just partner up and build a sound together,” because I was bodying his beats. And it was history after that, we’re brothers now and we still building that sound we always talked about. Shoutout to my brother RichBreed and Ty Nitty. Both are geniuses
Coming from Bloomfield, CT. and being the son of Reggae artist Chuck Fenda, what was it like growing up?
It was great growing up in Bloomfield because it’s a calm town. Nothing too crazy ever happens around Bloomfield, It was just my Mom and I and we lived in Hartford, she worked her ass off to get us out of the rough times and I’m very blessed that I spent the majority of my childhood in Bloomfield. Things we’re still rough here and there but we always pulled through. I wasn’t close to my father in my younger years, He lives in Jamaica and he was always touring and doing his music thing. As time went on I understood why he was there as much and eventually we got that father and son connection back. I love my dad so much, I can see I get the passion for music from him.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
I grew listening to a lot of Dipset, G-Unit, D-Block, Fabolous, Lil Wayne and Max B. Of course, Reggae and Old R&B. As I started getting into rapping, I started listening to A LOT of Nas, Biggie, Tupac, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, Pun, Mobb Deep, Killa Army, Rakim and more. I knew if this is what I wanted to do I had to do my history.
When did you realize that you were nice on the mic?
I knew I was nice when my mom told me I was. My boys always told me I was nice but I ain’t believe them until moms told me. I knew I wanted to rap professionally the first time I performed. It was a high school talent show, and the rush I got when I was rapping on stage was electrifying. That was the moment I knew that this is what I want to do. I actually skipped school to go try out for it so you know it’s real.
From listening to you, in my opinion, you fall into the category of an Emcee not just a Rapper, and you use a lot of bar heavy content. Where does your wordplay come from? Do you read a lot of books etc., to come up with the word combinations you use?
I’m heavily influenced by battle rap, so I like punching heavy in my verses. I don’t read much but I need to start because I would be a monster if I did ha ha ha. I do use the internet, an online dictionary, and rhyming books. Those three things help me out a lot, because every time I write I learn a new word, or a new meaning of something. So I don’t only write music just to write it, I also write to learn.
What artists influence your music?
Nas of course, Jay-Z, Tupac, Andre 3000, Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, J.Cole and many more. The list goes on forever.
How did you come up with the name ANoyd and what does it signify for you?
One day I was in my room and I was annoyed with the way life was, and I was annoyed with music at that point in time. Also I wasn’t really in love with my rap name then so ANoyd was the best thing since sliced bread. The name was so original and it just fits me, it was perfect for me when I thought of it. I made the N capital cause it made the name look 10 times better!
How has the reception from the new fans been since your freestyles on Funkmaster Flex and Statik Selektah’s and DJ Enuff’s radio shows?
It’s been amazing. I knew I had to go up to these platforms and show people that it’s possible to do this being from where i’m from. I get DM’s every day from people saying I give them hope and I keep them going. I’ve gained so many great new fans that really listen to every word in every song. It’s amazing.
What is the team BRGNDI movement about?
BRGNDI is just a movement full of dopeness. Anything dope is BRGNDI, it’s also my favorite color so the name just fits my style. I took the U’s out of Burgundy and just made it my own thing. I love where it’s gotten, I didn’t think it would be this big of a movement. Eventually, I want to make it a label and have a bunch of dope artists, helping them out and changing their lives.
Are there any major labels checking on you right now?
Yes. there is actually. A lot of them, we took a few meetings recently and it’s been nothing but great feedback from them. Eventually when it’s time I’ll make that move, right now I’m just focused on the music!
Would you prefer to remain an independent artist, or would you like to sign with a major label and why?
Yes. I do want to remain independent just because you don’t really need major labels anymore with the way things are now. Also, I just want to make sure I keep full creative control on everything my voice is on!
What’s next for ANoyd? Collaborations, tours, new music, ventures outside of music etc.?
Just more dope music, and videos. Definitely some dope collabs, and a dope tour when the right one comes to the surface. I’m just going to continue taking things day by day like I been doing. Keep pushing my pen game and pushing myself period as human being to be great in whatever comes my way
Let everyone know how they can keep up with you on social media and give out any last words?
Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat : @livinanoyd
Facebook : ANoyd Autumn In Sinsinati available everywhere. livinanoyd.com for shows, visuals, clothing, etc.
Much love to all. God bless
The Everyday Girl was created to give
the extraordinary woman
that is disguised by the ordinary
a platform to be seen, heard and embraced
When you’ve been grinding in the industry for years what do you do after some of your goals have come to fruition? Well, you grind some more. NeVaughn “Vaughn Live” Brown and Luke Torres are doing just that. After years on the music side of the entertainment industry, Vaughn decided to link up with a like-minded brother to set a new goal, one that makes everyday women reach their pinnacle. One that can take your average girl from small town Germany and put her side by side with the girl from big town NYC and together they walk the same path as well as their individual ones. The Everyday Girl is a full-fledged modeling agency, magazine and clothing line. The EVDG fashion campaign runs across America in search of the everyday girls who were always told that they could never be models because they were short or thick or just plain “Average.”
In addition to the EVDG the duo has also formed N.O.K. (Next Of Kin) Films and released the independent film “Love Like This.” All of the new ventures were built on the heels of the foundation, N.O.K. Muzik which was created in the early 2000’s.
Luke and Vaughn had a vision of embracing women from all over the world and the result has been amazing. They are headed into their 4th issue or the EVDG Magazine and they have held fashion shows from coast to coast with one mission in mind. That mission is that all women matter, including the one that most men have by their sides daily, because she is truly the everyday girl. The mother, student, wife, entrepreneur, or the girl behind the counter at your local mall or supermarket, are all important women. They are all celebrated as everyday girls.
The EVDG clothing line doesn’t cater to just a one-dimensional woman. It appeals to all women and women are proud to wear the brand and stand up in unison as they naturally outnumber women who are often placed on a pedestal in fashion society.
Take a look at the EVDG video campaign below and if you know an EVDG then let her know that she is celebrated and wanted here at the EVDG.
Fresh off of his “Summertime” Reggae mini pop-up tour where he canvased the Carolinas, Rohan is still on fire as his collaborative EDM hit “SMYK” with Dani Deahl was featured on last nights episode of The Bad Girls Club (#BCG16) Rohan is also still spinning from success from his debut EP The Real. This brother does it all, Hip Hop, EDM and Reggae. Check out the snippet from #BGC16 up top.
“Creativity mixed with adrenaline is un-matchable off stage” – Dillon Garcia
Dillon Garcia is soon to be a household name. With his rise to fame over the last few years as a comedic genius in the making, as well as an entrepreneur, he has conquered some amazing feats along the way in his journey. Dillon was the youngest comedian to appear on Comedy Central at the age of 17 on Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution, Season 1 episode 2. Now at the age of 25, he is currently working on his first Netflix special, It’s LITerature due out this fall.
His life growing up in California led him to make some bad choices early on and he fell into substance abuse at a young age. Now that he is clean from all substances his creativity is at an all-time high and he has also has created Dope Sick Apparel a clothing like that is taking off like wildfire. Ironically the words Dope Sick means a person is kicking or detoxing off of the drug Heroin so it’s very fitting and special that the line transcends the boundaries of the good and the bad.
Tent TV got the chance to laugh it up with the Punchline Papi as we talked about everything from his creative process to his future dreams of doing films, topical comedy specials, sketch comedy specials and taking his brand to the next level. He also spoke on his mentors and comedic inspirations such as Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, Russell Peters, Bo Burnham and Tracy Morgan.
In part 2 of 3 of Tent TV’s interview with legendary producer Moe Z MD, we cover his early recording days with Tupac Shakur. Pac being shot two times and what affect it had on him. Moe also delves into how he secured work and tours with John Cougar Mellencamp even though Dr. Dre was John’s camps first thought when reaching out to a producer from the Hip Hop community. Moe is so much more that a Hip Hop producer as he has crossed genres his whole career, but when you’ve worked with the best in Hip Hop, we as a culture take notice of that and we salute you.