Ghostwriting 101: Billy Bathgate
I first heard Bathgate on a Clue tape. Bathgate was nice (think Jay-Z and a bit of Big L). I immediately thought it was Jigga until I read the tape and saw a kid named Billy Bathgate on the back.
Bathgate had a buzz back in the 90’s after showing his stuff on numerous mixtapes. A bidding war later developed between several labels, which led to the Harlemite signing to Virgin Records. Unfortuantley for Bathgate, he could never shake off the tag of being a Jay-Z soundalike, which hampered his career.
His underground smash Fuck That was placed on various soundtracks,however Virgin managed to completely fuck up his project , by wiping their urban department off the face of the Earth.(The album featured production from a certain Just Blaze and Kanye West before they even produced for Roc-a-Fella or Jay-Z.)