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DJ Battlecat

DJ Battlecat
One of the West Coast's most promising rap producers, DJ Battlecat made a name for himself by laying down beats for Snoop Dogg and his affiliates...

One of the West Coast's most promising rap producers, DJ Battlecat made a name for himself by laying down beats for Snoop Dogg and his affiliates (Kurupt, tha Eastsidaz, Doggy's Angels, Xzibit), along with many other West Coast rappers. His aesthetic is a progression from the early-'90s G-funk sound pioneered by Dr. Dre, characterized by fat synth bass lines and soulful keys.

In productions like Snoop Dogg's "Stacey Adams," E-40's " Nah, Nah...," and Xzibit's "Been a Long Time," Battlecat brings a sense of laid-back funky soul to each artist's traditionally gangsta rap sound. And with the chart-topping success of Doggy's Angels' "Baby If You're Ready" (which spent several weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart in late 2000) Battlecat’s place in the West Coast's roster of elite producers was solidified—and the potency of his aesthetic confirmed.