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Gato

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Jun
29
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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Discography

TRACKLIST
Gato’s has recorded an endless number of remixes and projects including:
• Heaven’s Warlover
• Still Grindin’
• Stop Bitchin’ Start The Revolution
• Still Grindin’ Volume 2

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Hailing from the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, Gato is by far no stranger to the rap game.
“I used to record my rhymes onto cassettes using an old karaoke machine. I still remember hearing my voice for the first time mixed with a beat”, recalls the artist.
Of Mexican-American decent, Gato’s ethnicity does not have a prevalent voice in the main-stream American Hip-Hop scene. His perspective and experience proves unique in the industry.
“English is my primary language. I am very proud of who I am, and I was brought up speaking English in my household. In the time when my parents were growing up in school, it was strongly discouraged to speak Spanish in class. The teacher would strike you with a ruler and put you in a special education class. They [parents] didn’t want that for me. I am conscience that we are no longer living in those times, and I do feel it is important to celebrate and be proud of our culture. It is important to share and celebrate one’s experience through the medium of language and music.”
Armed with crazy beat making and producing skills and a killer flow, Gato has been consistently rocking the microphone since 1999.
“I used to write a lot of poetry in grammar school. English, Art, and Music were always three of my favorite subjects. Once I learned how to evolve my work into bars and song formats, I felt like I was able to paint a picture with words”, he shares.
However it wasn’t until he hooked up with local artist, Chicago DJ 2Tuff (Sound Addix Militia), at a party his freshman year in high school, that he started engaging seriously into the rap game.
“I remember being at the party- that was the first time he passed me the mic. I remember rapping and having the whole crowd just rocking with me. It felt incredible. It felt powerful.”
He has since recorded hundreds of remixes and original tracks with DJ 2Tuff, and performed at numerous parties, bars, clubs and lounges throughout the Chicago-land area. Welcoming all challenges, he has competed in numerous events- from local radio station B96.3 (where he won the MC battle for tickets to the American Grammy Awards), Coca Cola’s “De La Verdad” competition (placed Top 3), and auditioned at BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Friday”.
Gato has collaborated and produced with numerous local, underground and emerging artists and DJs from all over the Chicago-land area, including DJ 2Tuff, DJ Spyro(“Shawty’s a Dime”/Sound Addix Militia), Lil’ Mex (Sound Addix Militia), Ms. N.V. (“B there 4 U”, “The Life”), Timmy-T(Rushland), New Genesis (associated with Rushland Productions), Chello (ATA C8), Nessa (Sound Addix), Renzo, and numerous others.

CURRENT/UPCOMING DEVELOPMENTS
Gato is currently in the studio recording tracks for his 2010 mix tape,
“Rhyming Outside the Box” -while finishing the final tracks for his first official album:
“Latin Blaze” -due summer 2010
…while also producing beats and recording with local underground and mainstream artists from the Chicago area- so be on the lookout.