Battlecat (record producer)

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KDAY 20th Anniversary - Battlecat 01.jpg
Battlecat at the 1580 AM KDAY 20th anniversary event in 2003
Background information
Birth nameKevin Gilliam
Born (1968-04-20) April 20, 1968 (age 51)
OriginSouth Central Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresWest Coast hip hop, G-funk
Occupation(s)Record producer, rapper, songwriter, singer
InstrumentsSampler, keyboard, drums, vocoder, synthesizer.
Years active1988-present
LabelsMaverick/Warner Bros. Records
Associated actsSnoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Joi, Kurupt, Tha Dogg Pound, Tha Eastsidaz, Bloods & Crips

Kevin Gilliam (born April 20, 1968), better known by his stage name BattleCat, is an American hip hop producer from South Los Angeles, California.[1]


He started out as a battle DJ, notably competing in the 1988 New Music Seminar DJ Battle for World Supremacy and the 1990 DMC US Mixing Finals, both in NYC. He is well known for producing artists such as Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, The Game, Xzibit and Tha Eastsidaz along with a number of other West Coast rappers. His aesthetic is a progression from the early-'90s G-Funk sound pioneered by Above the Law and Dr. Dre, characterized by fat synth bass lines and soulful keys. He is also the concert DJ for Snoop Dogg.

In 2009, Battlecat produced a special song called "A Soldier Never Dies", dedicated to fallen Marine, Anthony Vargas. Battlecat is a DJ member of The Worldwide DJ organization, The Core DJ's. [2] The music video was directed by Paolo Ongkeko and produced by Don Le. One of the video's leads was portrayed by Sonny Ayon.[3][4]


Battlecat produced and released his first record "D.J. N-Effect" in 1988
  • 1988: "D.J. N-Effect"
  • 1999: Gumbo Roots
  • 2009: G' & Sexy Vol. 1 (with Amplified)


  1. ^ "Battlecat". steadydippin. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Rap memorializes Marine, cousin". The Press-Enterprise. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
  3. ^ "A Soldier Never Dies". Global Grind. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  4. ^ "Rapper INVINCEABLE, R&B Crooner JON B. and Producer BATTLECAT Collaborate On "A Soldier Never Dies"". BlackVibes. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2009-10-26.

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