Ricky Rivera, later becoming known as Ricky BATS, aka “Born A True Spitter,” grew up in the South Bronx section of New York City. Street violence and drugs were common in his neighborhood and he began selling drugs at a very young age. By the early 90’s, he was deep into the street life. The drug game can supply money and food, and plenty of enemies.
One evening in February 1996, he was riding in the backseat of his friend’s hatchback when his car was sprayed with bullets piercing through the car and hitting Bats in his back. He was only 15 years old at the time and to this day still carries that bullet next to his spine. After being released from Lincoln Hospital, he was back into the street life and soon witnessed his close friend being murdered while they stood in the courtyard together. They say what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger, especially since the bullets were not meant for his friend. As time went on, Bats and his older brother Bang took their lucrative street life to Massachusetts. Bang had a small recording studio in his apartment and the plan was to build capital needed to invest in their aspiring music career. After a turn of events in 1997, Bats found himself serving 7-9 years in state prison for two attempted murders with two firearm possessions. He served just over 7 years of his sentence and was released on parole in July 2004. He came home hungry and kept his plate full between recording, performing shows, and of course, the streets. For the following six months, he kept in the studio while Bang was on his boards producing beats. They established a buzz and formed Bang Out Entertainment (B.O.E.). Music should have been the number 1 priority, but the money comes slow. They soon found themselves the target of a drug task force investigation. A string of raids and arrests soon followed, and Bats found himself in prison again. This time for felony possession of a firearm and cocaine trafficking. As a repeat offender, the DA hit him with being a career felon and sentenced him to 9-12 years in state prison. He came home from his bid in 2014 and has grown creatively as a songwriter and artist. He has enhanced his song writing skills from concept raps to include hip-hop songs and ballads. Concept writing is his specialty and he can write on any topic. His overall style is unique and his delivery is energetic and impeccable. His mood is positive and he’s more focused than ever