Rak Batum

baltimore, MD [HipHop, Soul, R&B]

 
 
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The Art of Fact Vol. 1
Rak Batum(Rock Bottom) Since the age of seven, Rak Batum has strived to perfect his craft of becoming a hip-hop artist. Born in South Jersey, he followed the careers of Eric B. and Rakim, Jay Z, Nas, KRS One, Masta Ace, Melly Mel, Craig G, and the list goes on. As the son of a dead hustler and surviving widow, Rak Batum channeled most of his energy to the art of lyricism. His creativity is an outlet and was therapeutic in his upbringing and transition into manhood. In 1996, Rak Batum took part in a showcase called the Philadelphia Music Convention and showcased his talent to major record labels. Despite his chances of being discovered, he stayed determined to achieve a dream deferred. In October 1996, he graduated high school and left to NYC with only 365.00 to his name and landed an interim position as a refugee camp soldier for the Fugees at the MTV Music Awards in Radio City Music Hall. It wasn’t what he had hoped for because the industry did not take the works of Hispanics seriously and made it really difficult to display his God-given talents. Disappointingly, Rak Batum became homeless and was forced to return to Atlantic City where he stayed at a homeless shelter to incorporate his next move. In January 2, 1998, Rak Batum enlisted to the US Army and was assigned to a combat arms unit in Korea. His dream still was alive then as it is now and he recorded with independent labels in his spare time while completing his obligations to the military. For eight years, he perfected his craft as a lyricist only relying on a paper and pencil and the beats he formulated in his mind. He was determined to use his talents to the utmost of his ability and eventually became a force to be reckoned with. After serving his country, Rak Batum became a civilian again and wrote and memorized over 40 songs with careful precision. He believes then like he does now that in order to become successful, it takes preparation. After leaving a rough engagement in Colorado Springs, he found himself homeless again. And with a hope and prayer, he applied to Morgan State University and traveled 3000 miles (through 9 states) in a car with no tags in less than 32 hours in hopes to rebuild his determination to a higher plateau. On January 28, 2007, Rak Batum auditioned for a showcase competition and became the top twelve amongst hundreds of artists. Out of the top twelve, Rak Batum was the only hip hop artist amongst singers and musicians. He made it to the finals where he placed third overall. His name became known throughout campus as an elite MC with a positive message and a style of his own. Rak Batum has achieved more than one would expect not only as an artist but as a husband, homeowner, producer, screenwriter, and entertainer. His higher education at Morgan State University has completely evolved his style as a MC and his hard knock life experiences taught him not to take anything lightly. The philosophy of Rak Batum derives from his ancestry when his great-great grandmother gave birth to twins in a wheat field. She cut the umbilical cord with a rock and lived to be 118. This gave him the philosophy that if she can make it through all of her troubles in life, so can he. It’s in his blood. The rock symbolizes the strength and his determination as an artist and the cut umbilical cord symbolizes his growth as a man trying to make a difference in people’s lives. He strongly believes that in order to become a man, you have to hit rock bottom first and his lyrics that are based on real life events are a testament to that. Since the age of seven, Rak Batum has perfected his craft for the past 24 years to prove that he can contend with the artists who are making Luke warm music and plans to put power behind his words to prove it. As he continues to graduate in 2008, Rak Batum has become a beacon of hope in the hip hop community who has lost faith in over confident artists. His intentions are to bring hip hop back to its roots so that it can be planted on a solid foundation of true lyricism with a never ending compassion for the art that is hip hop. As an artist and screenwriter, Rak Batum hopes to use his skills artistically to paint a picture of what hip hop is in its truest form.

*PLEASE NOTE- I am open to any collabs in any genre and willing to work with any producer on any track. This is about the music, not just the votes and ranking. Networking is cool too because if your trying to get into the mixtape world...then all SYM artists should make an effort to work together. Lets make this site different from the rest minus the haters. Much love and respect!


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Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 03-30-2014 22:49 }
Sup everyone. I\'ll be posting a new music video l shot and three cities. The concept is sick. Ill be posting in a couple weeks. Need videos, visual effects, and CGI...email me at rakbatum11@gmail.com. Get at me
otheree
otheree says:
{ 09-05-2013 19:33 }
NICE TO MEET YOU. terrynechwa@hotmail.com
Kicking Saturday
{ 08-08-2013 20:50 }
AAA-Hey-AAA high 21 ya better than a high 5 ya a star
tee-uk
tee-uk says:
{ 07-10-2013 13:07 }
5\'s all day everyday.... Check me out and let your boy in the uk know what you think?
E-Militant
{ 06-29-2013 04:04 }
showing the luv,cause its real on this, hope it goes both ways
Jotek Marcin J\\\
{ 05-04-2013 15:21 }
Hej man...in need of beats...? you got any?...good promo...peace...Jotek...
Young Veteran856
{ 04-29-2013 13:43 }
Just coming through to show love, Hopefully you\'ll do the same. #Stay Focused. Check out my showcase and tell me what you think. I appreciate your time and honesty.
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 04-25-2013 12:56 }
Sup people...Just posted a trac called Can\'t Back Down....Based on a true story so I hope you enjoy it. Peace and blessings
R3MINIS
R3MINIS says:
{ 04-18-2013 19:33 }
KEEP DOING YA THING... - R3MINIS
Buey Grattstone /G.P.L
{ 03-05-2013 19:46 }
i cant vote twice
MiLady DevaLan
{ 01-16-2013 16:02 }
We need more of you on the radio. Real music, prayers and many blessings to you
Drocia Recordings Online
{ 12-22-2012 01:14 }
\"Beef\" Reminds me of the classic hip-hop productions from the 90\'s, it\'s a nice sound.
Bruce Riley
{ 12-19-2012 22:39 }
The Last Airbender is nice and very catchy. The melody keeps you lock into the song. Great job and peace.
DA TEXAS TERROR
{ 12-17-2012 13:44 }
i feel u my nigga 5
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 12-15-2012 17:37 }
Sup everyone...just posted 2 new tracks for an upcoming project....Frienemies and The Last Airbender...take a listen and enjoy
Zilla
Zilla says:
{ 10-13-2012 21:29 }
5
(J-KID) Lions Den  \\\"Motor City Music\\\"
Jkid Was Here.. Good Music.. Real Music...
Rebels For Music & Business Promotion
{ 09-01-2012 22:27 }
We like the Reel Music track. Send us the song, and we\\\'ll put it on our SHOW. Check out who is on our SHOW now. We will get additional bio info later.
Rebels For Music & Business Promotion
{ 08-19-2012 22:08 }
We would like to feature you on our showcase! Follow the instructions on our showcase. 5 from us.
Trevor James
{ 08-18-2012 23:41 }
Excellent showcase - heres wishing you all the success for the future - 5 from me.
DEATH B4 DISHONOR RECORDS
{ 08-18-2012 17:05 }
returning the love def feeling the tracks 5 all day btm$/dbdrecords
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 08-18-2012 00:24 }
New tracks...AAA-HeyAAA ft yogi and roy l and losing my religion. Next up will be Cant Back Down ft Anna. Take a listen at reverbnation.com/rakbatum08 or youtube.com/rakbatum08 thx again for all the love.
THE UNITED STATES OF COCA RICO
{ 08-09-2012 07:12 }
OK AUK I FEEL THAT LOL HITEM UP CUZ KINDA SOUND LIKE EA SKI 5MY NIGG 5 ALL DAY
MIXTAPE DROPPING 7/24/2012 \"KNIGHT RIDER VOL 1.\"
Check out my new single “Can't f with me” (Starring Andre Berto) off my debut mixtape “Knight Rider Vol. 1. Which is schedule to be release on July 24, 2012. -Michael Knight-
Mackmuzik.inc
{ 06-07-2012 12:11 }
nice style keep it hot one
K\\\
{ 02-27-2012 19:51 }
keep it up, voted for you
New  Jazz Movement
{ 01-28-2012 22:16 }
Very nice sound you've created here. 5 stars from NJM!
Mr Mantis
Mr Mantis says:
{ 01-26-2012 21:28 }
Yo wassup fam, I been away for a minute. You still making hot music bro, 555 all day. Please check out my new joints on Myspace http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vd3d3LnNob3djYXNleW91cm11c2ljLmNvbS90aGV5YXJkaWVz
Possitive Vibes
{ 12-14-2011 18:42 }
word up. 5s an votes all day, wish you a plentiful career, an the up most best luck foreword, please join us on facebook and keep the networkin workin-http://www.facebook.com/pages/Possitive-Vibes/178042085571050 Numz PV -stay possitive-
J Stakz  aka lIL Casper  feat Ill Squad
{ 12-09-2011 16:39 }
You fire man I give ya 5 go check me out.peace
CHAMP NAYCHA
{ 12-09-2011 11:12 }
dope music homie,my squad is riding with u so u good with me.like the beef song,blind is tight and im diggin the realness of blood sweat and tears.i clicked all your links and bout to drop the 5 on ya.good shit!!
The DIRECTOR
{ 12-09-2011 10:25 }
WHAT IT DO CUZ...THE WAR ON THE FAKE CONTINUES STAY TUNED LOL ..TOP NOTCH SHIT OVER HERE
HollyWood Cuzz
{ 12-08-2011 22:57 }
i can dig it cuz 5 up
Trevor James
{ 12-08-2011 22:44 }
Excellent showcase - tight vocals and arrangements - 5 stars from me - all the best
Baby Hannibal
{ 10-23-2011 20:43 }
what good let work together on my new mixtape DON'T WASTE DA WAX let me know my email is johnson2168@hotmail.com hit me up
Censear Ah Di Boom
{ 10-13-2011 15:02 }
I Like Dat Beef Shit Bro Crazy Hot!!! Rank 5
Censear Ah Di Boom
{ 10-13-2011 15:01 }
I Like Dat Beef Shit Bro Crazy Hot!!! Rank 5
Phenomenal
{ 09-15-2011 00:06 }
I completely agree, the game makes you lose your true self. Turn the other cheek and do what's right.It's about uniting as one. I'd like for you to hear me out. I do it for hip hop-speaking through my soul.
DA TEXAS TERROR
{ 09-12-2011 15:29 }
YOU DA TRUTH SON MUCH LOVE DA TEXAS TERROR
DLO
DLO says:
{ 09-03-2011 08:26 }
I See You are STILL KILLIN IT Fam,..Great case U got here!..Well, the LO is back with a couple of new ones,..drop by and Holla atcha Boi...Peace..DLO
Section 8
Section 8 says:
{ 08-10-2011 17:32 }
LONG TIME COME THRU AND SHOW SOME LOVE NEW MIXTAPE SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT........SECTION 8 MUZIK
iTNOCAB
iTNOCAB says:
{ 07-27-2011 10:16 }
wow an Iron maiden sample.. The most Incredible!!!!! 5
J Stakz  aka lIL Casper  feat Ill Squad
{ 07-23-2011 17:38 }
5
Voxshow123
Voxshow123 says:
{ 07-16-2011 18:57 }
check out the new music competition for a chance to win a recording contract plus $20,000 cash http://www.thevoxshow.com/index.php
Young Duse
{ 07-06-2011 11:12 }
5
ARN B PRODUCTIONS/DALAB
{ 07-04-2011 14:46 }
your style is tight feelin your tracks keep up the good work 5 up
Capital J Productionz
{ 06-29-2011 14:17 }
Nice music Rak, if you ever need beats hit up my site, i have a bunch of beats for free download, holla at me and keep up the good work bro. Check out my page when you have some time and let me know what you think, God Bless you.
G-Rudd
G-Rudd says:
{ 06-19-2011 17:03 }
Thanx fa stopping by n showin luv bro I give u 5
sharonvzyl
{ 06-08-2011 02:03 }
cool music 5 all the way keep it up and God bless
j.a.b.b.a.  g..t.
{ 06-07-2011 23:38 }
i like dat new joint....
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 06-07-2011 19:08 }
New Song posted... "Never Bin" ft Roy L...shit is fire...chk it out
J Stakz  aka lIL Casper  feat Ill Squad
{ 06-05-2011 12:06 }
you definatly got talent ill giv ya 5
Crysis Syndacade
{ 06-01-2011 12:10 }
Hey I checked out your music I really like it I give you a 5 for sure check out my Music on my page & Tell me what you think
Kalvin Ellison
{ 05-26-2011 07:17 }
My music is so funky until it needs to be sold next to deoderant.
M-80
M-80 says:
{ 04-23-2011 00:10 }
keep doin ur thing man. 5 from me. let me know wut u think of my stuff
Rak Batum
Rak Batum says:
{ 04-22-2011 17:07 }
2 New tracks posted AAA-Hey-AAA and Losing My religion...chk it out
BrittanyLeanne
{ 04-07-2011 16:09 }
luv your music.5 all the way pls check my page out.
Dre Da Playa
{ 04-06-2011 19:34 }
good shit bro. 5 stars all the way. checc out my page. you'll like fasho.
SabrinaDelMonaco
{ 04-02-2011 15:41 }
Very nice Music of your Side.I give 5 for you!
KBone
KBone says:
{ 04-02-2011 15:32 }
Sounding pretty good! Keep up the good work! Feel free to check out flench.com. It's the music site that definitely assists with getting artists/producers up to that next level. BoneCEO www.flench.com
A.B
A.B says:
{ 03-29-2011 16:56 }
STAY UP, CHECK ME OUT. BEATS FOR SALE
n
n says:
{ 03-22-2011 02:30 }
Check out This New Beat I just made let me know what you think..
KONCIOUS1
KONCIOUS1 says:
{ 03-19-2011 01:21 }
you got it.. koncious music me breddah... keep bringing it..
Double D
Double D says:
{ 03-16-2011 08:14 }
A hi 5 from me keep up the good work
HARDHEAD(GAMELORDZ ENT.)
{ 03-14-2011 04:30 }
5 POUNDS
HARDHEAD(GAMELORDZ ENT.)
{ 03-14-2011 04:30 }
5 POUNDS
Dale X
Dale X says:
{ 03-13-2011 13:35 }
I'm Loving the music and the work you put into your music. 5's all day
djM [Promoter]
{ 03-10-2011 17:30 }
=) nice showcase! ♥ la SOPA
MaseratiSparks
{ 03-10-2011 01:01 }
I'm feeling the flow word hit me up on da page
truth teller
truth teller says:
{ 03-09-2011 17:42 }
ALL FOOL BEWARE NEGUS ROOTS. HIM CUT AN PASTE ONLY. HIM DON'T EVEN LISTEN TO YO MUSIC. HIM DO ANYTHANG TA GIT A 5. EVEN SUCK BONE! !
Mr. My City
{ 03-07-2011 23:41 }
live! soundclick.com/beatsforfree
Produced by P Mac
{ 03-06-2011 14:55 }
Hot music man, keep up the good works.
Kool-Da-Great
{ 03-04-2011 12:47 }
Nice music,i wish you much success here in 2011.http://www.datpiff.com/Kooldagreat-The- Harsh-Reality-mixtape.205026.html
Double D
Double D says:
{ 02-27-2011 13:24 }
Keep it Flowing a hi 5 from me
YOM
YOM says:
{ 02-21-2011 13:26 }
I dig what you doing,check me out on my page. Peace,YOM
HARDHEAD(GAMELORDZ ENT.)
{ 02-14-2011 14:51 }
yesir!
HARDHEAD(GAMELORDZ ENT.)
{ 02-14-2011 14:51 }
yesir!
marveldust
{ 02-13-2011 05:42 }
definate 5 from me bro check my flows and vote and lets do this collab i got something for u send me your email in a message and its on
(KSL) KING SEN LENNON
{ 02-07-2011 11:00 }
Wow that is hot alot of people need to listen to the words.5
GHOZT PRODUCTIONZ
{ 02-03-2011 01:13 }
GOOD MUSIC MY DUDE SHIT GOES HARD IF U GOT FACEBOOK ADD ME http://www.facebook.com/GHOZTPRODUCTIONZ
On Fiar Entertainment
{ 02-02-2011 11:02 }
Thats definately my type of ish .FLAME!! -Fiar
ALLEYBOY
ALLEYBOY says:
{ 01-28-2011 02:53 }
Been off this site for a long time, new tracks up! need views and rates! appreciate it!
Yellaboi and L che
{ 01-25-2011 20:15 }
gud shit maneee keep doin yo thangg cuzo L CHE
SUPERSTAR AND STAR
{ 01-16-2011 20:51 }
SUPERSTAR AND STAR HERE HI FRIEND KEEP ON ROCKING HAPPY NEW YEAR BIG BIG HUGS HERE
Luis Hazlip
{ 01-14-2011 18:11 }
55555555555 of course ..man..deep flowz...!!!
ms LOLO
ms LOLO says:
{ 01-08-2011 20:57 }
Make sure you check out this quadruple threat with my hot 2new singles WE GROWN OUT HERE AND ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE!!!
Bruce Riley
{ 12-30-2010 10:39 }
Returning for a Holiday Blessing for you....Bruce
ICEDUB
ICEDUB says:
{ 12-20-2010 10:23 }
keep tht gud shit popin my niga.. luvin the music.. feel the music yall this man got skills.. yep yep from the west! icedub showin some luv
Kool-Da-Great
{ 12-18-2010 15:48 }
Whats good my dude it's been a while.Just stopping by to show some luv.Nyc luv and happy holidays.Kool-Da-Great
Need Promotion?
{ 12-18-2010 02:11 }
Good music guys!
C .James
C .James says:
{ 12-17-2010 14:35 }
Def, inspired by ya movement! 5s all day
Quietstormbeatz
{ 12-01-2010 07:20 }
nice traks..keep it up
3rd World Grits
{ 11-30-2010 00:29 }
check out my mixtape!http://www.datpiff.com/DJ_Murder_Debo_BlackLion_Da_Streetz_Weed.m67336.html
MONOPOLEY
MONOPOLEY says:
{ 11-23-2010 10:47 }
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR SUCCESS.EVERYDAY IS PAYDAY SOMEWAY!"MONOPOLEY"
BIG O
BIG O says:
{ 11-18-2010 08:26 }
shit hot keep doin what your doin 5
heartbeat audio
{ 11-14-2010 13:09 }
Nice flow to your music, high quality, you have my respect. My musics a different genre but you might like it check it out. 5*
ThatTrapBoyHB
{ 11-11-2010 07:23 }
I Like This Music (5)
CHASA
CHASA says:
{ 11-09-2010 19:06 }
THATS WUZ UP..5'S ALL DAY HOMIE
Crazzzy Kurt
{ 10-28-2010 19:12 }
thanks man .. hey .. cool stuff in here ... yeah .... we have a brand new song online ..insane chinese couch torpedo .. new JAMBUILT song .. take a look . peace and a great weekend .. Kurt
TRAUMA
TRAUMA says:
{ 10-14-2010 21:25 }
ive got some new tracks on my page so check em out when ya can, you wont be disappointed! truss me