Legendary Producer Battlecat Hospitalized After Suffering Heart Attack
Legendary hip-hop producer Battlecat, born Kevin Gilliam, was hospitalized Thursday (July 25) in Los Angeles after suffering a massive heart attack. Details are scarce, but the producer appears to be recovering and in good spirits.
DubCNN.com was the first to report the news of the incident. Initial reports stated that Battlecat was in serious condition, but it appears that the producer is in stable condition.
His brother, rapper Michael “Mykestro” Gilliam, recently went on Facebook and posted a photo (see above) of him bedside with Battlecat at the hospital. Mykestro also asked for privacy so the producer can get better.
On Twitter, Battlecat’s friend, DJ Mark Luv, said that Battlecat is on the mend. “Good News, Kevin “Battlecat” Gilliam is resting. He’s in good condition,” he tweeted.
Battlecat (aka BC Powda), who is a native of Long Beach, Calif., has produced hit songs for Snoop Dogg, Heavy D, Xzibit, Faith Evans, Domino (the classic ‘Ghetto Jam’) and Dana Dane (his 1995 album ‘Rollin Wit Dana Dane’), among many other artists. In 1995, he dropped his first compilation LP called ‘Gumbo Roots’ featuring guest verses from Rass Kass, Kam, Yo-Yo and others.
Upon hearing the news of Battlecat’s hospitalization, rappers and producers from the hip-hop community sent their prayers and well wishes via Twitter. Read their tweets below:
We prayn for u battlecat
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) July 26, 2013
Just talked to my nigga Battlecat he sounds good and in great spirits god bless. E A SKI
— THE ALMIGHTY E A SKI (@EASKI) July 27, 2013
Prayers out to Battlecat
— THURZ ALEXI KOFFI (@Thurzday) July 27, 2013
Prayers BattleCat West
— Hit-Boy (@Hit_Boy) July 26, 2013
Prayers in the air. BC Powder!
— DJ POOH (@DJPooh) July 26, 2013
We want to wish DJ Battlecat a speedy recovery. Throw your W’s up!