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. 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.