(born Juan Ramos) is a Mexican American rapper who was born in Eagle
Pass, Texas, relocated briefly to Galveston at a young age, before
settling in Houston’s infamous South Side. Reared in a tough
gang-riddled barrio, Ramos proved to be a “diamond in the rough,”
getting in trouble but all the while expressing potential as an artist.
Ramos eventually mastered the artistry of airbrushing low riders and
tattooing; the musicianship of drumming and playing bass guitar; and,
the techniques of DJing. But, all this talent was put on hold as Ramos
went to the TDC penitentiary for five years.
a free life in 1997, Ramos by chance tattooed Dope House rapper Low G,
who invited him out to a South Park Mexican concert. South Park Mexican
turned out to be old schoolmate Carlos Coy reinvented as a Latino rap
sensation. That began Ramos’ unofficial rap-game apprenticeship as “Juan
Gotti” with SPM and Dope House Records, filling in for Low G at low
rider and rap shows around Houston from 1998.
Citing DJ Screw, Street
Military, Ramón Ayala and Control Machete as influences, Gotti’s first
single “Mira Lo Que Pasa” a year later “blew up,” as he puts it. The
full album, No Set Trippin’, dropped in 2002, quickly snapped up a Latin
Grammy® nomination and sold enough units to go “ghetto gold” (more than
50,000 by street standards).
thank Jesus. Glory to God,” Gotti praises of his successes, “Faith has
kept me focused and Dope House has done wonders. Everyone was freaked
out about how fast I moved up. Things happen for a reason because of
collaborated with Kings One, El Tri, La Traición and La Mafia, laying
down vocals for their recent album, Para El Pueblo, and also featured
Tejano-norteño band Los Palominos on Gotti’s next album. So, fans don’t
have to wait to hear Gotti-they can get a sampler of what’s to come off
any of these other projects. He also has a series of underground
mixtapes, El Más Locote, Vol. 1 & 2.
Gotti kicks things off with simultaneous releases for distinct
markets-the first single “Incondicional” with La Traición for the
regional Mexican market off upcoming album Juan Gotti aka John Ghetto
drops in early 2005; alongside hip-hop track “You Don’t Wanna”; and
cumbia offering “Para El Pueblo” with La Mafia. The rush is followed up
by a solid tour kicking off in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2005 then
touring throughout Mexico, Texas, Cali, the Midwest, Miami, Colombia,