BAG OF TRICKS CAT
Bag of Tricks Cat is the alias of Michael Gamarano, a native of Glendale, Arizona. Music runs through his family. His grandmother is Ann Bennett, a jazz singer who performed the original theme for the cartoon Felix the Cat. Bennett taught him to read -- sometimes using rhymes -- and years later, as her grandson became involved with music, provided guidance on performing and navigating the industry. Active in hip-hop since 2012, Gamarano made his proper debut two years later with The Cat That Never Came Down, an EP he promoted in the U.K. by touring with Philadelphia's Mega Ran. The two rappers subsequently teamed up to record Emerald Knights: The Album, released in 2015. Gamarano followed up in 2016 with the solo release Cat's Out of the Bag, though guest verses were abundant, supplied by Mega Ran and Detroit's D12, among several others. After a 2018 sequel to Emerald Knights, Gamarano worked on an EP with the likes of his grandmother and Smoke DZA. The eight-track set, titled Felix Shevrolet, was out in 2019, with Ann Bennett featured on its last two songs. In 2021 he released The Bad Luck EP and Milk & Vodka along with several singles. Bag of Tricks Cat has had 5 of his projects debut on Billboard charts as well as 4 albums he mixed for other artists as an engineer. In 2022 he signed to Whitney Peyton's Alpha Howse label.