Kevin Gates Biography
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The school of hard knocks has been breeding grounds for many of the most talented musicians in history. With the rough and tumble street life playing catalyst for some of the grittiest modern-day blues, much-celebrated artists from B.B. King to the Ohio Players to Lil Boosie have poured their pains, frustrations, accomplishments and celebrations into a universal language.
Reformed Baton Rouge hard head Kevin Gates is one of these extraordinary entertainers. The product of a city commonly known as the “Bloody Sticks,” neither a barrage of would-be assassins’ bullets, the perils of poverty nor even the threat of 30 years behind bars could prevent
what was meant to be.
Kevin has come out swinging with five mixtapes, more than a million YouTube.com views for videos “Love You” and “Satellites” and a strong regional following. He has also been courted by several major record labels.
And with the release of his forthcoming mixtape Here You Go Vol. 1, he is well on his way to taking the world by storm.
“My success is not because of nothing that I’ve done. God has blessed me. I was meant to be a star,” says Gates. “I used to tell people I’m a rapper, a street poet but I’m not. I’m a superstar.”
Born into a single-parent household in Baton Rouge, Gates came up like any other child of the ghetto. Surrounded by drugs, gangs and guns as soon as he stepped foot outside his front door as a child, young Kevin faced the allure of breaking the law on a daily basis.
“I came up like a lot of youth in a poverty-inflicted area, looking for love in all the wrong places,” Gates recalls. “It was a lot of crime where I’m from. And I imitated what I saw. I wanted to be like the guy with the money, the cars and the chains.”
Never laying eyes on his biological father until the eighth grade, Kevin’s mother married his stepdad when he was just an infant. The oldest of three children, young Kevin was never treated as equal to his younger siblings.
What kept young Gates on the straight and narrow were the wise words passed down from his grandfather. It was in his grandparents’ home that young Kevin built his own recording studio in middle school. Recording music as a way of channeling his anger, Kevin passed out his own mixtapes in school and around town. Everybody fell in love with his music.
“I always had a love for music,” Kevin insists. “I always knew that music was my gift but I didn’t take it seriously.”
Kevin’s world crumbled, however, when his grandfather died during his ninth grade year. “My grandfather was all I had. Things changed when he passed away,” Kevin explains. “I guess I acted out as a product of being hurt. That was the male structure that I had in my life at the time.”
Heartbroken from the loss, Kevin dove headfirst into the streets and began a downward spiral to self destruction. Between getting shot in the leg and stints in and out of prison, Kevin steadily built his musical fan base with heavily praised mixtapes The Pick of the Litter, Kevin Gates Mixtape, All or Nothing and All In.
“I wasn’t serious about the music at the time, but the streets loved it,” says Kevin. “I just didn’t take it seriously.”
That was until Kevin was caught on the wrong side of the law and convicted of drug and firearm charges in 2009. On lockdown for almost three summers, Kevin was committed to focusing on his music career when his feet touched down in the free world late 2011.
Within a few months of his release, Kevin dropped his long-awaited mixtape Don’t Know What to Call It Vol. 1 earlier this year. And he has had the Internet going crazy with more than one million YouTube.com views for his videos “Love You” and “Satellites.”
“People say jail gave me my focus but it didn’t. I been going to jail since I was 13 and it did nothing but made me wilder,” Kevin insists. “This time when I went in, I picked up the Bible, developed a spiritual relationship with my Creator and came out with a different mindset.”
Strapped with a new lease on life, Kevin keeps his audience fed with the upcoming release of his latest offering Here You Go Vol. 1 set to drop this summer. “The new mixtape is just something for the streets,” says Gates. “They’ve been thirsting for something new and something not watered down. So here you go.”
With the streets standing steadfast behind him, Kevin Gates is sure to revolutionizing rap music. Displaying a style that defies boundaries, he continues to give the world just a taste of what South Louisiana has been grooving to for years.
“My music is incredible,” says Gates. “I don’t know what to call it because I’ve yet to see an artist display the different talents I display or create the different genres that I have created- from the rock and roll to heavy metal to soft rock to rap to country. I display so many styles. That’s why they love me.”
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Baton Rouge, LS | Reviewer: OG ViCE | 8/10/14
Kevin ! Homeboy im from baton rouge to, the streets is tuff as fuk brudda an u give me strength thru ur words an they r so powerful an moving , brudda when i hear u i hear my pastor speakin mane, i met boobie black down in carolina st about 3 yrs ago that nigga is real af
I love your music it's the best I've herd | Reviewer: Christina frye | 7/10/14
I may be getting to go watch your concert in Nashville me and my two friends I really hope my mom lets me go cause I wanna meet you do bad your like my idol Kevin gates I love your song satellite best song I've ever herd I can't stop listening to it so I hope I get to go to your concert I. August and meet you
go hard | Reviewer: Alex'sandra J.. | 5/19/14
Kevin Gates is one of the best rappers I love all of his music just cant stop listening to your music I love your song movie makes me feels like I still have my dad with even doe he is gone away...only if I could meet Kevin in person omg I don't know what ill do (SIGN CITA FROM CLEVELAND MS.)
why | Reviewer: tiquisha norton | 1/13/14
Kevin i know you get this alot im not just some other fan of yours,im your soldier.you are the reason why im not dead or in jail right now your the reason im trying to be the illest rapper in the league i grew in the same situation but believe it or not worst no mother no father and my so called family treats me like an inmate kevin come to shreveport louisiana before january 20 and look for me ill b waiting for you im not thirsty im just waiting to meet my idol, inspiration,motivation,every day dedication.c u soon love ya .
Kevin Gates 100 ( = | Reviewer: Monique | 12/26/13
Been listening to him a lil over s yr now and i like and cant wait til the next cd hit... just got the mixtape for christmas... lol! love you K.G. can't wait for you to come to Dallas.... Always stay Real bc thats what we Want/Need to Hear.... love the freak & Street in you then when you get to talking in another language ooooowwwwweeeee hunny! lol! ( =
My baby a freeeaaak , gaaaahh damnnn:)) | Reviewer: REAL baby mamaa | 9/19/13
Kevin gatess i wannaaa fuck the shee shitt outaaa you real talk ! i lovee you bruhh ,you sexy as'f && you a PEURTO RICAN baaby you is MADE faa me , i sweaa you is , aahaaaa lmaoo im doneeeeee !! COME TO HUNTSVILLEEE !! i bett it be tha bestt :)
THE TRUTH | Reviewer: Doris Cooley | 8/22/13
HERE IN FLORIDA THIS MAN IS THE BEST FOLLOWING AFTER BOOSIE, WEBBIE DOWN HERE IN THE SOUTH ALL WE WANT TO HEAR IS TRUE REAL LIFE STORIES AND MUSIC BECAUSE ALOT OF PEOPLE LOOK AND JUDGE US BUT DONT KNOW WHAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH COMING UP AS THAT CHILD FROM THE GHETTO AND HOOD AND TRUTH BE TOLD I LOVE HIM I DONT LISTEN TO OTHER RAPPERS CAUSE WHAT THEY RAPPING AINT REAL--NUFF SAID!!
Speechless | Reviewer: Jennifer M | 8/13/13
I fell on love with Kevin Gates last year summertime. And he is a constant sound in my house, car, and my life! I went to a show and seen him perform! Damn I was so fucking wet! Crushing on Gates! We Love You In Florida!!!!!
LOVIN THIS TOO MUCH | Reviewer: # 1 FAN | 8/8/13
Words can not explain what this music does to the mind. And the tones in yo voice Kevin. You too sext. Makes me wanna listen to you and then post up in the bed room for several hours, blowin and gettin mines. LOVE YOU.....
Kevin Gates | Reviewer: Big wilt | 7/29/13
Haven't heard real rap since Tupac... Baby boy you gave me hope that there are still some real rappers out there. Truly, I haven't bought an album since Tupac.... Until you popped up on the seen. You got my money bruh whenever you drop a album. Hope you come to JackTown soon
Houston,Tx | Reviewer: Jasmine | 7/25/13
Man I love kevin gates been jamming him for a little over a year now! I drove all the way to Shreveport to see him perform for Christmas in 2012 cant wait for him to come back to htown. I love this man no just his looks all his music I listen to it daily this man have a story to tell and the world need to listen we love you kevin gates get grinding keep shining fuck these haters baby!
Kateyez_ | Reviewer: De'Vonta Anderson | 7/10/13
I'm from the state of Missisppi. A young rapper that been listen to kevin gates first mixtapes(Pick Of the Litter).....Kevin is the best rapper to ever hit the streets I can relate to his music.Kevin mentor to me in the rap game.......
#FutureBabyMomma | Reviewer: GatesWifey | 7/9/13
I Love You Kevin I Got All Of Your Song . Ayee Cant Nobody Rap Gates Like Me Thoee ', All I Doo Is Listen To You Im Ya Biggest Fan On Gee
Imma See Ya One Day Thats A Promise !! My Favorite Song Is Lovee You & Neon Light . You My Hero And Imma Girl . Im Sooooooo In Love With Kevin Gates
#Future BabyMomma Here !
Kevin gates always thuggin | Reviewer: AshleyThugsToKevinGates | 6/25/13
Nd im from little rock i wish i could see u in person I luv u kevin gates and im 12 years old i luv yo music and were can i get one if yo tshirts
And ima true fan like i luv u keep doin u
All yo songs my favorites but i like that ihop ,
Yo biogarphy song,luca brasi song , mane all
Of dem u a real life thug
Listenin to Kevin Gates | Reviewer: Khaliyah (Moss Point,MS) | 6/11/13
Im from the hospitality state(Mississippi) and I loove Kevin Gates music I can truly say that I am a fan. I have listened to the luca brasi album for a while and I never got tired of it and every time I get angry or upset I always listen to Kevin Gates music because it just feels like he understands and I would love to visit him one day and go to his concert. I find him very atractive becuase of his personality and he proved to alot of people that if he can get off the streets then its not impossible for others to do he really is a man role model to me personally I dont care what anybody says if Kevin Gates ever feels like he doesnt have any fans then I would tell him he a bold face lie because im a true real deal fan of him I cant wait for his next mixtape of album and our birthday is in the same month ! ^__^ you can follow me on twitter:@Kkh Instagram: @thicknation I will follow back !
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