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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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 !
i love kevin g. | Reviewer: jaleesai | 4/9/13
i love kevin gates sooo much words couldnt explain bt i wanna meet him so much i want him to mobile to my house not a club bt my house i just love him its some bout the song it touches the inside of something.....i love kevin gates <3<3 571 crenshaw mobile ,al 36606 come to my house ily kevin g.
Vis4Villain | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/4/13
as a wise man that thinketh i possess the game in my mind the reason i wear shades you can't see the pain in my eyes in the rain storm in the blizzard expressin all of my feelings pause neVer took me serious naw momma neVer wanna listen awww stomach hurtin my pockets empty how dare a ninja wan(na) tempt me...i'm gettin' it..."
idgaf what neone says. this man's music makes me know he knows where i'm comin from and why i'm hurt. i'm doing way better now, but i know he knows my pain because he articulated my thoughts and we neVer spoke.
gates and starlito...now, that's a stepbrothers tape from heaVen;)V
My CITY and Yo CITY CHARLESTON SC | Reviewer: Mz.Rhonda | 3/29/13
where im from they die young most of em sell drugs/
due time on dey grind dey some real life thugs/
crack houses took losses seem like only da streets show love/
when it rains i think my niggaz is da ones cryin above/
maybe they see it comin and tryna put me point/
but ine really care tho ima roll me joint/
smoke until im high or until i reach dem satellites/
father god frogive me if i die tonight/
Control the mind of wisdom, I piss n peon mouth open wisdom! | Reviewer: Justin Mcclelland | 3/25/13
I have a lot to talk about! I'm grew up a screw up and facing life in the pin on some charges that I didn't do and can forgive! I have more to say but as of now I'm off. I'm a knobody I'm 19 years of age! And I can rap about my life N be a superstar like y'all! I had a demon In my body for so long that he realized its jail or take the high life! I've never been nothing but a peon! Lack of money freedom an tired less to the point were I don't give a fuck! Need son advise how ima start. Record deal?? Need you advise gates you the one that lived in b r 2 hours south from me and your a big dawg now! I want to full fill my people with that chain game! It's either the high life or bye nice to know be best advise if u didn't know who you really are! Well I'm just ur average country boy out the boot and kick the offs when they on side kick boots!
Redstar Sdizzal | Reviewer: Sa'Dairon | 3/1/13
My nigga the best i been on my nigga for 5 years na kevin gates the best in the game i get into with niggas an bitches about my nigga he the best no nigga aint colder mentioning me listening itching to squeeze bad bitch she on ha knees my nigga dumb
The Real | Reviewer: SaMonique Perkins | 2/22/13
I listen to this man all day every day. I just wish i was able to meet him. He was at the battle of the bands in Baton Rouge i was just like omg Kevin Gates. My hero even tho ima girl. You can feel where he comein from in his music. If havent herd get up on him. Im from New Orleans and i put every body i know On Gates. Every time they see they be like sing some Gates. IMA TRUE DIE HARD KEVIN GATES FAN I LOVE YOU MR.GATES
WARVILLE(Abbeville,LA) | Reviewer: kb61236 | 1/27/13
Lot's of people are just jumping on board,man gates been around,with that amazing pro found sound. Ya herd,and he has been so under RATED. But hey better late than never. SO GET EM GATES. Take the world by storm. I LOVE THIS DUDE
kevin i love you | Reviewer: ciera woods | 1/18/13
i love kevin and im his biggest fan its like he raps what im going through like in love you he be saying what i wish i could say but it doesnt matter where you come from its where you going and he is my shooting star love you kevin gates
the | Reviewer: jaleesai | 12/27/12
i love kevin gatess i know i am his # 1 fan no matter the other fans say im #1......... he made mistake bt he also learn frm them and dats a part of life.....we allgo thrw it....#1 fan jaleesai c..
Jak-town(Jennings,LA) bumpin gates | Reviewer: Loney Simon | 12/18/12
Mayne i from tha boot nd been bumpin gates since '08 from glock stay cocked to love sosa yu killin em boi. shit im in colorado springs,colorado now nd im bouta throw these niggas on dat gates too.
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