Kevin Gates is a millionaire rapper and musician from the United States. Kevin Gates has risen to notoriety as a solo artist after releasing his debut album after partnering with a number of well-known performers over the years.
Kevin Gates’ talents were showcased on the album, which included deep, meaningful lyrics that addressed issues such as sadness and poverty. He also frequently raps on his prison experiences, having been arrested numerous times for various offences.
Kevin Gates was born in Louisiana on February 5th, 1986, but his family moved to Baton Rouge immediately afterward. Gates’ upbringing was not always pleasant, since his father was absent from his life and he became involved in criminal activity at a young age.
Gates was arrested for the first time when he was 13 years old, however he did manage to attend community college for a short time. Gates reconciled with his father as a teen, but he died soon after.
Kevin Gates has been interested in music since he was a child, and in 2007 he signed with Dead Game Records. Kevin Gates, along with personalities like Boosie and Webbie, helped put Baton Rouge on the hip-hop map.
Kevin Gates benefited from working with Boosie on a number of songs, as he went on to become one of the city’s most well-known rappers.
When he was incarcerated in 2008, his career came to a halt, but he emerged in 2011 with a master’s degree in psychology and a renewed resolve to succeed in the music industry.
When his first mixtape, Make ‘Em Believe, was released, it caught the notice of Lil’ Wayne’s record label, Young Money Entertainment, and Gates was quickly signed as a manager (not as a rapper). Gates, on the other hand, used the experience to prepare for his own record label in the future.
Gates is well known for his “confessional anthems,” which feature autobiographical lyrics and sophisticated Southern sounds. “Autobiography and honesty have always been key to [Gates’] work,” Consequence of Sound wrote in a review of his debut album Islah.
Gates frequently combines “melodic tunefulness” and “clenched-teeth ghetto rap,” according to Spin.
He has integrated more singing in recent releases, having trained with Monica, a singer. Gates’ lyrics frequently address issues such as sadness, poverty, and incarceration. Nas, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, Eminem, and other artists have all been mentioned as influences.
In October 2015, Gates married Dreka Haynes, his longtime lover. Islah and Khaza are the couple’s two children.
In a 2013 interview with Complex, Gates implied that he had children with other women: “I’ve got a few kids. I’m quite close to them. I lay with them in bed, hold them, and love on them.
It makes no sense to say [how many children I have]. Not in a bad manner, but it’s not like the general public will ever see my children, and even if they do, they won’t recognize them as mine.”
Concerns about the law
When Gates was 13, he was arrested for being a passenger in a stolen automobile. Gates was briefly imprisoned for the infraction, and he stated that it had a significant impact on his life: “I don’t think I would have done anything else if they had just drove up to the jail, left me in the police car, never taken me inside, and taken me back home.
But all it did was criminalize me in some ways by putting me in jail at such a young age. After getting there and settling down, it steered me in the wrong direction; it removed my dread of going to jail.”
Gates was involved in a fight outside a movie theater in 2003, and stabbed his opponent several times.
In the summer of 2015, while playing on stage at an event in Lakeland, Florida, Gates was charged with violence for kicking a fan. In his defense, he invoked Florida’s stand-your-ground statute.
He was found guilty of the crime and sentenced to 180 days in prison on October 26, 2016. Gates was sentenced to 30 months in jail on firearms charges coming from a 2013 incident in East Moline, Illinois in 2017, but was freed on parole on January 10, 2018.