Kevin Gates (born as Kevin Jerome Gilyard) is an American rapper who signed to Atlantic Records in 2013. In the same year, he broke onto the rap scene with the mixtape titled – ”The Luca Brasi Story.”
He was born on February 5, 1986, in the USA.
At age 13, Gates went to prison for driving dangerously on the street.
In 2003, Kevin was arrested again for fighting and stabbing his opponent in front of a film theater.
In 2007, at age 19, the rapper started recording his first songs.
On July 16, 2013, he released his debut studio album, named – ”Stranger Than Fiction.” It sold over 8,000 copies in the first week and reached number #37 on the Billboard 200.
In the same year, Gates was featured on Pusha T’s single Trust You.
Note – Pusha T is an American rapper who has often collaborated with producer and rapper Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes. In 2010, Pusha T signed as a solo artist with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. In 1992, Pusha T formed Clipse with his brother.
In 2013, Gates released his mixtape titled – ”The Luca Brasi Story.” American online magazine Pitchfork wrote about it:
“It imbues trap’s claustrophobic bleakness with an emotional nakedness, capable lyricism, and melodic certitude many of its recent breakout stars have lacked.”
In May 2014, Kevin was named a member of XXL’s Freshman Class.
In the same year, Gates released the mixtape named – ”By Any Means.” The mixtape sold a total of 17,000 copies in the United States. It included the hit singles ”Amnesia,” ”Posed to be in Love,’’ and ”Don’t Know.” The mixtape debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200. ”By Any Means” was distributed by Atlantic Records and released by his Bread Winners’ Association Label.
In May 2015, Kevin released a mixtape, called – ”Murder for Hire.” The mixtape was the 3rd installment in the Luca Brasi series. Later that year, Gates released the song “Kno One.” It became the 1st single from his debut studio album, titled – ”Islah” which was released in January 2016.
The album stood at number 16 at the Canadian Albums Chart. ”Islah” sold more than 93,000 copies in the United States within the first week. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.
Other singles on the album are:
- Really Really;
- Time for That;
- 2 Phones.
In the follow-up year, the artist announced that the sequel to Murder for Hire would be released on May 27, 2016.
In 2016, he was arrested and sentenced to 180 days in jail since Kevin was caught on camera kicking a 19-year-old female to the ground during an August 2015 concert.
Kevin was mad because the woman kept grabbing his shorts while performing.
On the stand, Kevin admitted to kicking her, but only as a form of self-defense.
“I kicked them, I wanted them off me.”
In 2017, he was re-arrested amidst his release after an active warrant on charges of outstanding weapons.
In the same year, Kevin was sentenced to a 30-month prison term for gun charges stemming from a 2013 incident.
The rapper admitted to pleading guilty due to the leniency he noticed with his case from the Florida legal system, resulting in a lesser overall charge.
During an interview, Gates said:
“I was innocent, but I pled guilty to that charge because, you know, a lot of times you can beat the charge, but you can’t beat the ride.”
Kevin went on to say:
“I probably would have sat another three or four years just fighting the charge.”
He was released on parole on January 10, 2018.
In May 2018, Kevin released the three-song EP titled – ”Chained to the City.”
According to the state’s Department of Corrections, Kevin illegally transported cash into a Louisiana state correctional facility.
In 2019, Ken Pastorick, Louisana Department of Corrections spokesperson, said during a statement:
“As indicated in the photograph, it appears Mr. Gates had a large sum of cash, which is unacceptable, and a violation.”
Ken Pastorick continued:
“It is against Elayn Hunt Correctional Center policy to bring case exceeding $300 into the prison, and any amount above that is considered contraband.”
On May 31, 2019, he released his 2nd EP, named – “Only the Generals Gon Understand.” Later, Kevin released “Push It.”
Gates married Dreka Gates. She appeared alongside Kevin on an episode of Angela Yee’s Lip Service.
They have two children, named Islah and Khaza.
On February 2, 2012, he created his YouTube channel, that has more the 5.1 million subscribers and over 3.8 billion views.
”I don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing.”
”Often times the things that most make sense – make no sense to the heart but stay Focus.”
”I adapt and I adjust to whatever environment I’m in.”
”Dwelling on “what it’s not” brings so much emotional discomfort, but, Remembrance of the “Good Times” is enough to last a lifetime, well at least for me it is.”
”Be positive even if you feel there’s nothing to be positive about for today is the day u. May receive your greatest Blessing.”
”I’m a very analytical person. I observe a lot of the things that people don’t notice.”
”My Grandmother taught me that if ur doing something you’re ashamed of – you need not do it.”
”I never want to be the person to wonder what it could have been if only I would’ve tried – at least I was willing to try.”
”My skin is 24 karat gold when a sun hit it.”
Kevin has worked with artists such as:
- Lil Wayne;
- Chris Brown;
- Lil Bibby;
- Rico Love.
During an interview, he talked about his time in prison. Gates declared:
“That’s a lot of years, I been in and out since a child. This is the culture of Louisiana.”
Kevin also said:
”They have more people locked up in the state of Louisiana than any other country in the world. It’s very poverty-stricken.”
The artist got his Masters in prison.
“I received my Masters in Psychology in prison.”
”I got my ACT in prison, I did all of that in jail.”
Kevin Gates – Net Worth
In addition, he has a YouTube channel with over 3.8 billion views (about $7.6 million in revenue). Also, he sells merch on his website – store.kvngates.com. Therefore, Kevin Gates has an estimated net worth of $15.9 million.
References https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/7736535/kevin-gates-re-arrested-day https://www.tmz.com/2018/01/04/rapper-kevin-gates-getting-released-jail-gun-charge/ https://www.complex.com/music/2019/07/kevin-gates-is-under-investigation-for-bringing-more-than https://www.dallasobserver.com/music/music-news-chance-the-rapper-kevin-gates-and-some-prog-rock