Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates

Biography

Kevin Jerome Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Born Kevin Jerome Gilyard, Gates was born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Growing up, Gates often listened to rappers such as Master P and Hot Boy$.

Kevin first began in 2005, when he began making music with fellow Louisiana natives Webbie and Lil Boosie. Gates first received attention with his 2008 single "Get in the Way" featuring Lil Boosie. Soon after, he and Boosie would be incarcerated in separate cases. Gates would then be released in 2011 and immediately returned to recording music. He would soon earn the attention of Lil Wayne and would start being managed by Young Money Entertainment's management wing. In early 2013, Gates released a mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story which was called "easily the best rap-related thing" in February 2013 by Spin Magazine, who also said he has "been a rapper to watch for a few years now". The Luca Brasi Story has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 274,000 times. On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Kevin Gates is in a partnership with Atlantic Records. Gates was also featured on Pusha T's 2013 mixtape Wrath of Caine on the song "Trust You" and was featured on frequent collaborator Gudda Gudda's mixtape Guddaville 3 on the song "Hustle All Day" also featuring Flow.

On July 16, 2013, Gates released a street album entitled Stranger Than Fiction, and it featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single "4:30". Stranger Than Fiction debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week. Rolling Stone ranked his song "Wylin" at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013. His second street album By Any Means was released on March 17, 2014. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 copies in the United States. Gates was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class. In July 2015 Gates released "Kno One" which was then included on Gates' debut studio album, Islah, which was released January 29, 2016. The album was inspired by his daughter, whose name is also Islah which means to make better.

Discography

Kevin Gates - Islah

Kevin Gates - Islah

Bread Winners Association, Atlantic 2016

Guest Appearances

Max Minelli - Pre Med
  • Above The Clouds

Max Minelli - Pre Med

Minelli World Records 2009
Dumaine - I'm Who They Waitin' On
  • Bout That

Dumaine - I'm Who They Waitin' On

Battleline Records 2009
Max Minelli - Heart Of A King
  • Touchin The Roof

Max Minelli - Heart Of A King

Max Minelli LLC 2011
Doobie Smoov - Get Blowed
  • Lift Weight

Doobie Smoov - Get Blowed

Not On Label 2012
Starlito - Cold Turkey
  • Sumn Serious

Starlito - Cold Turkey

Grind Hard LLC. 2013
Starlito - Fried Turkey
  • Ballin

Starlito - Fried Turkey

Grind Hard 2013
Slim Thug - Boss Life
  • What U Mean To Me

Slim Thug - Boss Life

Hogg Life Entertainment 2013
The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf
  • Black On Black

The Game - Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf

Blood Money Entertainment, eOne 2014
Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep
  • By Myself

Lil Keke - Money Don't Sleep

Swisha Blast Ent., Seven 13 Music, LLC 2014
Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin
  • Don't Do It

Starlito - Black Sheep Don't Grin

Grind Hard 2014
Lil Keke - Screwed Up Click 4 Life
  • By Myself

Lil Keke - Screwed Up Click 4 Life

Swishahouse 2014
Dylan Cage - Pre-Roll's
  • Lights Low

Dylan Cage - Pre-Roll's

Blacklight Music Group 2014
Maseratti Nix - Only For A Selected Few, Vol. 1
  • Moon Walking

Maseratti Nix - Only For A Selected Few, Vol. 1

Selected Few Entertainment 2014
Fdamusic - Fame
  • I Know It

Fdamusic - Fame

FDAmusic, LLC. 2014
Stevie Stone - Malta Bend
  • Boss Shitt

Stevie Stone - Malta Bend

Strange Music, Inc 2015
Chedda Da Connect - Chedda World "The Album"
  • Whippin Up

Chedda Da Connect - Chedda World "The Album"

eOne Music 2015
Byrd - Hate Me Cuz U Luv Me
  • Litework

Byrd - Hate Me Cuz U Luv Me

Square Bizness Only 2015
Devious - You Sleep Out Here
  • You Sleep Out Here (Remix)

Devious - You Sleep Out Here

Free World Entertainment 2015
Richie Wess & Yung Dred - My Brother And Me
  • Ride Around

Richie Wess & Yung Dred - My Brother And Me

YTC Ent. 2015
Byrd - Possession With Intent
  • Lite Work

Byrd - Possession With Intent

Square Bizness Only 2015
Dilly Da Dillinger - The Big Macaroni
  • In My City

Dilly Da Dillinger - The Big Macaroni

Hard Ball Organization 2015
Jay Tha Prince - Feel Like It's My Time
  • Rico Or Mitch

Jay Tha Prince - Feel Like It's My Time

Mm2mm Entertainment 2015
Josh Gates - Open The Gates
  • Talk A Lil Shit

Josh Gates - Open The Gates

Open The Gates 2015
V-Lo The Maestro - The Vision 2
  • With Them Bands

V-Lo The Maestro - The Vision 2

State 2 State Entertainment, LRT 2015
Killa Kyleon - Blessed To Raise Hell
  • Ringing

Killa Kyleon - Blessed To Raise Hell

Team Run It 2016
Dumaine - Gotta Keep It Gangsta
  • Liquar Talking

Dumaine - Gotta Keep It Gangsta

Battle Line Records LLC 2016
Compton Menace - The Way It Is
  • Mojo

Compton Menace - The Way It Is

Money Hoggs 2016
Benzfinesse - Product Of Da Mud
  • Product Of Da Mud

Benzfinesse - Product Of Da Mud

NignorantEntertainmentgroup, Finessegang 2016
Wess Musiq - Wess Musiq's - EP
  • Money Good

Wess Musiq - Wess Musiq's - EP

Mad Capitol Records 2016
Montana Of 300 - Fire In The Church
  • Goonies

Montana Of 300 - Fire In The Church

FGE, TSO Music Group 2016
Tex Garcia - Tex Garcia
  • On The Run

Tex Garcia - Tex Garcia

Villain Music Co. 2016
Anonymous That Dude - Coffee & Kush 2
  • One More

Anonymous That Dude - Coffee & Kush 2

No Days Off Entertainment 2016
Flatline - Diary Of A Hustla
  • Gangsta

Flatline - Diary Of A Hustla

Bloody Money Music 2016
Tree Thomas - Your Eyes
  • Burnxone

Tree Thomas - Your Eyes

OXG 2016
T-Rell - Get Used To Me
  • Paid

T-Rell - Get Used To Me

T-Rell Music 2016
Tree Thomas - Roots
  • Burnxone

Tree Thomas - Roots

OXG 2017

Compilations

Various - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Furious 7
  • Payback

Various - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Furious 7

Atlantic 2015
Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2
  • Rolling

Lil' Keke - Top Features, Vol. 2

Seven 13 2015
Various - New Louisiana
  • Lite Work

Various - New Louisiana

Not On Label 2015
Various - That's My Hood, Vol. 5
  • Feel Like

Various - That's My Hood, Vol. 5

AMB Digital 2015
Armani DePaul - Run The Streets Vol. 2
  • Thuggin

Armani DePaul - Run The Streets Vol. 2

Beach Boi Music 2016
Various - Kannon Entertainment, Vol. 1
  • No L's (Undefeated)

Various - Kannon Entertainment, Vol. 1

Kannon Entertainment 2016
Various - Already On
  • Solid

Various - Already On

Big Top Entertainment L.L.C. 2016