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About Kevin Gates

After a string of successful mixtapes since 2007, the multi-platinum award-nominated Baton Rouge artist, Kevin Gates, ascended to the forefront of the culture on his 2016 double-platinum debut album, ISLAH. In its wake, he emerged as “one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of 2016,” second only to Drake. It bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and yielded the quadruple-platinum “2 Phones,” triple-platinum “Really Really,” in addition to several platinum and gold certified tracks. Pitchfork lauded it among “Best New Music, “it graced year-end lists by Billboard and Complex, and it garnered a nod for “Best Rap Album “at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

By 2019, total streams exceeded 5 billion as he achieved dozens of gold and platinum certifications. He maintained his prolific musical output with the EP, Only the Generals Gon Understand, but the real work happened at home in the mirror. Soul-baring conversations with Dreka saw him accept constructive criticism, quit hard drugs, and embrace a rigorous workout regimen.

The past dictates the present, but we determine the future. By confronting yesterday, learning its lessons, gaining its wisdom, and ultimately moving ahead, Kevin Gates sheds skin and steps into who he was always meant to be for tomorrow on his second full-length album, I'm Him [Breadwinners’ Association/Atlantic Records].

Last updated: January 2020