Who is Kevin Gates?
Kevin Jerome Gilyard was born on 5 February 1986, in Louisiana, USA, of Puerto Rican and Moroccan descent, and best known for performing under the stage name Kevin Gates, is a rapper as well as an entrepreneur. His debut album entitled “Islah” reached the 2nd spot on the US Billboard 200 chart and he’s also released numerous mixtapes which have charted highly. He is signed to his own label, the Bread Winners’ Association, in a partnership with Atlantic Records.
The Wealth of Kevin Gates
How rich is Kevin Gates? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is at $1 million, earned through a successful career in the music industry, in which he’s also collaborated with numerous other artists. As he continues his career, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Kevin’s family moved to Baton Rouge when he was still young, and he was raised there. He had a troubled childhood, and at the age of 13 years old was arrested for the first time for “Joyriding” as a passenger. After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the Baton Rouge Community College but soon dropped out to pursue fully a career in the music industry. In 2007 he signed with a local label called Dead Game Records, often working with Webbie and Boosie Badazz, increasing his popularity with fellow natives. The three collaborated on his first mixtape entitled “Pick of Da Litter”, released in 2007, and he then worked on another mixtape -“All or Nuthin’” – which is based on true stories, according to him. The following year, he was arrested and spent three years in prison, effectively interrupting his music career, but during his time in jail, he enrolled into a prison program, and completed a master’s degree in psychology, and was subsequently released early due to good behavior.
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Return to a Music Career
Gates then started working on music again, and gained traction with the release of the mixtape “Make ‘Em Believe”, attracting the attention of Lil Wayne, and was signed to the management wing of Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment. He never signed a record deal with Young Money, but later had the idea of creating his own label, following a suggestion of Birdman.
In 2013 he released the mixtape “The Luca Brasi Story” through his own record label, and attracted critical acclaim, and proved successful, so that he was signed to Atlantic Records, under which he released his first major label mixtape entitled “Stranger Than Fiction”, which talked about numerous issues including his time in prison. It received positive reviews as well, and marked the first time one he entered the Billboard 200, peaking in 37th spot. He embarked on a four week tour across the United States to promote the mixtape, but was then imprisoned for parole violations, and sentenced to four months jail, so returning to music in 2014. He worked on a new mixtape project entitled “By Any Means” which featured guest artists such as Rico Love, 2 Chainz, and Plies, and reached 17th spot on the Billboard 200.
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In 2014, Kevin was named a member of the XXL Freshmen Class of the year, and went on a tour to promote his mixtape, then releasing “Luca Brasi 2” which earned him his third Billboard 200 listing at 38. His single “I Don’t Get Tired” reached the US Billboard Hot 100, and was his first single to be certified gold. The following year, he released the mixtape entitled “Murder for Hire”, and then the song “Kno One”, which would be a precursor to his studio album “Islah”.
He announced the release date of his debut studio album, and mentioned that the title means “to make better” in Arabic; it is also the name of his first-born daughter. The album was pushed back to a 2016 release, and featured singles such as “Really Really” and “2 Phones”, which gained commercial success, and hthe album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, actually featuring appearances from only three guests in just one song, and gained a huge number of positive reviews. One of his latest is “By Any Means 2”, released by his spouse who took executive control of the project after he was jailed again for a past issue, being released in 2018.
For his personal life, it is known that Gates married longtime girlfriend Dreka Haynes in 2015, and they have two children together. He has also hinted that he has other children with other women, but hasn’t specified details about them. He is a practicing Muslim with his wife, and the two travelled to Mecca for the annual Islamic pilgrimage called Hajj.
His music has been defined as autobiographical with a mix of Southern beats. One of the reasons for his success is his honesty, and that he stays true to his artistry, according to several publications. He also uses a mix of melody and rap that works well, and has overshadowed a lot of people who started their careers before him. He often deals with depression, prison and poverty as topics for his songs. Some of his influences include Eminem, Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Jay-Z.