Kevin Gates

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Kevin Gates
Gates posing with Lil' Wayne in 2012- 2013-08-13 15-04.jpg
Gates (left) posing with Lil Wayne in late 2013.
Background information
Birth name Kevin Gilyard
Also known as Kevin Gates
Born (1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 29)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Origin Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer
Years active 2007–present
Labels Bread Winners Association, Atlantic Records[1]
Associated acts L.A.T., DJ Ya Boy Earl, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, August Alsina, Boobie Black, Max Minelli, Percy Keith, Terrance Hines

Kevin Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), better known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Gates signed with Atlantic Records.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gates grew up with depression problems and often listened to rappers such as Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the Notorious B.I.G., and Dr. Dre as a type of therapy. In 2004, Gates began working professionally at a studio.[2][3]

Musical career[edit]

Kevin first began rhyming in 2007, when he began making music with fellow Louisiana natives such as 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.[4] 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".[5] The Luca Brasi Story has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 133,000 times.[6]

On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Kevin Gates is in a partnership with Atlantic Records.[7] Gates was also featured on Pusha T's 2013 mixtape Wrath of Caine on the song "Trust You"[8] 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 titled Stranger Than Fiction, the street album featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single "4:30".[9] Stranger Than Fiction debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week.[10] Rolling Stone ranked his song "Wylin" at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013.[11] 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.[12] Gates was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class.[13]



In an interview with XXL Gates has stated he's a fan of Southern beats citing Master P and Cash Money Records as a big influence. Gates also cites Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, Big L and Eminem as influences to his lyricism.[14]


Digital Albums[edit]

List of albums & mixtapes, with selected chart positions, showing year released and sales[15]
Title Year Peak chart positions Total Sales US


Stranger Than Fiction 37 11 7 10,200
By Any Means 17 5 3 25,000
Luca Brasi 2 38 5 3 30,000


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Satellites" 2013 Stranger Than Fiction
"Don't Know" 2014 By Any Means
"Posed To Be In Love"
(featuring Doe B)
"I Don't Get Tired"
(featuring August Alsina)
107 33 Luca Brasi 2

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Artist Other artist(s) Project
"Bout That" 2009 Dumaine Savage I'm Who They Waitin'
"Dream Team" 2010 Max Minelli Malachi X The Leak
"I'm Clean" -
"Bow Flex" 2011 9th Ward Earnka - N/A
"Drug Dealer Potential" JT The Bigga Figga - Drug Dealer Potential
"Every Little Thing I Do"
"Friends To The End"
"My Runner" Fresh
"Throw Ya Dick" -
"Murder" T-Bo - Dat White Dude
"Ink Bleed" (Remix) 2012 Flow Bonka, G. Wilson Wolf
"Burnin'" French Montana Akon, Chinx Drugz Coke Boys 3
"Hustle All Day" Gudda Gudda Flow Guddaville 3
"All I Want" Juvenile Skip Juvie Tuesdays
"Hit Dat" Remix Level Hurricane Chris Club Banga King
"Nasty" Lil Cali - Against All Odds
"Bills" Lil Chuckee - The Cypher
"Shut Up And Get Money" Rodnae Da Boss Ruccas, Yung Duke I'm Not A Rapper
"What You Doin Here" Young Salo - N/A
"Wild Out" Young Troll Kaotic Y.T.E 4 Life
"What U Think About That" Keenan
"Everytime You See Me" 2013 1 Shot Dealz - Ambitionz Of A Ryder
"Long Haul" Alley Boy Starlito War Cry
"Beat It Up" Bloody Jay - Blatlanta II: Brazy
"Catch That" DJ Bay Bay Lil Snupe, Big Poppa Bay Bay Day 2013
"Movie" DJ Khaled, Juvenile
"Back In The Day" DJ Kay Slay Trae Tha Truth, Big K.R.I.T. The Last Champion
"Came From Nothin'" DJ Spinatik Gunplay, Verse Simmonds Came From Nothin' EP
"Leash On Life" Don Trip & Starlito - Step Brothers 2
"All About My Paper" Dorrough - Shut The City Down 1.5
"You Gonna Love Me" Jim Jack - Solo Grind
"Bitch I'm Okay" JT The Bigga Figga - Fillmoelanta 3
"Empty World"
"Never Will I"
"When I'm Grindin'"
"I'm Realla"
"Hit The Book And Pray"
"Snake Niggas" Migos - Streets On Lock
"Trust You" Pusha T - Wrath of Caine
"She Ain't Right" Rod-D Daone No Days Off 2
"Gudda" Shy Glizzy - LAW 2
"Facedown" Shyst Red Wale Black Migo Shyst
"America's Nightmare " SL Jones - Way Of Life No Hobby
"What U Mean To Me" Slim Thug Muggs Boss Life
"About A Bitch" Starlito Don Trip Cold Turkey
"Summ Serious" -
"Dark Angel" Trae Tha Truth - I Am King
"Can't Fall In Love" Trump Da Don - N/A
"In It 2 Win It" Yo Gutta - Low Key
"Anybody Can Get It" Yung Mazi - Murdarati
"Red Light, Green Light"
"Come Up" Zed Zilla - Time 2 Eat
"No Patience" 2014 Alley Boy - Alley Shakur
"You Don't Love Me" Alvin Ray - Trally Boy Heat
"Lambo" B.o.B Jake Lambo No Genre Pt. 2
"Nasty" (Remix) Bandit Gang Marco Young Thug You Don't Know Me
"Childhood" BWA Kane - Ain’t Nothin Bigga Than The B
"Dis Pack" Chill Will Fat Trel Live From The Bando
"I Be" Dreco - Abnormal Way Of Life
"You Sleep Out Here" Devious - You Sleep Out Here
"The Deal" Gotti Green Johnny Moog Bank Money
"Diamonds" Hatch Boy - Bigger Than Rap 2
"Addicted To Money" (Remix) Jigg Zed Zilla N/A
"Amazin' Story" K.E. On The Track Yung Mazi I Am Music
"Mud" LaTre' - Mud
"Strippers Bop" (Remix) Laudie Jim Jones N/A
"We Are Strong" Lil Bibby - Free Crack 2
"By Myself" Lil Keke 8Ball Money Don't Sleep
"Feenin'" Lyrica Anderson - King Me 2
"Don't Make Em Like Me" Mouse On Tha Track - Air Time
"Sex, Drugs & Money"
"2 Rounds" (Remix) Propain Rich Homie Quan N/A
"Lose Control" Percy Keith - Crazy On Tha Outside
"Ride Around" Richie Wess - Wess Side Story
"Sick" Rico Love - I Sin
"Head Honcho" Rod-D Baby E, Playamone No Days Off 2
"50 Grams" Roy Demeo - N/A
"Ballin'" Starlito Juicy J N/A
"Don't Do It" - Black Sheep Don't Grin
"For Sale" Tana - Shit Done Got Real Reloaded
"Black On Black" The Game Young Jeezy Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf
"Nothing" Tre Pierre - Mixtape Maniac II
"Pay Off" D Eazy
"Get 2 It" Willie Joe Shay Sanchez I'm From The Bay Bruh
"Pussy Nigga" (Remix) Woop Plies, Yo Gotti Woop Nation
"Drugs" (Remix) Young Scooter Rich Homie Quan Street Lotery 2: Remix Edition
"Money Of Cocaine" Yung Mazi Young Thug Trapanomics
"Make It Or Take It" Bloody Jay
"Ova Now" - Trapz N Trunkz
"Live" 2015 Big Mota - N/A
"Let Me Find Out" Bluff City - 4 Play
"Bet That Up" Boldy James Snootie Wild Trapper's Alley 2
"Our Life" C-Steeze - World So Cold
"Stripes" DC Young Fly - Supplyin Pressure
"I Know It" FDAMusic - Fame
"Paper, Steak & Shrimp " Freddy G King J, Pimp C The Unexpected
"Payback" Juicy J Future, Sage the Gemini Furious 7
"Cut Up" Lil Cali Nunu James Work Call
"Earn Your Keep" Loaded Lux Fat Trel Beloved 2
"Murda Game" OG Boobie Black - N/A
"Doin Numbers" Randy Bee - Beezy Porter
"Responsibility" Tjourney Arrae - N/A
"Solid" Trae Tha Truth - All-Star Weekend 2015
"Ion Feel Em" Yo Gotti - Concealed
"In Your Dreams" Yung Mazi - Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks 92


  • Pick of da Litter (2007)
  • All or Nuthin (2008)
  • All In (2009)
  • Behind Enemy Lines (2010)
  • The Leak (2010)
  • I Don't Know What to Call It Vol. 1 (2011)
  • Make 'em Believe (2012)
  • In the Mean Time (2012)
  • The Luca Brasi Story (2013)
  • By Any Means (2014)
  • Luca Brasi 2 (2014)