Kevin Gates

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Kevin Gates
Birth name Kevin Jerome Gilyard
Born (1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 29)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Origin Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, singer
Years active 2006–present
Labels Bread Winners Association, Atlantic Records[1]
Associated acts L.A.T., Lil Boosie, Starlito, August Alsina, Robin Banks, Birdman

Kevin Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), better known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Early life[edit]

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 Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Notorious B.I.G., and Dr. Dre as a type of therapy. In 2004, Gates began working professionally at a studio.



In an interview with XXL Gates has stated he is 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.[2]


Kevin first began rhyming in 2007, 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.[clarification needed] 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.[3] 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".[4] The Luca Brasi Story has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 266,000 times.[5] On February 15, 2013, it was announced that Kevin Gates is in a partnership with Atlantic Records.[6] Gates was also featured on Pusha T's 2013 mixtape Wrath of Caine on the song "Trust You"[7] 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".[8] Stranger Than Fiction debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week.[9] Rolling Stone ranked his song "Wylin" at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013.[10] 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.[11] Gates was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class.[12] In July 2015 Gates released "Kno One" which is supposed to be the Lead-Single of his forthcoming fourth Studio Album, it's produced by Europe's most important Hip-Hop Export: Cali The Producer.[13]



  • Pick Of Da Litter (2007)
  • All or Nuthing (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)
  • Stranger Than Fiction (2013)
  • By Any Means (2014)
  • Luca Brasi 2 (2014)


  • Murder For Hire (2015)


As lead artist[edit]

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)
90 30 20 Luca Brasi 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Bout That" 2009 Dumaine, Savage I'm Who They Waitin'
"I'm Clean" 2010 Max Minelli The Leak
"Dream Team" Max Minelli, Malachi X
"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"
"Throw Ya Dick"
"My Runner" JT The Bigga Figga, Fresh
"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" Young Troll, 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, Big Poppa, Lil Snupe Bay Bay Day 2013
"Movie" DJ Bay Bay, DJ Khaled, Juvenile
"Back In The Day" DJ Kay Slay, Big K.R.I.T., Trae Tha Truth The Last Champion
"Came From Nothin'" DJ Spinatik, Gunplay, Verse Simmonds Came From Nothin'
"Leash On Life" Starlito, Don Trip 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
"Summ Serious" Starlito Cold Turkey
"About A Bitch" Starlito, Don Trip
"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
"Court" D Dash, Percy Keith Trap Music: Popular Edition
"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
"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" Tre Pierre, 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" Yung Mazi, Bloody Jay
"Ova Now" Yung Mazi Trapz N Trunkz
"All The Way" 2015 Big Head, Bugsy Calhoone In My Feelings
"Live" 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
"Day 1's" Cool Amerika No Taxes 2
"Stripes" DC Young Fly Supplyin Pressure
"Right Now" DJ Bay Bay, Ant Banks, Kirko Bangz Right Now
"I Know It" FDAMusic Fame
"Paper, Steak & Shrimp" Freddy G, King J, Pimp C The Unexpected
"Keep Gettin' Money" Fredo Santana Ain't No Money Like Trap Money
"No Sleep" GeeQue N/A
"Straight Drop" JE Da Substance God's DNA
"She Know" Jeezy Gangsta Party
"Payback" Juicy J, Future, Sage the Gemini Furious 7
"On Me" K Check, Juicy J, Problem N/A
"Cut Up" Lil Cali, Nunu James Work Call
"No Sleep" Lil Shown 1000 Don Stati2
"Earn Your Keep" Loaded Lux, Fat Trel Beloved 2
"News" Mistah F.A.B. Welcome 2 Da Dope Era
"How Can I" Need Bucks Here For A Reason
"Murda Game" OG Boobie Black N/A
"Doin Numbers" Randy Bee Beezy Porter
"She Ain't Right" Rocko, Rod-D Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks 94
"Don't Do It" (remix) Starlito, Young Dolph Black Sheep Don't Grin
"Responsibility" Tjourney Arrae N/A
"Solid" Trae Tha Truth All-Star Weekend 2015
"Bullshit" Vee Tha Rula RULA 2
"Ion Feel Em" Yo Gotti Concealed
"Destroyed" Young Thug, Birdman, MPA Duke N/A
"In Your Dreams" Yung Mazi Strictly 4 The Traps N Trunks 92
"She Knows" Young Jeezy Gangsta Party
"Boss Shitt" Stevie Stone Malta Bend


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