Kevin Jerome Gilyard, better known by his stage name Kevin Gates,has quickly became a rap superstar favorite of mine and many others.
Another mixtape, All or Nuthin‘, was released in 2008 and featured what Gates described as “a lot of pain…a lot of true stories.
The true stories and the pure emotion that is put into Kevin Gates music has influenced thousands and thousands of fans to support Gates through his career.
In early 2013, Gates released the mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story, via his Bread Winners’ Association record label. The album received critical praise with Pitchfork saying the album, “imbues trap’s claustrophobic bleakness with an emotional nakedness, capable lyricism, and melodic certitude many of its recent breakout stars have lacked.
In October 2015, Gates announced the title and release date of his debut studio album, Islah, which means “to make better” in Arabic and is also the name of his firstborn daughter. The album was originally slated for release on December 11, 2015.
The album would eventually be pushed back to January 29, 2016. It would also feature a total of five singles including, “Kno One,” “La Familia,” “The Truth,” “Really Really,” and “2 Phones.” Both “Really Really” and “2 Phones”.The album sold 112,000 copies in the first week of its release and it also peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.The album had almost no guest appearances with the exception of Trey Songz, Ty Dolla Sign, and Jamie Foxx who are all featured on the bonus track. Islah received largely positive reviews with Inverse calling it the “Best Album of 2016 So Far.” Pitchfork noted that it was “by far the best single release of his career.”Kevin Gates said it himself in his hit song satellites that ” i’m gonna keep going i know that the light green”and I for one hope that he does continue his amazing lyrical song writing and album dropping,on May 26, 2016, he announced that sequel to Murder for Hire will be coming on May 27, 2016.