Kevin Gates Biography
(Rapper and Singer-Songwriter Known for His Album ‘Islah’)
Birthday: February 5, 1986 (Aquarius)
Born In: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Kevin Jerome Gilyard, popularly known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper, singer and entrepreneur. Famous for his popular hit studio album ‘Islah’, which was released in 2016, he is also known for his mixtapes, such as ‘Stranger than Fiction’, and ‘By Any Means’. Having released several hit singles and mixtapes throughout his career, he can be regarded as one of America’s successful contemporary singers. Gates, who began his career in 2005 after signing to Dead Game Records, a local label, rose to popularity in the late 2000s, along with rappers Webster Gradney, known popularly as Webbie, and Torrence Hatch, popularly known as Boosie Badazz. The three together released their first mixtape, ‘Pack of Da Litter’ in 2007. In 2008, they released ‘All or Nuthin’. Gates is known mostly for his autobiographical themes in his songs. He became hugely popular after the release of ‘Islah,’ his debut studio album. He has listed well-known artists such as Eminem and Jay-Z as his influences. Along with his success in the field of music, Gates has a darker side as well, and has been in and out of prison multiple times. He courted controversy after he kicked a female fan in 2015 during a stage performance. Currently he is serving a 30 month prison sentence.