Kevin Gates, born Kevin Jerome Gilyard on February 5, 1986, is a well-known American rapper, musician, actor, and entrepreneur. With his mixtapes like “Stranger Than Fiction” and “By Any Means,” Gates has made a significant impact on the music industry. However, his 2016 studio album “Islah” remains his most notable work. Let’s take a closer look at the life and career of this influential artist.
Early Life and Education:
Kevin Gates was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 5, 1986. He grew up alongside his younger brother, Brandon Gilyard, in a single-parent household, with his mother Martha Green Gates. Unfortunately, his father passed away when Kevin was only 17 years old, shortly after they had begun to build a relationship. Despite this loss, Gates persevered and pursued his passion for music.
In 2005, Gates kick-started his career by joining the local record label Dead Game Records. During this time, he collaborated with Webbie and Boosie Badazz on the mixtape “Pack of Da Littler,” released in 2007. The trio continued their partnership with the release of their second mixtape, “All or Nuthin,” in 2008. However, legal issues soon interrupted Gates’ journey, resulting in a prison sentence of over two years.