Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates


Kevin Jerome Gilyard, better known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur. He is currently signed to Bread Winners' Association with a partnership with Atlantic Records.

Full Name
Kevin Jerome Gilyard
Feb 5, 1986
6' 2"
Net Worth


Kevin Gates, born Kevin Jerome Gilyard on February 5, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana, is an American rapper and singer. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and started rapping at the age of 14. In 2007 he started his own record label called Bread Winners’ Association with partner C-Loc. After releasing several mixtapes between 2007 and 2011 he was signed to Young Money Entertainment in 2013.

     In January 2016 Gates released his debut studio album Islah which debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). His single “2 Phones” peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. His second album By Any Means 2 was released in 2017 and reached number 4 on the US Billboard 200 chart. He has also appeared as a featured artist on several songs by other artists such as Gucci Mane's "I Don't Love Her", T.I.'s "Wit Me" and Rick Ross' "Same Hoes".

     In 2018 Gates was sentenced to 30 months in prison for violating terms of his parole related to prior gun possession charges but was released early due to good behavior. Following his release from prison he released Luca Brasi 3 which would become his highest charting project peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart. He also reunited with Bread Winners' Association for the 2019 studio album Only The Generals Gon Understand which received positive reviews from music critics.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1986</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Kevin Gates is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On February 5, 1986, Kevin Gates was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2007</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Gates Releases 1st Mixtape</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gates releases his first mixtape Pick of Da Litter.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Signs to Atlantic Records</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gates signs to Atlantic Records and releases Stranger Than Fiction.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2015</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Isiah’s Story Music Video</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">The music video for “Isiah’s Story” goes viral, boosting Gates’ popularity.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2016</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Releases 1st Album Islah</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gates releases his first album Islah and it debuts at number two on the Billboard 200.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2017</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Gets Sentenced to Prison</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gates is sentenced to 30 months in prison on weapons charges.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2018</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Released Early From Prison</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Gates is released early from prison after serving 9 months of his sentence.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's an Inspiring Artist</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kevin Gates is an inspiring artist. His music speaks to a wide range of people, and his lyrics are often thought provoking and encourage listeners to think differently about the world around them.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's Passionate About His Craft</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kevin Gates is passionate about his craft. He puts his heart and soul into every song he creates, and it shows in the quality of music that he produces.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He Cares About His Fans</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Kevin Gates cares about his fans and is always looking for ways to connect with them. He engages with them through social media, creating meaningful conversations with them and helping them out when they need it.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Member of a Gang</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kevin Gates was a member of the Bloods gang in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during his teenage years.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Owned a Record Label</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kevin Gates founded his own record label, Bread Winners' Association, in 2011 with his wife and manager Dreka Gates.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> First Artist to be Signed to Atlantic Records</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2013, Kevin Gates became the first artist to be signed to Atlantic Records through his own label.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Musician at an Early Age</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Kevin Gates started playing the piano at the age of 5 and began writing rap lyrics at 13.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Served Time in Prison</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In 2013, Kevin Gates was sentenced to 30 months in prison for gun possession charges.</p></div>


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