Kevin Gates: A New Kind of Rap Star
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Kevin Gates sits down at the round table in the Mass Appeal office and immediately pulls out a crystal necklace that was tucked inside his shirt before gearing up for our interview, as if to ward of any evil within the room. When asked about the necklace, Gates firmly states, “Those that know don’t speak, and those that speak don’t know.” He promises that even if he told the story about the garment, we wouldn’t understand. He explains that he “didn’t pay anything for them;” the stones came to him, which he explains in-depth with his song “Twilight.” His powerful presence is a bit intimidating, and his curt attitude would come as a shock to most. Frankly, Gates could care less about stereotypes or anyone’s feelings if it’s not broadening his mental spectrum. He isn’t out to make anyone change their minds about him.
The Louisiana-born rapper, mostly known for the success of his 2013 mixtape The Luca Brasi Story, started his career back in 2007. Since then, he’s dropped nine mixtapes, which all serve as therapy for his severe depression— a topic he openly talks about. Although he harbors a recent history of incarceration and a tattooed-up exterior, there is more to Gates than the stories surrounding his “ass-eating” fetish and his recent Instagram beef with Young Thug.
Read the full interview here