Facts of Kevin Gates
|Full Name:||Kevin Gates|
|Age:||33 years 1 months|
|Birth Date:||February 05, 1986|
|Birth Place:||Louisiana, USA|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Dreka Gates|
|Height / How tall? :||6 feet 4 inches (1.93m)|
|Net Worth:||$1 million|
|Ethnicity:||African-American, Puerto Rican|
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Kevin Gates is an American famed rapper, singer, and entrepreneur. His debut studio album had topped the US Billboard chart. He had also released a number of mixtapes prior to his album.
Kevin Gates-how old is Kevin Gates?
Talking about his life, Kevin Gates was born on 5 February 1986 in Louisiana. His full name is Kevin Jerome Gilyard. After his birth, he and his family migrated to Baton Rouge. There is no detailed information available about his parents and siblings. He had a difficult childhood and his first arrest came in 1999 when he was just a teen. This was for joyriding a passenger.
He has a mixed ethnicity; African-American and Puerto Rican. At the age of 17, he joined Baton Rouge Community College. There is no other detail about his childhood and growing years or his love for music in childhood. He is a practicing Muslim.
The start of Kevin Gates career
In 2005, Kevin joined the record label called Dead Game Records. His friends from Baton Rouge Boosie Badazz and Webbie collaborated with him for the release of his first mixtape which was called Pick of da Litter. This was released in 2007. In 2008, Kevin released another mixtape titled All or Nuthin’. It contained a lot of pains and lot of true stories.
The same year Kevin Gates was jailed for some offense and hence there was slight stalling in his music career. In his 31 months’ in prison, he studied and cleared his master’s degree in psychology. He was released early from prison due to his good behavior.
The post-prison time
Soon after being released from prison, Kevin Gates commenced work on his music. His next mixtape Make ‘Em Believe; created some buzz. Lil Wayne’s record company Young Money Entertainment saw his potential and he was signed to their management wing. Birdman then advised Kevin to start his own record label.
In early 2013, Kevin released his mixtape called The Luca Brasi Story. It received a critical praise. Pitchfork said of this mixtape-
“It imbues trap’s claustrophobic bleakness with an emotional nakedness, capable lyricism, and melodic certitude many of its recent breakout stars have lacked.”
After the success of this mixtape, Kevin got signed to Atlantic Records. Kevin Gates’ first major label mixtape was called Stranger than Fiction and it was released in July 2013. It has songs related to Kevin’s time in prison and his days of depression. This mixtape also received a lot of praise and appreciation. It also appeared on Billboard’s top 200 charts.
He commenced his US tour of 4 weeks duration. He did parole violations and was resent to prison. On release from jail, he focused again on music. He also released an energy drink.
Kevin Gates more chart-breaking mixtapes
From 2015, Kevin Gates released more mixtapes which all became popular and also appeared on Billboard top music charts.
The controversy and his first studio album
In August 2015, a video surfaced which showed Kevin kicking a female fan on the chest, Kevin responded to it and stated that the fan was tucking on to his shorts.
On 29 January 2016, Kevin Gates released his first studio album which was called Isiah which means ‘to make better’ in Arabic. It was a commercial success. His net worth is estimated to be 1.5 million.
Kevin Gates Personal life
In October 2015, Kevin married his long-term girlfriend called Dreka Haynes. He has two children with Dreka- daughter Isiah and son Khaza. Kevin Gates also has children with other women.
He said in an interview:
“I got some children. I’m real real close with them. I lay in the bed with them, hold them, love on them. It really doesn’t make sense to say [how many kids I have]. Not in a bad way, but it’s not like the public will ever get to see my children, and if they do see them, they aren’t going to know they’re mine.”
Kevin Gates is active on social media including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. He has gained more than 7.3 million followers on Instagram, more than 4.6 million subscribers on YouTube, more than 1.04 million followers on Twitter and over 7.5 million followers on Facebook.