Real Name: Kevin Jerome Gilyard
Born: February 5, 1986
Place of Birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6′ 2″
Net Worth: $1 million
Louisiana native Kevin Gates is no stranger to controversy. The 30-year-old rapper often found himself on the wrong side of the law growing up. His first arrest, at the young age of 13, was a result of joyriding. However, his hard upbringing was what helped inspire the truth behind his writing. The rapper’s first mixtape, Pick of Da Litter, was filled with lyrics that came from a lifetime of trouble, pain and regrets. The 2007 album helped put him on the radar for both new fans and potential record labels. The minor success obtained from the first mixtape led to the 2013 release of his next one: The Luca Brasi Story. Highly lauded by The Rolling Stone, this album was Gates’ key to landing a record deal with Atlantic Records. His first mixtape with Atlantic Records, titled Stranger Than Fiction, was a heartfelt expression of his internal, emotional struggles and battles with depression. Gates’ music, which strays from common rap artists and delves more into the human psyche, has been integral to Gates’ success. Recently, Gates has drawn some criticism from fans for his stance on the Black Lives Matter movement. Gates calls out the movement, explaining that black-on-black crime is a much worse problem, deserving of more attention than the recent spate of police shootings.