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Kanye West wasn’t in the room for the first Kanye West stage-crash of 2016. Instead, a random and stoned-looking young man wandered onstage as the panel from The Talk accepted a People’s Choice award, seizing the microphone and shouting out Kanye West’s sneaker line. In his few seconds of mic time, before Sharon Osbourne kicked… More »

If you believe everything you read, the music industry was “saved” not once but three times in 2015 — first by Taylor Swift, then by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, and once more by Adele. Problem solved, right? … More »

You see plenty of good performances at music festivals, but you don’t see too many great ones. I’ve been going to these things for literal decades, and the list of transcendent music-festival performances that I’ve seen is a short one: The Prodigy at the 1997 HFStival, Radiohead and a Tribe Called Quest at the 1998… More »

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Kevin Gates – “Pride” Video

Islah, the proper major-label debut from Baton Rouge underground rap monster Kevin Gates, is selling better than anyone expected. And now Gates, who has made…
Tom Breihan | February 10, 2016 - 4:35 pm
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Kevin Gates, Beacon Of Good Judgment, Explains Why He Didn’t Vaccinate His Kids

Vaccinate your children. The most contentious I usually get on here is the occasional goofy band takedown, but I want to be serious for a…
Chris DeVille | February 8, 2016 - 11:22 am
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Guy Crashes People’s Choice Awards Stage To Shout Out Kevin Gates And Kanye

Last night, the generally deeply predictable People's Choice Award hosted maybe the sleepiest, most low-impact Ol' Dirty Bastard/Kanye West awards-show moment of all time. This…
Tom Breihan | January 7, 2016 - 9:38 am
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The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2015

Things got hot in 2015. After 2014, when most of rap's biggest names took the year off, everyone was suddenly locked into a brutal competition…
Tom Breihan | December 7, 2015 - 9:50 am
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Kevin Gates – “2 Phones” (Stereogum Premiere)

Kevin Gates, the intense and erratic Baton Rouge rap monster, will release his new album Islah early next year. He's talked about trying to make…
Tom Breihan | November 5, 2015 - 3:11 pm
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Kevin Gates – “Really Really”

The same week a video of Kevin Gates kicking a female fan went viral, Kevin Gates announced the impending release of his new album. He…
Tom Breihan | October 5, 2015 - 12:52 pm
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Status Ain’t Hood: Fetty Wap’s Sloppy, Improbable Rise

As I write this, I'm sharing my office with a 130-pound yellow labrador named Flapjack. The last time I took him to a boarder, she…
Tom Breihan | September 30, 2015 - 2:34 pm
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Kevin Gates – “Tattoo Session”

When last we heard from the furious Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates he was attempting to justify, through song, kicking a female fan in the
Tom Breihan | September 28, 2015 - 11:23 am

Download DJ E-Feezy The Wolf Of South Beach Mixtape

Young Money-affiliated Miami producer DJ E-Feezy has just dropped his new mixtape The Wolf Of South Beach. It's a massive 22-track project with a stacked…
Peter Helman | September 9, 2015 - 6:52 pm

Kevin Gates Addresses Battery Charge On New Song

Over the weekend, Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates was doing a show in Florida when 18-year-old female fan Miranda Dixon appeared to grab his leg.
Tom Breihan | September 2, 2015 - 12:57 pm
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Kevin Gates Charged With Battery For Kicking Female Audience Member

Kevin Gates has been charged with simple battery after kicking a female audience member during a concert in Florida over the weekend. According to a…
James Rettig | September 1, 2015 - 5:42 pm
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Kevin Gates – “Tomorrow”

When he wants to be, Baton Rouge's Kevin Gates is one of the best rappers in the world. And while Gates' new single "Tomorrow" isn't…
Tom Breihan | August 3, 2015 - 1:58 pm

Kevin Gates – “Kno One” Video

Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates may get a lot of attention for his discussions on unusual sexual endeavors, but behind his wild Instagram presence he's…
Lisa Brown | July 27, 2015 - 5:00 pm
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Status Ain’t Hood: Is Anyone Rapping Better Than Kevin Gates Right Now?

Kevin Gates will probably never become a big star. He's too rough and raw, too wild and passionate. His presence is forceful and chaotic, and…
Tom Breihan | June 3, 2015 - 5:13 pm
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Download Kevin Gates Murder For Hire Mixtape

Last week, the Louisiana rap monster Kevin Gates threw a hellacious new track called "Khaza" out into the world. As it turns out, that new…
Tom Breihan | May 27, 2015 - 9:53 am

Status Ain’t Hood: Chinx Drugz And Legacy Cut Short

A couple of years ago, I saw French Montana headline the FADER Fort during SXSW, and he brought a pair of deeply random guests with…
Tom Breihan | May 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm
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Kevin Gates – “Khaza” Video

Potential dog fetishist and cousin fucker Kevin Gates put out a song called "Khaza" a few days ago, and he's followed that up with a…
James Rettig | May 20, 2015 - 5:10 pm
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