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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 it’s hard to imagine corporate interests ever aligning behind them. Gates can sing and knows how to put together genuinely catchy songs, but he’s just as likely to rap furiously… More »

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 him: Macklemore and Diddy. This was a weird show and not a particularly good one. French had a live band with him, since live bands are a sort of luxury… More »

Last week, for the third time ever, a rapper won an Oscar. And for the first of those three times, it didn’t feel like a fluke. The first rapper to win was Eminem, who would’ve taken home the trophy for “Lose Yourself” in 2003 if he’d bothered to show up. That was the Academy acknowledging… More »

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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'…
Lisa Brown | July 27, 2015 - 5:00 pm

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

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

Kevin Gates – “Khaza”

Not every track from the Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates is great, but you have to listen to all of them, since you never know…
Tom Breihan | May 18, 2015 - 12:17 pm

Dej Loaf – “Me U & Hennessy (Remix)” (Feat. Kevin Gates)

Dej Loaf got famous with "Try Me," a song about killing you. But now the Detroit rap crooner is staying famous with "Me U &
Tom Breihan | May 6, 2015 - 9:34 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than i…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

The Week In Rap: Big Sean Is Good Now, Somehow

In the annals of rap history, Fat Joe holds a curious distinction. Joe is a just-OK rapper, a guy who fills space just fine o…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2015 - 5:27 pm

The Week In Rap: Farewell To The Jacka

After three and a half years, Mixtape Of The Week is dead. In its place, we've got a new feature on Stereogum, one loosely based…
Tom Breihan | February 4, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Kevin Gates Wants You To Know He’s Fucking His Cousin

Kevin Gates is one of the best rappers working today, a furious and emotive stylist who brings an intensity that few of his peers ca…
Tom Breihan | January 9, 2015 - 9:07 am

Kevin Gates – “I Don’t Get Tired” (Feat. August Alsina) Video

Kevin Gates waited until the year was almost over to release one of its best mixtapes. Luca Brasi 2, the new one from the Bato…
Tom Breihan | December 22, 2014 - 9:34 am

Mixtape Of The Week: Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2

If you've ever spent too long speaking uninterrupted -- teaching a class, say, or reading aloud to your kids -- you've probably noticed your voice…
Tom Breihan | December 17, 2014 - 4:21 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap's biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he's been promising.
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

Download Kevin Gates Luca Brasi 2

Last year, Kevin Gates, a longtime rap hero in his Baton Rouge hometown, broke the fuck out nationally with his incredible mixtape The Luca Brasi
Tom Breihan | December 15, 2014 - 10:29 am

Kevin Gates – “Perfect Imperfection”

16 days before 2014 ends, the Baton Rouge rap monster Kevin Gates will release a new mixtape, presumably because he likes making things difficult for…
Tom Breihan | November 24, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Kevin Gates – “Out The Mud” Video

Next month, the fearsome Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates releases his new Luca Brasi 2 mixtape out into the world, and he's already shared early track…
Tom Breihan | November 19, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Kevin Gates – “I Don’t Get Tired” (Feat. August Alsina)

Lately, the Baton Rouge rap monster Kevin Gates has been throwing up new songs like "Reasonable Suspicion" and "Crazy" online. Now, we know why. Next…
Tom Breihan | November 17, 2014 - 1:31 pm