Showing All "Kevin Gates" Posts

XXL's annual Freshman Class issue is always a sketchy proposition, but it always includes at least a handful of genuine talents. Five of the most interesting guys on this year's list have joined…   Read Story »
The rap magazine XXL finds its biggest moment, culturally, when it unveils its not-quite-annual "freshman class" cover, grouping together a crew of up-and-coming rappers earmarked for stardom. Some…   Read Story »
I saw a lot of rappers at SXSW this year -- according to a few smart people I talked to, this was the year rap effectively took over the festival -- but I only saw one who cared about rapping to the…   Read Story »
Fresh off a diamond-in-the-rough performance at SXSW, Kevin Gates has released a video for a cut from his new mixtape, By Any Means. (Gates' mixtape The Luca Brasi Story made the 13th spot on our…   Read Story »
Last year, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates released two of the best rap full-lengths, the mixtape The Luca Brasi Story and the album Stranger Than Fiction. Last week, he played the…   Read Story »
Rap shows at SXSW are always clusterfucky, but I don't think I've ever witnessed a clusterfuck quite as clusterfucked as Southern Hospitality's showcase last night. The show was on the roof of Avenue…   Read Story »
The Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates made two of last year's best rap full-lengths: The mixtape The Luca Brasi Story and the album Stranger Than Fiction. In a few weeks, he'll be back with another…   Read Story »
With his Stranger Than Fiction LP and his The Luca Brasi Story mixtape, the Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates made two of last year's best rap albums. Now he's got a new single called "Don't Know," a…   Read Story »
Last year, there was one album -- Kendrick Lamar's Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City -- that united virtually the entire rap-listening public in adoration. This year, no such luck. Many heard my #1 pick of the…   Read Story »
He's a rising regional star now, but not too long ago, the Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates had his career interrupted by a prison stint. On "MYB," a track from his new album Stranger Than Fiction,…   Read Story »