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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 also deemed one of the best rappers working today. This past spring he released his EP-length mixtape Murder For Hire, with leading track “Khaza“, and just this month put out… More »

By: Lisa Brown / July 27, 2015 - 5:00 pm

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 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 »

By: Tom Breihan / June 3, 2015 - 5:13 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 song is one of seven on a new EP-length Gates mixtape called Murder For Hire. The tape follows up last year’s great Luca Brasi 2 tape, and it has Gate… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2015 - 5:23 pm

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 homemade video for the track. It seems to have been shot entirely at his mansion by the water in Louisiana — he hangs out with his crew, records the vocal… More »

By: 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 when greatness will strike. And sometimes, you can tell from the first few seconds of a song that it’s going to be a monster. Case in point: The new track… More »

By: 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 & Hennessy,” a song about tenderly having sex with you. There’s a world of difference between those two songs. And now Kevin Gates, Dej Loaf’s colleague in underground rap complexity, ha… More »

By: 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 in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

The Week In Rap: Kanye West Murders The Brits

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2015 - 10:52 am

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 on tracks but who almost never says anything that’ll rattle around in your consciousness. But Joe has been on more great songs than any other just-OK rapper in history. The list… More »

By: 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 on Chris DeVille’s Week In Pop column. The Week In Rap won’t go as deep as that column does, but it’ll give us a chance to go in deep o… More »

By: 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 can match. Luca Brasi 2, the mixtape he released last year, is absolutely essential to anyone who loves rap music. But as some of us learned watching the movie Great BallsMore »

By: 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 Baton Rouge rapper, is a fearsome, cathartic piece of work, a powerful showcase for one of the greatest rappers we have working right now. Over the weekend, Gates shared the new… More »

By: 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 fraying and decaying, reducing itself to a husk more quickly than you might’ve thought possible. That zombie version of your own voice — grainy, creaking, drained of vitality — doe… More »

By: 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. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: 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 Story. Gates has released a couple of other mixtapes since then, and they’ve been good. But in naming his new tape Luca Brasi 2, Gates is signaling to the world… More »

By: 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 those of us who are trying to make “best rap mixtape of 2014″ lists. Gates has already shared a generous handful of tracks that will probably appear on his forthcoming… More »

By: 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 tracks “Reasonable Suspicion,” “Crazy,” and the August Alsina collab “I Don’t Get Tired.” Now Gates has a video for another new song, the full-bodied drug-dealing anthem “Out The Mud.” Jerome DMore »

By: 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 month, Gates will release Luca Brasi 2, the sequel to The Luca Brasi Story, the amazing 2013 mixtape that put Gates on the map. There’s an iTunes pre-order for LucaMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 17, 2014 - 1:31 pm

Kevin Gates – “Crazy”

The hungry, ferocious Baton Rouge rapper, who released the very good By Any Means mixtape earlier this year, might have a new mixtape in the works. Or he might just be cranking out new songs online so more people will go see him live. Either way, it’s good to have Gates in active mode. Last… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014 - 1:08 pm
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