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October 29, 2019
Kevin Gates does not mince words. It's his great gift, really... he's perfectly comfortable reeling off "lyrical-miracle" technical displays, but his best music is rooted strongly in the 2Pac tradition of blunt-force honesty, and all his best songs emerg
Outspoken gangsta rapper Kevin Gates returns in 2019 with his second studio album, I'm Him. To celebrate Gates also returns to the stage for the hotly anticipated tour of the same name, bringing his distinctive blend of southern hip hop, hook-driven lyrical knockout punches and street cred along for the 30-date ride. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, the rising icon made a name for himself on the underground mix-tape circuit before hitting the mainstream with his Top 40 charting mixtape Stranger Than Fiction.
The subsequent release of multiple mixtapes upped the Gates' profile, garnering support and collaborations from contemporaries like Pusha T, Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa, before the rapper made his fully-fledged (and platinum-selling) album debut in 2016, which was named after his daughter, Islah. An overwhelming success, the offering showcased an eye for detail, melody and mood, and chronicled a fascinating saga about his rags to riches story filled with emotion, violence, determination, hedonism, tenderness and self-actualisation.
This second album sees Gates' reinvention in music form, from his physical and mental battles within himself, 2019 sees Gates' become a new man, a new man who is back and better than ever!
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