Louisiana native Kevin Gates has accomplished the seemingly impossible. He’s grown a local following into a full on, national frenzy. Maintaining the raw honesty that so easily emanates from his music, all while garnering the respect of mainstream music publications such as: Fader, The Washington Post and Spin Magazine. With quotes like “The Luca Brasi Story” imbues trap’s claustrophobic bleakness with an emotional nakedness, capable lyricism and melodic certitude many of its recent breakout stars have lacked” – Pitchfork, Gates has established himself as the one to watch amongst hip hop’s new comers.
Having developed a partnership with Atlantic Records in 2013, today, Gates’ Bread Winners Association, (of which Kevin is the first signed artist to be released), officially releases their first single “Satellites”, which can be downloaded on iTunes, http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=611683188 . Accompanying the single is the provocative visual, premiering online alongside the song (http://youtu.be/aE4UNGlu-Ak). Just months prior, critics were won over by the acclaimed mixtape, “The Luca Brasi Story”. A tale of love, struggle and the overcoming of odds. At the requests of the fans, Gates will release an EP on April 9th and will include hit records like “Arms of a Stranger” and “Neon Lights” to name a few. Kevin will also be hitting several stages during the upcoming SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Scheduled to take the stage with New Orleans rapper, Master P, Kevin will receive the vetting from the legend, providing the stamp of approval few artist receive from their predecessors. Performance dates can be found on Kevin’s site: www.kvngates.com.
While none are strangers to the story of survival and overcoming hardships that many rappers share. Kevin’s is unlike many heard before. It’s a tale of struggle, pain and the love that can survive in the midst of it all. Kevin Gates is a strong tower. And his music shows it.