Kevin Gates is ultimately known as a rapper who mainly raps about his experiences in life. Born and raised in the streets, Kevin claims to have seen it all. His fans who mainly consist of young black Americans appreciate his style of singing; saying he relates to the street life and his music has taught them survival. Although he has been on and off the prison walls, he has made quite a remarkable career for himself releasing songs that have reached the top of the US songs charts.
Kevin Gates’ Bio
Kevin Gates was born February 5, 1986, as Kevin Jerome Gilyard. He has a mixture of Puerto-Rican and Black American ancestry. His mother’s name is Martha Gates (nee Green). After his birth in Louisiana, his family moved to Baton Rouge. At the age of 13, Kevin visited jail for the first for driving dangerously on the road (this form of driving is similar to that of criminals). He recalls that the unpleasant experience changed his life forever. He has been on and off jail ever since. However, he fell in love with Rap music at 14 and began doing all he could to become a performing artist. He briefly attended college and while in school, Kevin was a very bright student who never had bad grades. But in pursuit of a musical career, he started missing classes and his grades began to drop. He applied his artistic and intelligent mind and began writing and making music at home.
In 2003, he was arrested for fighting and stabbing his opponent in front of a film theater and served his term in jail. In 2005, he was signed to Dead Game Records and released his first song in 2007. By 2008, he would back in jail again and this time, he served 2 years and seven months on account of illegal possession of weapons. According to him, his time in jail made him more reflective and he even got a masters degree in psychology from jail and was released before the end of his term on account of his good behavior. After he returned, he was signed to Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment but suddenly left to start his own label; Bread Winners Association with his wife. In 2015, he was found guilty of kicking a female fan in the chest at a show in Lakeland, Florida and was sentenced to serve for 1 year and 6 months in jail, he was released on January 10, 2018, on parole.
Kevin Gates growing up in a place where street fighting and battery is a lifestyle, has gone to jail multiple times, at the same time, he has managed to make a career for himself. He is worth lots of D-bills (if you get the gist). Kevin has risen to become the real deal in the rap nation. His first album, “Pick Up Da Litter” was released in 2007, he released his second album in 2008 before he was convicted of a crime and spent 18 months in jail. He has worked with other artists such as Lil Wayne, Rico Love, Lil Bibby, Chris Brown, Plies, and Starlito, just to mention a few.
After returning from his jail term, Kevin released a mixtape (15 songs) which had popular hits and they ranked the hip-hop chart include Luca Brasi 2, Murder For Hire, and “Stranger Than Fiction. His jail terms slightly affected the sales of his albums but it has increased his fan base making his net worth rise by higher percentage annually. Other hits songs include Perfect Imperfection, Wish I Had It, Out In The Mud, Arm & Hammer, Paper Chasers, Pour In The Syrup, Posed To Be Love, I Don’t Get Tired, Satellite and Islah.
Islah is a song inspired by his love for his daughter and the song was ranked second on the charts. Kevin Gates is currently worth between $1 to $1.5 million.
Wife, Kids, Girlfriend
Kevin Gates does not have a record of dating too many girls. He keeps his personal life really personal but he confessed to dating a girl who turned out to be his cousin. According to him, he had never seen her while growing up, besides he has so many cousins and he knew them all except this particular one. He said upon the discovery of their blood relationship, they ended things between them but Kevin admits to having sex with her for two years because he didn’t feel he was wrong or needed to be ashamed.
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He is married to Dreka Gates (nee Shadreka Centuri Haynes) and she was his girlfriend for a really long time. Their love story is nothing like that of Cinderella and her Prince. Kevin and his wife began when things were not so good for either of them. Dreka met Kevin when she was in high school and according to her, life was good for her at the time. She had everything she wanted because her parents were financially stable. She was to study medicine and become a doctor but suddenly realized she had a passion for fashion so she dropped out and knew she needed to support herself knowing her parents were not in support of her decision.
Dreka worked as a real estate’s agent and as Kevin’s manager. Being an intelligent lady, she read a lot of books and gained knowledge in her area of specialization and in October 2015, the pair got married. Dreka over the years has contributed to her husband’s career. She is his manager and co-founder of Bread Winner Record Label. During their startup, Dreka says it was challenging for them, they had no big godfather in the industry or anyone to support and lend them a helping hand so they had to start from the scratch. She so often recounts how she would go to clubs and tip off the DJ’s to play Kevin’s songs.
Over the years, she has successfully managed her husband business in addition to having an active workout life and mother of his children. Kevin never fails to let the world know that she is the queen of his heart. He does so in his songs, in public for all his fans to see and even persuades her to appear in his music videos even though she likes staying behind the scenes. Their relationship is a goal to their fans and when asked what would be her advice for a long-lasting relationship, Dreka’s reply was to never force people to change but to let them be themselves. The second, she said is to always be supportive.
The success story of Kevin Gates cannot be complete without the mention of Dreka. She successfully released most of his hits while he was still in jail. The couple has been together despite Kevin’s controversial personality. They made it on the walk to fame despite all the odds and are the envy of and also a model to many. They have had two lovely kids together – Khaza Kamil and Islah Koren. Kevin has claimed in an interview with Marc Milecofsky’s Complex, a New York-based bi-monthly magazine in 2013 that he had other kids from outside his marriage but intends to keep their life and identity away for the public.
Kevin Gates is 6ft 2in tall. Extravagant spending on jewellery, houses, and cars is one special feature all rap artists share in common, from Lil Wayne’s diamond teeth, expensive jewellery and tattoos to Drake who constructed himself an expensive shower experience as he calls it. His shower experience has a lighting system with different shining colors and dispensing different scent from lavender to rose, to vanilla according to his mood.
The Game is all over the social media parading his diamond-studded remote control car and Kevin, who is a lover of cars too, has his own diamond teeth and tattoos. They all spend ridiculously, while one may never know why they all do this, we all know they work hard and deserve it.