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Rap - Released September 27, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association
For some strange reason, Kevin Gates rarely appears on the shortlist of today’s most important rappers. However, the Louisiana native who started out with local legends Lil Boosie and Weebie in the mid-2000s is one of the most gifted and regular rappers out there. The ex-prodigy, who was promised a great career under the Young Money banner (having caught Lil Wayne and Birdman’s attention), instead took the plunge and made a name for himself with an impressive series of self-produced mixtapes. He received critical acclaim in 2013 with The Luca Brasi Story, a string of sensitive street-rap hymns rapped and sung to perfection. Following his next mixtape, Stranger Than Fiction, the major record label Atlantic bet on Gates but it wasn’t until 2016 that he saw huge success with Islah, his first official album carried by two huge hits (2 Phones and Really Really).On I’m Him, the Baton Rouge rapper reveals his most masterful vocal acrobatics and his best sung refrains. Not taking any downtime, and remaining alone at the mic on all seventeen short tracks, Kevin Gates sits his competitors down for a lesson in rap and gives his listeners countless reasons to admire to his vocal prowess, fluctuating speeds and incomparable hooks (particularly on Push It). The energy is contagious, the flow never runs dry and Gates has a knack for choosing great beats (like on the stomping, lugubrious track What I Like). To be consumed on top volume. © Damien Besançon/Qobuz
Rap - Released September 28, 2018 | Bread Winners' Association
More momentous than its title implies, Luca Brasi 3 is Kevin Gates' first full-length project since he was granted release from prison. Another commercial mixtape from Gates, it certainly distinguishes itself from the first two Luca Brasi volumes -- and everything else the rapper has released -- with rhymes inspired by his incarceration, whether he's referring to the strain it put on his marriage or the respect of his fellow inmates. There's less emphasis here on hooks than on the verses -- a perhaps inevitable development, given the circumstances. Gates has always tended to keep featured appearances to a minimum, but here, he operates strictly in solitude.