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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 29, 2016 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

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If Kevin Gates' debut album seems wiser and more confident -- not cocky, but confident -- than the competition, consider that the 2 Pac-styled, serious rapper began dropping his mixtapes back in 2007. His Luca Brasi series is revered and crucial while his aboveground mixtapes Stranger Than Fiction and By Any Means felt official, with hooky thug tracks meeting genre-expanding experiments. Islah is no different, it's just built like an official album and meant to last. Check the excellent singles "Kno One," "Really Really," and "La Familia" for some easy persuasion, and then know that the album is devoid of superstar appearances because the captivating Gates doesn't need them. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 27, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 31, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 28, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - 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.
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 15, 2014 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 6, 2015 | Bread Winners Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 29, 2016 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

If Kevin Gates' debut album seems wiser and more confident -- not cocky, but confident -- than the competition, consider that the 2 Pac-styled, serious rapper began dropping his mixtapes back in 2007. His Luca Brasi series is revered and crucial while his aboveground mixtapes Stranger Than Fiction and By Any Means felt official, with hooky thug tracks meeting genre-expanding experiments. Islah is no different, it's just built like an official album and meant to last. Check the excellent singles "Kno One," "Really Really," and "La Familia" for some easy persuasion, and then know that the album is devoid of superstar appearances because the captivating Gates doesn't need them. ~ David Jeffries
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 17, 2014 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 28, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 28, 2016 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 22, 2017 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

Baton Rouge MC Kevin Gates released the sequel to his well-received 2014 mixtape, By Any Means, in September of 2017, soon after he began a lengthy prison sentence for felony gun possession. The release was compiled by Dreka Gates, Kevin's wife and manager, and ranges from his more accessible, melodic material (such as the Joan Osborne-riffing single "What If") to harrowing street tales to sax-themed slow jams. The mixtape's only guest is PnB Rock, who appears on "Beautiful Scars." By Any Means 2 was released in September of 2017 and hit the Top 100 of the Billboard 200 album chart.
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 25, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released October 9, 2015 | Bread Winners Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 22, 2017 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 16, 2013 | Bread Winners' Association - Atlantic

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 16, 2018 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 24, 2019 | Bread Winners' Association

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released December 20, 2018 | Bread Winners' Association

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