Kevin Gates has dropped two excellent projects this year. His new Murder for Hire 2 EP finds him channeling his inimitable street-bred fury, which, compared to other projects, wasn't a major focus on his debut album. Islah featured a few straight-up pop records, but longtime fans of Gates weren't too surprised at the album's remarkable accessibility, as his ear for melody and his penchant for crisp and dramatic hooks have been constantly improving over the past couple of years.
Believe In Me
Kevin Gates delivered one of the year's strongest rap releases earlier this year with Islah, but despite his continually impressive sales of the project he hasn't stopped working. Today, he's dropped Murder For Hire 2, a characteristically consistent collection of 8 new songs. "Believe In Me" is one of the many highlights, built around a hook just as gigantic as any of the pop-minded choruses on his major label debut. Naturally, he provides the full package, matching his pop instincts with some highly technical, confessional verses.
Cut It (Remix)
O.T. Genasis Feat. Young Thug & Kevin Gates
As he did with "CoCo," O.T. Genasis is throwing everything he's got behind "Cut It," and it's definitely working. After 9 weeks on the Hot 100 chart, the single has just reached its highest position at 43, and with plans to push a series of remixes for the record, it has the potential to go even further. Today, we've received the first of said remixes, recruiting Young Thug and Kevin Gates, which, for Southern audiences, you can't really do much better than.
Chris Brown Feat. Kevin Gates, Young Blacc & Young Lo
Chris Brown shared his new mixtape, Before The Trap: Nights In Tarzana, on Friday, putting together a selection of varied tracks with the members of his OHB crew. The project is all over the place, working with Atlanta-influenced trap sounds, acoustic guitars, as well as the more comfortable West Coast club records Chris has been doing a lot of lately. "Socialize" falls squarely in the last category, with Young Blacc and Young Lo supplying capable verses while Chris does his thing on the hook.
550 Madoff Feat. Kevin Gates
Atlanta trap rapper 550 Madoff has been making an impact on the rap game with booming tracks, and “Boss Shit” is no different. 550 also continues to snag significant features, this time getting Kevin Gates for a verse. “Boss Shit” featuring booming bass backing up a melody of synths and string samples, while 550 Madoff spits his rough edged vocals. Gates’ verse features his usual emotionally-tinged but raw rap style.
Type Of Girl
King Ko$a & Kevin Gates
Kevin Gates' major label debut, Islah, saw him dipping into R&B territory more than ever, and his new collaboration with King Ko$a continues in that tradition. Opening his verse with the line "50 Shades of Gates on the sofa," the rapper proves he's one of the rappers who can pull of full-on sex raps while still incorporating humor and not sounding awkward as hell.
Lil Kim Feat. Kevin Gates
After giving us a little warm-up record in her remix of Desiigner's "Panda" featuring Maino, Lil Kim is back this morning with the release of her single "#Mine" featuring Baton Rouge's own Kevin Gates. It actually feels a lot more like Kevin Gates featuring Lil Kim due to just how much he's featured-- he handles the wobbly hook as well as a long verse. Lil Kim plays off his flow, taking a cue from his oft-shaky melody, and gives us a fair amount of nasty lyrics; which is also one of Gates' forte. Will this record give Lil Kim's career a much-needed boost?
Killa Kyleon Feat. Kevin Gates
Houston's Killa Kyleon made his first appearance of the year last week with "The Grind," featuring the stacked lineup of Styles P, Freddie Gibbs, and Raheem DeVaughn. Today, Kyleon has dropped off his new album, Blessed to Raise Hell, and we've got another collab to highlight: "Ringing," which features Kevin Gates, who's hot off the success of his debut album, Islah.
Drop Em Off
Jayway Sosa Feat. Kevin Gates
Jayway Sosa is a rising rapper from Charlotte, NC, who is burning up the airwaves in North Carolina. We’re happy to introduce y’all to the talented emcee. He’s here to put his city firmly on the map with this banger of a track featuring Kevin Gates. Featuring a big hook and some great production centered around trap snares and a piano loop, “ Drop Em Off” is a great introduction for the NC emcee.
Derez De'Shon Feat. Kevin Gates
Kevin Gates just dropped his official debut album, Islah, last Friday, and its already shaping up to be a big seller. The Baton Rouge star hasn't slowed his output in the meantime, linking up with Derez De'Shon on his new track, "Emotionz" today. According to De'Shon, he met Gates in Atlanta, when he revealed that he was a big fan of Derez, suggesting that he was listening to nothing but him and Starlito at the time.
Time For That
For fans, there were a lot of questions surrounding the release of Kevin Gates' Islah, which dropped today. Would the album feature more of the morbid violence of the Luca Brasi saga, or would it find Gates exploring his pop-friendlier side, as heard on the lead single, "Kno One." The answer leans more toward the latter, but that's not to say there's any compromise whatsoever.
Kevin Gates Feat. Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign & Jamie Foxx
After numerous delays, Kevin Gates's album Islah will hit the digital streets on January 29th. Before that arrives a bonus track from the album has leaked: "Jam," featuring Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Jamie Foxx. With its sultry acoustic guitar riffs, "Jam" more closely resembles peak mid-'00s Usher than any of the tracks Gates has put out as of late. With Trigga Trey, Ty$, & Foxx setting the mood, Gates describes his sexual exploits in graphic detail. Hint: booty is involved.
All I Ever Wanted
BWA Ron Feat. Kevin Gates & Zuse
Kevin Gates is set to hit Europe later this week for a brief tour before he (finally) drops Islah on January 29. Before he takes flight across the Atlantic, he joins forces with his official DJ BWA Ron and Jamaica-Atlantan artist Zuse for a fresh banger called "All I Ever Wanted." The track will appear on Ron's upcoming compilation mixtape #FuckYoDJ. Gates straight up murders the first verse, a tough act to follow for young Zuse.
T-Rell Feat. Kevin Gates
T-Rell is coming into 2016 strong with his new release “Paid” featuring the prolific Kevin Gates. It follows up another big name feature on this last song with Boosie Badazz.
Wiz Khalifa Feat. Kevin Gates
Yesterday Wiz Khalifa appeased fans with a quick rollout of Cabin Fever 3. The mixtape isn't lacking in features or notable producers, with Curren$y, King Los, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, K Camp, Yo Gotti and more making their appearance through out the 11 records. One of the more surprising, but really dope, collaborations came in the form of the Sonny Digital-produced "Move On." Wiz creates a melodic, catchy hook over Sonny's plucking production, littered with string sounds and bursts of bass. Gates provides his usual no-fucks-given raps.
Even though were still months away, Kevin Gates continues to roll out new music in support of his upcoming album Islah, which is named after his daughter. Earlier this month, he dropped off the single “Really Really,” and now tonight he’s back with another offering from the project titled “2 Phones.”
Kevin Gates debut album, Islah, is one of our most anticipated releases for the rest of 2015. Most of his past mixtapes have been album quality, so we can't wait to see what he's got in store for the album. He's just dropped the album's latest single, "Really Really," which follows the recent releases "Tattoo Session" and "The Truth."
While She Talkin' (Remix)
BreadWinner Kane Feat. Kevin Gates
Kevin Gates is steadily building his own Breadwinners crew and label, and it's about time we meet one of its rising stars, who happens to be Kevin's brother -- the name: BreadWinner Kane. Kane is also affiliated with Zaytoven's new imprint, Zaytown, and he's gotten Zay to produce his new track, "While She Talkin'." Now, you can hear both Gates bros together on the "While She Talkin'" remix.
Kevin Gates is currently prepping a new album, named after his child, Islah. The album is still a minute away, it's only dropping on December 11th. Giving fans such a far away release date has become an increasingly-rare roll out method, we'll have to see how it works for Gates.
Propain Feat. Kevin Gates
Propain is quickly making a name for himself out of Houston. He's been vetted by the OGs -- you may have heard him with Slim Thug on "All I Know" or, more recently, with Paul Wall on "Hold It Diine for My City," off Wall's new album Slab God.