Kevin Gates is quite possibly one of the most talented and prolific rappers to rise in recent times, both because of his rampant legal troubles and his outspoken and controversial persona. The Baton Rouge MC has literally spent time in and out of jail since 2008, but has also managed to release several critically acclaimed mixtapes during that same time period including Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means, and Luca Brasi, all of which peaked within the top 40 of the Billboard 200 chart.

And though Kevin Gates was breaking into the industry during the early 2000's alongside Louisiana legends Lil Boosie and Webbie, he didn't tryly break through and assume his status as rap superstar until 2016 when his debut album Islah peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. And though his current incarceration has somewhat slowed his progression forward, Kevin Gates still somehow has a torrential wave of hype behind him and it's likely because of the heavy discography of hits he has to hold his fans over during the wait for his return.

Peep these 10 essentials from Kevin Gates to help you keep your eyes peeled wide open for his next imminent moves.