Kevin Gates is one of the hardest dudes in the industry. While the authenticity of certain rappers remains questionable in terms of their ties to the streets, when Gates rhymes, he’s simply believable. Something about his cadence and character seems to echo that he’s speaking truth in all of his songs and it’s that quality that has kept his fans heading back despite several run-ins with the law. While we waited for months to find out why Gates was being so silent on social media in the months following his release from prison, his wife finally cleared up the strict travel restrictions imposed on him. In his first vlog since becoming free, Kevin covered a lot of ground, speaking some motivational wisdom, sharing his studio thoughts and documenting his first performance back.

When Kevin Gates was announced for a performance in California as part of the BET Experience 2018, fans were excited to see him for the first time since his release from prison. Of course, Gates was excited to perform the show as well, detailing his process before and after the show for his supporters to view. Making his return vlog an exclusive for Worldstar on YouTube, Gates can be seen getting a fresh line-up, praying, rehearsing and filming a video with Gucci Mane.

With Chained To The City out now, Gates is working on his next project. Check out his first vlog since being released from prison below.