I've always watched Kevin Gates with wonder. I've consumed his music religiously, ever since I heard the tumbling and urgent piano keys that ring off "4 Legs and a Biscuit," one of the singles that led into Gates' critically-acclaimed Stranger Than Fiction project in 2013. It was around this time that Kevin Gates was moving from local treasure to national one, culminating in the release of his chart-storming major label debut, Islah.

Kevin Gates is hard to pigeon hole, which is part of the reason why he's so enigmatic. Sure, he shares some harrowing street tales, had a past life as a drug dealer, went to jail-- we've heard these stories in hip-hop before. However, the way in which Kevin Gates approaches both his music and his public persona is so distinct, he's managed to quickly lay a blueprint for the current generation of artists clamouring out of street life and into rap music: NBA Youngboy, Moneybagg Yo, Polo G, and the list goes on. Whether it's his raw and unwavering sense of emotion, his clear desire to improve himself-- mentally, spiritually, and lastly, as we'll discuss in the cover story, physically-- or the simple fact that he's a "gangster" rapper who actually enjoys conversations, Gates, is, in a word, different.

He's also indifferent. But let's save that for the cover story. Click below to check it out. 

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Words By: Rose Lilah 

Photos By: Emilio Sanchez 

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