Thanks to Dreka Gates, we’ve been blessed with "By Any Means 2."
Louisiana rapper Kevin Gates is currently sitting in a Chicago prison, serving 30 more months in jail due to gun possession charges.
The last project Gates dropped was Murder for Hire 2 back in May of 2016. Despite being behind bars, the rapper has still been able to give his fans with music, thanks in part to his wife and business partner Dreka Gates. She vowed to put the project together while her husband was in prison. She took to Twitter and divulged how she felt about the responsibility of putting By Any Means 2 together while maintaining Kevin Gate's artistic integrity.
BTW working on Kevin's new project right now 😬and I'm not going to lie, I'm nervous as F b/c I'm not getting any input from him 😩 & he's (1)— Dreka Gates (@realdrekagates) July 11, 2017
(2) fully entrusted me w/everything so there's a lot of pressure! I respect real artists and their artistry and to be making ALL of the— Dreka Gates (@realdrekagates) July 11, 2017
By Any Means boasted no features, the sequel continues in that same vein, containing only one feature from PnB Rock on the R&B-leaning “Beautiful Scars,” which he dropped last week. The 14-song project also includes previously-released singles like "No Love" and "What If.”
Before the announcement of his new mixtape, Gates released a music video for “What If” as an open letter to his fans. The letter read, "Dear loyal family, Disallow yourselves to be troubled in my time of absence. All of the great ones who came before and will come after me: Have had to go through this. by this I am speaking in reference to hardship. A great person is measured by all of the great test they can undergo and still remain to to who they are. What that being said, I'm home. I love you all. In closing I remain the same. Forever, Kevin Gates.”
Gates spits introspective wisdom and poetic imagery that keeps the listener hooked on each verse. Each track weaves into the next to create a cohesive story. While there have been no announcements of any more releases, Gates isn’t up for parole until June 2018, so hopefully By Any Means 2 will tide you over until then.
Take a look at Gates' most introspective lyrics on By Any Means 2 below.