Kevin Jerome Gilyard who is popularly known as Kevin Gates is an American singer, rapper and business man. He came to prominence for his debut studio album, Islah, while being signed to Bread Winners’ Association with a partnership with Atlantic records.
Kevin also boast of numerous mixtapes releases such as; By Any Means, Stranger By Fiction and so on.
He also has three albums to his credit which include; Islah, I’m Him and Khaza. The album “Islah” was described by Inverse as “Best Album of 2016 so far”.
|Real Name:||Kevin Jerome Gilyard|
|Date of Birth:||February 5, 1986|
|Birth Place:||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S|
|Record Label:||Atlantic. Bread Winners. Dead Game.|
|Spouse:||Dreka Gates (m. 2015)|
|Children:||Khaza Kamil Gates, Islah Koren Gates|
|Height:||6 feet 2 in|
Kevin Gates was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States on February 5, 1986 to parents; mother from Puerto Rico and his father, an African American.
Gates is of mixed ethnicity; of Moroccan and Puerto Rican descent. He lost contact with his father at a very tender age but reconnected back with him as a teenager. His family relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana before they later settle down in Baton Rouge.
However, his father passed away when he was 14 years of age.
He went to Baton Rouge Community College for his high school education.
Gates began music with much influences from music stars such as Nas, Eminem and Jay Z.
He started singing professionally in 2007 while being signed with Dead Game Records. He collaborated with Boosie Badazz and Webbie on his first mixtape, Pick of Da Litter which was released in 2007. They also released another mixtape All or Nuthin in 2008.
He went to the prison and came back with more music releases. He released the mixtape, Make ‘Em Believe in 2012. His talent also attracted Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment record label. He was not signed to the record label but rather signed to the mangement wing of the label.
Gates released the mixtape, The Luca Brasi story through Bread Winners’ Association record label. He layer signed to Atlantic records and released his first major label mixtape, Stranger than fiction in July 2013 and on March 18, 2014, he came through with a star studded mixtape titled “By Any Means” while featuring the likes of 2 Chainz, Rico Love and Plies.
He continued to thrill with numerous releases. His single “I Don’t get tired” became his first song to make the US Billboard Hot 100 and his first song to be certified Gold.
He released the mixtape, Murder for Hire in May 2015 and followed up with the song “Kno One” in July 2015, which is said to be one of the track off his debut album, Islah.
Gates eventually released his debut studio album, Islah on January 29, 2016 with guest appearances from Ty Dolla Sign, Trey Songz, and Jamie Foxx. The album also had positive reviews with Inverse describing it as the “Best Album of 2016 So Far”.
He released the EP, Chained to the City in May 2018 and followed up with another extended project, Only the Generals Gon Understand, on May 31, 2019.
He released “Only the Generals, Pt. II” as his first project of 2021 and later came through with an album titled “Khaza”.
- I Don’t Get Tired
- Find You Again
- Really Really
- In God I Trust
- Me Too
- Push It
- Fly Again
- Fatal Attraction
- Imagine That
- Let It Sing
Kevin Gates got married to Dreka Haynes in October 2015 and their union is blessed with two children, Islah and Khaza Gates.
Gates also revealed in an interview with Complex that he had children from other women.
He is also practicing Muslim with his wife and they went to Mecca for Hajj in September 2016.
Kevin Gates is a singer who earns from his music releases and performing at events and shows. He has an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Patrick Mahomes is active on the social media platforms with over 9 million followers on Instagram @iamkevingates and One million followers on twitter @iamkevingates
Below are some frequently asked questions about Kevin Gates:
Kevin Gates is an American singer, songwriter and entrepreneur.
Kevin Gates was born on February 5, 1986.
Kevin Gates stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches.
Kevin Gates is married to Dreka Hynes.
Dreka Gates is her husband’s booking manager and also the co-founder of Bread Winners Association, a record label which was founded by both Kevin and Dreka in 2010.
Kevin Gates is of Moroccan and Puerto Rican ethnicity.
Kevin Gates has an estimated net worth of $1,000,000.