Kevin Gates Bio, Facts, Early Life, Career, Personal Life and Net Worth

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Kevin Gates is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur.

This article will tell you about his bio, quick facts, childhood, early life, career, personal life, and net worth.

Quick Facts

Full Name Kevin Jerome Gilyard
Nationality American
Famous for Rapper
Date of Birth February 05, 1986 AD
Age 35 Years (as of 2021)
Zodiac sign Aquarius
Birthplace New Orleans, US
Height 1.88m
Spouse Dreka Haynes
Net Worth $2 million (estimated in 2021)

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Kevin Jerome Gilyard is an American singer, rapper, and businessman. He is better known by his stage name Kevin Gates. He is best known for his popular and successful studio album “Reform” which was released in 2016, and also for his mixed songs such as “Stranger than Fiction” and “By Any Means”. Having released numerous singles and mixed songs throughout his career, he can be considered one of the most successful contemporary singers in America. Gates began his career in 2005 after signing with Dead Game Records, a local company, and rose to fame in the late 2000s, alongside Webster Gradney rappers.

They released their first mixtape together, “Pack of Da Litter” in 2007. In 2008, they released “All or Nuthin.” Gates is known primarily for the autobiographical themes of his songs. He became very popular after the release of “The Reform,” his first studio album. He has listed famous artists like Eminem and Jay-Z as his influences. Besides his music success, Kevin Gates also has a dark side and has been in and out of jail several times. He sparked controversy after he kicked a fan in 2015 during a stage show.


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Kevin Gates began his career in 2005 after signing with Dead Game Records, a local brand. Collaboration with Torrence Hatch, (now known as Boosie Badazz), and Webster Gradney Jr. (Also known as Webbie). The three together released their mixed tape “Pack of Da Littler” in 2007. Their second tape, “All or Nuthin”, appeared in 2008. Unfortunately, Gates had problems with the law and had to spend more than two years in prison. During this time, he continued his studies and obtained a master’s degree in psychology through an educational program in prison. He started working on his music after he released from jail. He launched the mixed tape “Make Em Believe,” which was a moderate success. In 2014, the mixed tape was released “By Any Medium”. Released by the Bread Winners Association brand and distributed by Atlantic Records.

It had the singles “Don’t Know,” “It was Positioned to Be in Love” and “Amnesia,” and sold a total of 17,000 copies in the US. Most of them received positive reviews. Within ten months, it had sold more than 83,000 copies in the US Among the many mixtapes he released in the following years, “Murder for Hire 2” was in 2016. It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and was a huge hit, and sold 20,000 copies in its first week. It included the songs “The Prayer,” “Great Example,” and “Click Mouse.” Their first studio album, “Islah”, was released in January 2016. A huge success, it debuted at # 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 93,000 copies in the US during the first week. It also peaked at # 16 on the Canadian Albums Chart.

Personal Life:

Kevin Gates and his wife Dreka Haynes

Kevin Gates was born on the 5th of February 1986 in New Orleans, United States. He had a keen interest in music from a young age and started rap music at the age of 14. He married his old girlfriend Dreka Haynes in 2015. The couple has two children, a son and a daughter, named Khuza and Islah, respectively. The couple converted to Islam in the year 2016. They have been involved in many controversies over the years on various occasions. He got a lot of negative publicity for confessing to having sex with his cousin and kicking a woman in the chest during a show in 2015. In June 2017, he served a 30-month prison sentence.

Net Worth:

Kevin Gates has an estimated net worth of almost $2 million (estimated in 2021).


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