Kevin Gates is ultimately known as a rapper who raps mainly about his life experiences. Born and raised on the street, Kevin claims to have seen it all. His fans, who are mostly young black Americans, appreciate his singing style; he says that he refers to street life and that his music taught them how to survive. Although he has been on and off the prison walls, he has made a remarkable career for himself and has released songs that have reached the top of the US song charts.
Kevin Gates’ Bio
Kevin Gates was born on 5 February 1986 as Kevin Jerome Gilyard. He has a mixture of Puerto Rican and Black American descent. His mother’s name is Martha Gates (née Green). After his birth in Louisiana, his family moved to Baton Rouge. At the age of 13, Kevin was first sent to prison for driving dangerously on the road (this form of driving is similar to that of criminals). He remembers that this unpleasant experience changed his life forever. Since then, he has been in and out of prison again and again. However, at the age of 14, he fell in love with rap music and began to do everything he could to become a performing artist. He attended college for a short time, and during his school years, Kevin was a very bright student who never had bad grades. But in pursuit of a musical career, he began to miss classes and his grades began to drop. He used his artistic and intelligent mind and started writing and making music at home.
In 2003 he was arrested for fighting in front of a movie theatre and stabbing his opponent and served his sentence in prison. In 2005 he was signed to Dead Game Records and released his first song in 2007. In 2008 he was supposed to return to prison, and this time he served 2 years and 7 months for illegal possession of a gun. According to him, his time in prison made him more thoughtful, and he even earned a master’s degree in psychology from prison and was released before the end of his term for his good behavior. After his return, he was signed to Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment, but suddenly left it to start his label: the Bread Winners Association with his wife. In 2015, he was found guilty of kicking a female fan in the chest at a show in Lakeland, Florida, and was sentenced to one year and six months in prison; on January 10, 2018, he was released on probation.
Kevin Gates grew up in an area where street fighting and assault are part of the lifestyle. He went to prison several times and managed to make a career at the same time. He is worth many D- bills (if you understand the basics). Kevin has risen to the Real Deal in the Rap Nation. His first album “Pick Up Da Litter” was released in 2007, his second album was released in 2008 before he was convicted of a crime and spent 18 months in prison. He has worked with other artists such as Lil Wayne, Rico Love, Lil Bibby, Chris Brown, Plies and Starlito, to name a few.
Upon his return from prison, Kevin released a mixtape (15 songs) that had popular hits and placed in the hip-hop charts including Luca Brasi 2, Murder For Hire and “Stranger Than Fiction”. His time in prison had a slight effect on the sale of his albums, but this has increased his fan base, which has resulted in his net worth increase by a higher percentage each year. Other hits include Perfect Imperfection, Wish I Had It, Out In The Mud, Arm & Hammer, Paper Chasers, Pour In The Syrup, Posed To Be Love, I Don’t Get Tired, Satellite and Islah.
Islah is a song inspired by his love for his daughter, and the song reached number 2 in the charts. Kevin Gates is currently worth between 1 and 1.5 million dollars.
Wife, Kids, Girlfriend
Kevin Gates has no record of going out with too many girls. He keeps his private life personal, but he confessed to dating a girl who turned out to be his cousin. According to him, he had never seen her during his childhood, besides he has so many cousins and he knew all of them except this one. He said that after they discovered their blood relation they ended things between them, but Kevin admits to having had sex with her for two years because he didn’t feel that he was wrong or ashamed.
He is married to Dreka Gates (née Shadreka Centuri Haynes) and she was his girlfriend for a long time. Their love story is not comparable to that of Cinderella and her prince. Kevin and his wife began when things were not going so well for either of them. Dreka met Kevin when she was in high school, and according to her, life was good for her at that time. She had everything she wanted because her parents were financially stable. She was going to study medicine and become a doctor, but suddenly she realized she had a passion for fashion, so she dropped out of school and knew she had to make a living because her parents didn’t support her decision.
Dreka worked as a real estate agent and as Kevin’s manager. As an intelligent lady, she read many books and acquired knowledge in her field, and in October 2015 the couple married. Dreka has contributed to her husband’s career over the years. She is his manager and co-founder of Bread Winner Record Label. In the early days, Dreka says, it was a challenge for them because they didn’t have a great sponsor in the industry or someone to support them and give them a helping hand, so they had to start from scratch. She tells so many times how she went to the clubs and tipped the DJs to play Kevin’s songs.
Over the years, in addition to an active training life and the mother of his children, she has also successfully managed her husband’s business. Kevin never fails to let the world know that she is the queen of his heart. He does this in his songs, in public so that all his fans can see her, and he even convinces her to appear in his music videos, although she likes to stay behind the scenes. Her relationship is a goal for her fans, and when asked what her advice would be for a long-lasting relationship, Dreka replied that she would never force people to change, but should let them be themselves. The second piece of advice, she said, was to always be supportive.
Kevin Gates’ success story cannot be complete without mentioning Dreka. She successfully released most of his hits while he was still in prison. The couple was together despite Kevin’s controversial personality. They made it on their way to fame despite all adversities and are the envy and also a role model for many. They had two lovely children together – Khaza Kamil and Islah Koren. Kevin claimed in an interview with Marc Milecofsky’s Complex, a bimonthly magazine based in New York in 2013, that he had had other children from outside his marriage, but intended to keep their lives and identity out of the public eye.
Kevin Gates is 6’2″. Extravagant spending on jewelry, houses, and cars is a feature common to all rap artists, from Lil Wayne’s diamond teeth, expensive jewelry and tattoos to Drake, who has constructed what he calls an expensive shower experience for himself. His shower experience has a lighting system with different bright colors that emit different scents from lavender to rose to vanilla depending on your mood.
All over the social media, his diamond-studded remote control car is being shown, and Kevin, who is also a car lover, has his diamond teeth and tattoos. They all spend ridiculous amounts of money, even though you may never know why they do it, but we all know they work hard and deserve it.