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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kevin Gates

He is known primarily for his confessional anthems that blend often autobiographical lyrics with refined Southern beats, Kevin Gates was born Marcellus Kevin Gates on 5th February 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Master’s Degree in Psychology through a prison program in 2011. In May 2014, he was named a member of XXL’s Freshmen Class. His debut studio album “Islah” was released in January 2016 and peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart. There is no doubt that the 30-years-old American rapper, entrepreneur and singer from Louisiana is definitely a name to be reckon with in the music industry.

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Louisiana entrepreneur and rapper, Kevin Gates:

1. Kevin Gates was born Marcellus Kevin Gates on 5th February 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

2. He had a tumultuous upbringing and was arrested for the first time in 1999 at the age of 13 for “joyriding” as a passenger.

3. He completed his secondary education at Baton Rouge Community College.

4. He is currently signed to Atlantic Records along with his own record label, Bread Winners’ Association.

5. He spent 31 months in prison between 2008 and 2011, during this time; he earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology through a prison program.

6. In May 2014, he was named a member of XXL’s Freshmen Class.

7. In August 2014, he announced the creation of a new energy drink called “I Don’t Get Tired”. He also later released a single with the same title featuring August Alsina, which became his first song to make the US Billboard Hot 100.

8. In October 2015, he married his long time girlfriend, Dreka Haynes and they share two beautiful children together.

9. His debut studio album “Islah” was released in January 2016 and peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.

10. He mentioned artists like Nas, Biggie Smallz, Tupac Shakur and Jay Z as his musical influences.

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