On 5 February 1986 in New Orleans, Kevin Gates was born and given the name Kevin Jerome Gilyard. He is a rapper, singer and entrepreneur whose numerous mixtapes all made it to the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart. His net worth is estimated at $1 million, all of which comes from his music.
Kevin Gates Music Career
Kevin’s wife, Dreka faithfully took Kevin’s demo tapes to night clubs and convince the DJs to play them. In this way, Dreka played a huge role in helping Kevin realize his dream of becoming a professional singer.
In 2005, Kevin signed to the Dead Games Records label who released his debut album Pack of Da Litter in 2007, when Kevin was only 21 years. Kevin’s music career got another push when he signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment music label.
2015 saw Kevin release his first studio album, Islah, which is also the name of his first daughter. This was Kevin’s way of celebrating the birth of his daughter. Kevin’s songs have an autobiographical theme, a quality that makes them highly appealing to his audience.
All the mixtapes that Kevin has released, which include Stranger Than Fiction, By Any Means and Luca Brasi 2 have been a great success, hitting the Billboard 200 chart within the top 40 places.
Kevin Gates Early Life and Family
Kevin’s parents divorced when Kevin was young and he was brought up by his grandparents while his mother was out trying to make a living. He has a younger brother, Brandon and a younger sister. Kevin was at Baton Rouge Community College briefly.
While in prison between the years 2008 and 2011, Kevin enrolled in the prison program and earned a Master’s Degree in psychology.
Kevin grew up surrounded by CDs and tapes which he would enjoy playing. That is how, as a child, he got to listen to rappers like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and Notorious B.I.G.
Kevin would watch the music videos and copy what he saw, pretending to be a rapper. He would then perform for his aunts and uncles during family gatherings. This is what helped Kevin recognize at an early age, what he was destined for.
Kevin Gates Marriage, Children and Divorce
Kevin and Dreka Haynes were in a romantic relationship for a number of years before they finally got married in October 2015. They have two children, Islah and Khaza. In a 2013 interview with Complex, Kevin hinted that he had other children with another woman but did not elaborate.
The couple’s married years have not all been a bed of roses. Kevin cheated on his wife on several occasions, but Dreka stayed on, hoping that their problems would make them stronger. Their rough patch is over and they are now comfortable in their marriage.
Kevin and his wife are both practicing Muslims and in September 2016, they travelled together to Mecca for Hajj.
Kevin Gates and the Law
Kevin and the law started crossing paths when Kevin was only 13 years. He was arrested for joyriding as a passenger in a stolen vehicle and jailed for a brief while.
Kevin had this to say about the way he was treated: “If they would’ve just pulled up to the jail, left me in the police car, never took me inside and just took me back home, I don’t think I’d ever have done anything else again. But what it did was-by me going into jail at such a young age-all it did was criminalize me in a sense. It kinda steered me in the wrong direction after getting there and settling in; it took the fear of jail away from me.”
I guess we will never know if that is true, but what we do know is that in 2015 he was charged with battery for kicking a fan during a performance in Lakeland, Florida and sentenced to 6 months in jail.
Kevin Gates and Social Media
Kevin has an active social media life. Under his Twitter handle, His Imperial Majesty, he has 8.3 million followers and 8.2 million following him on Instagram. Kevin has a lot of popular tweets such as “When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine”.
Kevin Gates Nationality and Ethnicity
Kevin Gates is an American citizen and is a US national. He is of African-American and Puerto Rican descent.
|Biography & Facts|
|Born:||5 February 1986|
|Ethnicity:||African-American& Puerto Rican|
|Net Worth:||$ 1 million|
|Eye Color:||Dark Brown|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in or 1.91m|
|Weight:||207 lbs or 94kg|
|Married to:||Dreka Haynes|
|Children:||2 (Khaza & Islah)|
|Education:||Baton Rouge Community College (1 semester)|