Kevin Gates

Kevin Gates Returns With More Heat on ‘Murder for Hire 2′ Mini-Mixtape

Before finding commercial success with his debut album Islah, Kevin Gates was also known for his tremendous, inexhaustible work ethic. That hasn't died out; the Louisiana rapper…
Brian Josephs / May 27, 2016

Kevin Gates Performs Two Songs on ‘Conan’

Not a lot of rappers can fill a whole late-night stage on their lonesome, but Kevin Gates is certainly one of them. The breakout MC…
Andrew Unterberger / May 10, 2016

Lil’ Kim Marks Kevin Gates as ‘#Mine’ on Her New Single

Just days after releasing a swaggering remix of Desiigner's slick, Future-lite "Panda," Lil' Kim's back with her own single. "#Mine" (yes, the hashtag is included)…
Brennan Carley / February 18, 2016

Watch Kevin Gates’ Heartbreaking New Video for ‘Pride’

Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has shared the video for "Pride," the latest from his new album, Islah. Gates stars alongside wife Dreka Gates as a loving couple…
Anna Gaca / February 10, 2016

Review: Kevin Gates Needs No Assists to Fuse His Yin and Yang on ‘Islah’

Way back on the intro to his 2012 mixtape Make ‘Em Believe, Kevin Gates boasted, "I got more than one major willing to sign me."
Renato Pagnani / January 25, 2016

Kevin Gates: The Day They Make Me a Boss

It’s a couple of days after New Years and Kevin Gates and I are on the seventh floor of the Beverly Center mall in Los…
Drew Millard / January 21, 2016

Some Guy Crashed the People’s Choice Awards to Shout Out Kevin Gates and Kanye West

Last night a random guy crashed the People's Choice Awards stage to interrupt the cast of CBS' The Talk while they accepted the award for…
Dan Weiss / January 7, 2016

Rap Songs of the Week: Jay Z and Jay Electronica Jack Soulja Boy’s ‘We Made It’ to Zing Drake

Black Knights, "Deja Vu"Black Knights are a Wu-Tang-affiliated duo (though who isn't some sort of Wu-Tang affiliate, really) consisting of MCs Rugged Monk and Crisis,…
Brandon Soderberg / March 27, 2014

10 Albums to Stream: Future Islands, Liars, the Hold Steady, and More

Future Islands, Liars, the Hold Steady, and Tokyo Police Club all have new albums on the way and guess what? They're all streaming online right…
Cynthia Orgel / March 19, 2014

Rap Songs of the Week: Kendrick Lamar and YG Hootie for President(s)

Big Baby Gandhi, "Boomerang"A bit like Earl Sweatshirt's "Chum," what with the never-getting-off-the-ground chord organ beat and the regular-dude pathos and all. And that Earl…
Brandon Soderberg / December 6, 2013

Rap Songs of the Week: Drake’s Whitney Houston Whirl ‘Tuscan Leather’

2$ Fabo "How The Fuck Did I Get Here"Spaced-out snap-rap legend Fabo (now going by 2$ Fabo, for some weird reason), who recently came back…
Brandon Soderberg / September 27, 2013

Review: Kevin Gates, ‘Stranger Than Fiction’

Kevin Gates' sprawling February mixtape The Luca Brasi Story ended with "IHOP (True Story)," an Iceberg Slim-style storytelling rap about how even a meal at…
Brandon Soderberg / July 22, 2013

Rap Songs of the Week: Jay-Z Resigns Himself to the Reality of Miley Cyrus Twerking

Jay-Z "Somewhereinamerica"This track has the hoppity-hop-honk horns of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" and the polite piano-plink-plonk of Kanye West's Adam Levine of Maroon 5 collaboration "Heard 'Em…
Brandon Soderberg / July 11, 2013

No Trivia’s Rap Songs of the Week: 2 Chainz Rides That Daft Punk ‘Get Lucky’ Wave

2 Chainz, feat. Pharrell "Feds Watching"Here's how a hip-hop hit comes about in 2013. 2 Chainz, ubiquitous rapper, puts out a new single with a…
Brandon Soderberg / June 6, 2013

See Kevin Gates Unravel Hood Horror Stories in ‘IDGAF’ Video

Based upon the strength of his latest mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story, unsung Young Money-Cash Money rapper Kevin Gates not only became one of SPIN's Best…
Chris Martins / April 9, 2013

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Rating Gucci Mane’s ‘Spring Breakers’ Performance, Chief Keef is Free

This the first installment of the new Friday Five, a weekly rundown of five things that made rap music really interesting this week.
Brandon Soderberg / March 15, 2013

MTV T.R.U. Life: The REAL 10 Hottest MCs in the Game

MTV has been steady picking rap's 10 hottest MCs since 2007 and, when it comes to the completely arbitrary metric of hottest-ness, they're usually more…
SPIN Staff / March 5, 2013

5 Best New Artists for March ’13

From a San Franciscan power-pop craftsman to a Glaswegian trio of synth-pop supernovas to a veteran Louisiana rapper finally on the rise, here are five…
SPIN Staff / March 1, 2013

No Trivia’s Friday Five: Lil Wayne, the Rap Game David Cronenberg?

So, Fox News hired Herman Cain. This will be fun. More importantly though, it is a chance to resurrect my dream remix project: Jamie xx…
Brandon Soderberg / February 15, 2013

Rap Release of the Week: Kevin Gates’ ‘The Luca Brasi Story’

Kevin Gates has been a rapper to watch for a few years now — last year's Make Em Believe, in particular, stood out for its totally…
Brandon Soderberg / February 7, 2013