Kevin Gates is an American rapper born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In early 2013, Gates released a mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story which was called "easily the best rap-related thing" in February 2013 by Spin Magazine, who also said he has "been a rapper to watch for a few years now".The Luca Brasi Story has been downloaded from popular mixtape sharing site, DatPiff, over 80,000 times. On February 15, 2013 it was announced that Kevin Gates signed to Atlantic Records. Gates was also featured on Pusha T's 2013 mixtape Wrath of Caine on the song "Trust You" and was featured on frequent collaborator Gudda Gudda's mixtape Guddaville 3 on the song "Hustle All Day" also featuring Flow. On July 16, 2013 Gates released his a mixtape titled Stranger Than Fiction, the mixtape featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single "4:30". The mixtape debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week.Rolling Stone ranked his song "Wylin" at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013.