- Friday Dec 01 2023
- 8:00 pm
Featuring BigX ThaPlug and hosted by DJ Chose.
Transferring the reflective style of rappers like Drake to the genre of gangsta rap, Louisiana-based MC Kevin Gates spent five-plus years on the mixtape circuit before climbing into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 with his 2013 release Stranger Than Fiction. The gruff but lyrical MC narrowly missed the top of the chart in 2016, landing at number two with his proper debut album, the platinum certified Islah. From 2016 to 2018, he routinely hit the upper reaches of the Billboard 200 with volumes in his mixtape series Murder for Hire, By Any Means, and Luca Brasi, and reached number four with his sophomore full-length, 2019’s I’m Him. Gates was back on the Billboard 200 that same year with his Only the Generals Gon Understand EP. In 2022, he delivered his third studio LP, Khaza, which again took him into the upper reaches of the charts where it debuted at the number eight position. The mixtape The Luca Brasi Story (A Decade of Brasi) appeared in 2023.