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The Come Up: Kevin Gates


On Moving From New Orleans to Baton Rouge:

Kevin Gates:“I was born in Women’s Hospital in Baton Rouge. That was the hospital that my mother had me in because I guess it was a government funded hospital. Earl K. Long. I was born over there. I was born in Earl K. Long hospital and then after that I lived in New Orleans. I don’t remember coming out the pussy but I grew up in New Orleans. I lived in the Lower Ninth Ward and we moved to Baton Rouge later on.

“It was always low-income housing for us. That’s what my mother was able to afford. Section 8 livin’. It was that for a little while. Then after that I lived with my grandmother. My grandmother raised us. My grandmother, she really raised me for the majority of my life. I guess my mother had got married, she was married for 14 years, and I got to go live with her and her husband and my little brother and my little sister. He was a plant worker so he had a nice little bit of income. Being in the Southern region, most of the work opportunities there are industrial related. It is engineering, relief operators—just anything dealing with a plant. He made money where I was able to go experience this at least for a small bit of time, for a little while. But for the majority, my grandmother and grandfather raised me.”

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