The Come Up: Kevin Gates


On The Music He Listens To:

Kevin Gates: ”[I listen to] really anything. Because my aunt stayed listening to rock ‘n’ roll, they were eclectic. They listened to all different types of genres of music. Coming up, I always listened to all different types and genres of music. I’ve always had a love for music.

“I can’t say [hip-hop spoke to me more] because I don’t just make hip-hop but that’s what’s being put out right now. I just love music. I love reggae music. I love soft rock. I love rock ‘n’ roll. I love music. It’s just music. Probably right now my favorite is Ed Sheeran and he doesn’t rap…well he raps a little bit.

“I listen to anybody. Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Nas, Shyne, The Wu-Tang Clan, 8 Ball & MJG, E-40 and the Clique, everything man. Jim Jones. I listen to Yo Gotti. I love Gucci Mane. You just gotta listen to everything. Everything that’s out, I listen to but if I feel like an artist is talking about the streets and he’s not talking about it the right way, then I can’t really listen at it because I really live that life. Not “lived that life” because I was a gangsta but “lived that life” because I was in low-income housing. I got to see a lot of those things that go on in an impoverished environment. So I can tell when somebody lived it and I can tell when somebody didn’t.”

Recommended for You

Around the Web

Best of XXL

  • David Skreet

    ‘ I don’t remember coming out the pussy but I grew up in New Orleans.’ Ok Kevin, thanks for the interview. SMH

    • ROFL


  • Do It 4 DJ Stylez

    Salute homie, thats that WORK

  • Derty Den


  • VipaTraxxz

    Louisiana Stand Up


    BEST rapper alive