Kevin Gates “Behind Enemy Lines” Mixtape Download & Stream
Kevin Gates releases his Official Mixtape Behind Enemy Lines, Hosted by DJ Chill & Presented by Dead Game Records/Blu Boy Ent. The 21-track tape was released in 2009 and has Features from Nu ie-I, Malachi & Easy.
Kevin Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), better known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper and singer born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana right after where he was raised. Kevin Gates first began rapping in 2007, when he began making music with fellow Louisiana natives such as Webbie and Lil Boosie.
Kevin Gates first received attention with his 2008 single “Get in the Way” featuring Lil Boosie. Soon after, he and Boosie would be incarcerated in separate cases. Gates would then be released in 2011 and immediately returned to recording music. He would soon earn the attention of Lil Wayne and would start being managed by Young Money Entertainment‘s management wing. In early 2013, Kevin 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”.
As an artist, you’ve got to know yourself and your own vision first and foremost. Kevin Gates certainly does. The Baton Rouge-based rapper doesn’t pull any punches, and his honesty fuels everything he does. Rap felt like destiny for him from a very young age. In a house with stacks of records and CDs, he became engaged by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and The Notorious B.I.G. as a child. Watching music videos religiously, the burgeoning MC would then perform for his aunts and uncles during family gatherings. “I’d emulate what I saw on TV,” he recalls. “I’d pretend like I was a rapper for my family. I just knew that this is what I was meant to do. I never questioned it. I felt that for as long as I can remember.”
In 2004, Kevin Gates entered a local studio for the very first time and started professionally recording. Three years later, he dropped his breakout debut mixtape, Pick Of Da Litter. As he passed out thousands of CDs around the area, his buzz started to spread like wildfire and he began playing multiple shows per week. Shortly after, he unleashed the 2008 hit “Get in the Way” featuring Lil Boosie, developing a devout national following in the process. However, in the aftermath of the track’s success, Gates faced incarceration until 2011. “When I got out, my fan base had strangely grown,” Kevin Gates admits. “It was so crazy to me. Once I came home, I knew that I had to just focus on the music. I practically never left the studio after that. It was all about recording and making more songs.”
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 a street album titled Stranger Than Fiction, the street album featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single “4:30“. Stranger Than Fiction 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. His second street album By Any Means was released on March 17, 2014. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 copies in the United States. Kevin Gates was also named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class. Follow on Twitter @Kevin_Gates @TheRealChill @MedievalBeatz Free Rap Beats
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