Kevin Gates “By Any Means” Mixtape Download & Stream
Kevin Gates releases his Official Mixtape By Any Means, Presented by Bread Winners’ Association. The 16-track tape has Features from Doe B, Plies, 2 Chainz & Rico Love. Production is handled by Dun Deal, Allstar, Kane Beatz, Yung Carter, Jim Jonsin, V12 The Hitman, Beewirks, Honorable C-Note, The Runners & More.
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, 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”.
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.
Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates broke through in a big way in 2013 with The Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction, two addictive, hook-laden mixtapes that showed off a unique voice – melodic, croaky, almost fragile – and street tales that swung from aggressive to vulnerable in the same line. By Any Means features Plies on “Keep Fucking With Me“, Doe B on “Amnesia“, Rico Love on the surprisingly smoove “Go Hard” and 2 Chainz on “Bet I’m On It“. Highlights on first listen include the super-intense “Homicide” and “Movie“, which is about watching the birth of his kid on FaceTime.
Kevin Gates appeared on the radar of many music lovers after being featured on Pusha T’s Wrath Of Caine mixtape, as well as with the release of his highly favored The Luca Brasi Story mixtape in 2013. Kevin Gates‘ climb to the top of hip-hop continues on By Any Means, his official 2014 mixtape. The 2 Chainz featured “Bet I’m on It” is a radio-worthy number while tracks like “Movie” and “Posed to Be in Love” make this mixtape quite necessary for fans of Gates‘ albums. The mixtape is lead by “Amnesia”, a raw southern-fried track which features guest vocals from Alabama-based rapper Doe B, who died in 2013. On By Any Means, he comes off worthy of the acclaim, spitting vivid street stories that range from gut-wrenching to endearing all while demonstrating a serious knack for songwriting.
After releasing arguably two of 2013′s strongest projects, with The Luca Brasi Story and Stranger Than Fiction, the Baton Rouge native has released his first project of 2014 titled By Any Means. The 16 track mixtape includes featuring from 2 Chainz, Plies, Doe B and Rico Love. With trunk-rattling production all the way through, Gates uses his diverse skillset to prove that the South still has something to say with By Any Means. Follow on Twitter @Kevin_Gates @MedievalBeatz Beats For Sale
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