Kevin Gates “The Luca Brasi Story” Mixtape Download & Stream
Kevin Gates releases his Official Mixtape The Luca Brasi Story, Presented by Bread Winners’ Association. The 22-track tape has Features from Terrance Hines, Percy Keith, Currensy & Master P. Production is handled by Jahlil Beats, Swiff D, Grizzly On The Beat, Maven Boys, Cy Fyre, Mr. Morris, Nard & B, Marvel Hitz & 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.
Kevin Gates has quietly developed one of the biggest buzzes in the game delivering that authentic ride out music for his fans. The Luca Brasi Story has features from Curren$y, Master P, Terrance Hines and Percy Keith with the production side of things being handled by Jahlil Beats, Cy Fyre, Grizzly On The Beat, S-X, S1, Maven Boys, KB, Marvel Hitz and Nard & B.
Brasi provided the muscle for the Corleone family in the 1972 classic film The Godfather and with that inspiration, Kevin Gates, patterned his tape. The tape-opener “Mr. Brasi” begins with a soundfill from the film before breaking into a high-powered trap track. While Gates is more than capable with rap bars, like so many of his rap contemporaries he is equally adapt with melody. On “Paper Chasers” he drops sing-songy lyrics, but on “Arms of a Stranger” he goes full-on R&B. Then he switches again on “I Need It.” Over the Grizzly-produced track Gates chronicles his struggles and chastises those who criticize his way up. In The Godfather, Brasi was a feared hitman, but he had a sensitive side, never afraid to express his love for the Corleone family. On The Luca Brasi Story, Gates also shows two sides; he’s in touch with his emotions and loyalty to his street ties. “I’ve always been real protective over the people that I call family,” said Kevin Gates.
Kevin Gates openly plays off the complexity of his character in naming the mixtape after The Godfather’s Luca Brasi, a brutal but unerringly loyal contract killer whose first scene in the film adaptation shows him mulling over how best to present a gift to the don’s daughter at her wedding. Gates shares that devotion to matters of the heart and matters of the street, and The Luca Brasi Story clearly displays that. Street anthems like “Paper Chasers” and “Weight” hold court with tender tales of love like “Arms of a Stranger” and “Twilight”. Kevin Gates is what the South has been missing – a lyricist dealing with heavy topics like depression and heartbreak with the work ethic of a drug-runner steady on the grind. Kevin Gates delivers a mixtape that showcases both his lyrical ability and keen sense of melody. Follow on Twitter @Kevin_Gates @MedievalBeatz Buy Beats Online
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