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Album Review

Kevin Gates' climb to the top of hip-hop continues on By Any Means, his official 2014 mixtape. Boasts that the Young Money label won't sign him because he's "too violent" ("Wish I Had It") sit next to simple, hooky thug tracks ("Arm & Hammer" arguably being the best), and while that's the standard stuff that's found on mixtapes, from old editions of G-Unit Radio to whatever the Diplomats crew just issued, Gates goes above and beyond with the format. The 2 Chainz feature "Bet I'm on It" is a radio-worthy number while tracks like "Movie" (Frank Ocean-like R&B) and "Posed to Be in Love" (a love song with some Eminem-sized obsession) are unexpected excellence buried on a stopgap release, all of them making this mixtape quite necessary for fans of Gates' albums. Plies, Doe B, and Rico Love also lend a hand.

Customer Reviews

Kevin Gates 4 President

Luca BRASI!!!!

I'll Pass

No bars, no substance, sounds like the rest of these played out auto-tune radio songs

Luca Brasi

Im a huge kevin gates fan, sattelites had me going hard for this dude, then luca brasi was dropped, dipped in evem harder to his exquisite rap intelligence, and fell in love, this album is gonna be flame as all hell.


Born: February 5, 1986 in Baton Rouge, LA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Transferring the reflective style of rappers like Drake to the genre of gangsta rap, Louisiana-based MC Kevin Gates spent five-plus years on the mixtape circuit before climbing into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 album chart with his 2013 release, Stranger Than Fiction. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Gates made his mixtape debut in 2007 with Pick of da Litter. Mixtapes with titles like All In and I Don't Know What to Call It, Vol. 1 appeared over the next few years. After he dropped the popular...
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