17 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has never been much for jokes. Earnest, unsparing, and intensely personal, his full-length major-label debut is a downcast trip through tales of the grind (“La Familia”) romantic woes (“Pride”), and the trials of balancing the two (“2 Phones”). He delivers it all with enough charm and hope to keep things from getting too dark or gritty. “Man in the mirror you way outta order,” he raps on “The Truth”—fitting words for an artist who named his album (and his daughter, for that matter) after an Arabic word meaning to improve.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has never been much for jokes. Earnest, unsparing, and intensely personal, his full-length major-label debut is a downcast trip through tales of the grind (“La Familia”) romantic woes (“Pride”), and the trials of balancing the two (“2 Phones”). He delivers it all with enough charm and hope to keep things from getting too dark or gritty. “Man in the mirror you way outta order,” he raps on “The Truth”—fitting words for an artist who named his album (and his daughter, for that matter) after an Arabic word meaning to improve.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
663 Ratings
663 Ratings
PersonThatKnowsRap

Straight Garbage

Oh my god I’ve lost faith in humanity. He sounds like he’s constipated and he’s on drugs for the hook. When he actually is rapping he’s so bad. I mean SO BAD. Oh my god I could rap better. All he’s doing is talking slightly faster than average. I can’t believe 208 people 5 starred this album. How is two phones so popular? All he does is sing loudly while acting constipated and talking faster than normal, that’s how you get hits now a days guys. I’m done.

YODAisOG

Worst album of 2015-16

Your average other people listen to this so will listen track, nothing compared to the other albums, the lyricism is so low you might have a donkey rapping, rn kendrick lamar is shaking his head

rapisalive

Very impressed!

I’m your average male, middle class, white dude and I listen to every genre. With that said I’m not usually current on all the popular rap albums and what not. This album however is a very rare gem. It reminds me of when The Game first came out with the Documentary.. It blew me away on a new level. Every single song was fire. Never had to skip a song because each one was single worthy. Gates delivers in exactly the same fashion. I have massive respect for this guy. Way to go!!! You’ve made it dude. Your hard work and perseverance has paid off because you produced an "A" quality album.

About Kevin Gates

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 The Luca Brasi Story mixtape -- one of the first releases on Bread Winners' Association, a label he co-founded with wife and booking manager Dreka Gates -- things changed quickly. It led to appearances on high-profile mixtapes from Pusha T and Gudda Gudda, and Gates subsequently signed a contract with major label Atlantic. Stranger Than Fiction, the first of several releases to bear the logos of Bread Winners' Association and Atlantic, was released that same year. It featured guest spots from Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Starlito, and debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart. Plies, 2 Chainz, and Doe B helped deliver his 2014 mixtape, By Any Means. The next year saw the single "Kno One" preview Islah. Gates' proper debut album, it was issued in January 2016, debuted at number two, and was certified gold before the rapper returned with an EP-length mixtape, Murder for Hire II, that May. The single "What If," whose main hook referenced Joan Osborne's 1995 hit "What If God Was One of Us," appeared in March 2017. The track appeared on By Any Means 2, which appeared in September. ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
Baton Rouge, LA
BORN
February 5, 1986

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