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Kevin Gates – His Life’s Highs and Lows

Find out everything that you ever wanted to know about the rapper Kevin Gates: His attack on a female fan, subsequent jail time & how he turned his life around

Kevin Gates Overview

Popularly known as Kevin Gates, the rapper Kevin Jerome Gilyard is widely regarded as one of America’s most successful contemporary singers, with several hit singles and rap mixtapes, within the ‘confessional’ genre.

Born in Louisiana, his family moved to Baton Rouge, where he developed a keen interest in music and started to rap at the age of 14.


In 2014, he and his wife, Dreka, launched their recording company – the Bread Winners’ Association. In January 2016, his debut studio album Islah was released. Including the hit singles 2 Phones, Time for That, and Really Really, within its first week of release, the album sold 93,000 copies in the US. It even debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and stood at number 16 at the Canadian Albums Chart.

Aside from his musical career success, Kevin Gates also had his downs. After having multiple minor brushes with the law during his teenage years, in 2003, during an altercation, he violently stabbed someone, multiple times. As a result, in 2007, he was incarcerated.

In 2015, he was surrounded by controversy, again, after kicking a female fan during a stage performance in Florida. Found guilty, he served a 30-month prison sentence. However, while in jail, he enrolled in a prison education program, earning a Master’s degree in Psychology.

How old is Kevin Gates?

Kevin Gates is 34 years old, and was born on February 5, 1986.

Where is Kevin Gates from?

He is from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, spending his formative years in Baton Rouge.

What is Kevin Gates’ net worth?

As of 2020, Kevin Gates’ net worth is estimated to be 1 million USD.


Who is Kevin Gates’ spouse?

In October 2015, Kevin married his longtime girlfriend, Dreka Haynes. In 2016, the couple converted to Islam, visiting Mecca for Hajj in 2016.

Does Kevin Gates have children?

Gates and Haynes have had two children in their 14-year relationship. Their son is named Khaza Kamil Gates and their daughter is Islah Koren Gates. Khaza was born on May 10, 2014, and Islah on November 30, 2012.

Fun fact! The three most important people in Kevin Gates’ life are reflected in his music, with his children and wife having songs and albums named after them.

Are there other famous celebrities related to Kevin Gates?

Kevin Gates signed with Dead Game Records in 2005. During that time, he collaborated with rappers like Webster Gradney and Torrence Hatch, popularly known as Boosie Badazz.

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