Rapper Kevin Gates is booming at the moment. If you haven’t heard the Louisiana native’s newest project, “By Any Means“, you better catch up! Gates recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his influences and who his favorite emcees are.
“I always gravitated towards up north music,” Gates says in an interview with Rolling Stone. “I always loved the lyricism, and I loved that it was witty. And I always loved down south beats. [The Notorious B.I.G.], Jay Z, Nas, Eminem, Big L, Tupac. That was, like, my Top Five, generally. If you asked me right now what artists I listen to, I listen to Starlito, Gucci Mane, a little bit of Maino. I listen to realistic rap. I listen to artists that are really talking about something, you see what I’m saying? I listen to artists that are believable.”
“I don’t know what to call what I do,” he says. “It’s no genre of music that you can put my music in. It’s no one word that you can say that would be definitive towards what I am as an individual. So, I know there’s a name for it, but I don’t know what to call it. And my life is a movie. I just don’t do no acting. I just consider myself an artist. If someone was supposed to pick up a paintbrush and paint a picture, do you consider them a painter? You’d consider them an artist. A poet is an artist. So I just consider myself an artist. Maybe other individuals like to dissect and put it under a microscope. But those who get it get it, and those who don’t get it won’t ever get it.”
Check out Kevin Gates’ visual for “Amnesia” below: