Kevin Gates is popular for being an American rapper and singer. His first studio album Islah reached the second position on Billboard Top 200. Let’s find out how much is Kevin Gates’s net worth in 2018.
Kevin Gates Early Life
Born on February 5, 1986, as Kevin Jerome Gilyard in Louisiana, Kevin had a very rough childhood having been arrested at the age of thirteen.
He attended Baton Rouge Community College but dropped out soon after.
In 2015, he kicked a fan while performing on stage. The fan pressed charges against him, and he was convicted of this charge. He is now serving a 30-month jail term which will end in 2018.
Gates, who is of African American and Puerto Rican descent converted to Islam along with his wife Dreka Haynes, in 2016. They have two children together, Islah and Kazha.
Kevin Gates Career, Awards & Achievement
In 2005, Kevin signed up with Dead Game Records. He collaborated with Webbie and Boosie Badazz who also came from Baton Rouge.
He released his first mixed tape, Pick of Da Litter in 2007 and All or Nuthin’ in 2008. Gates spent the period between 2008-2011 in Jail where he attained a degree in psychology.
He released his next mixed tape Make ‘Em Believe in 2012. He signed on to the management section of Young Money Entertainment which is Lil Wayne’s Record Label.
In 2013, his mixed tape, The Luca Brasi Story as very successful and this got him a gig with Atlantic Records.
His mixed tape after being signed with them, Stranger Than Fiction, was the first of his tapes to enter the Billboard Charts.
Gates’ next mixed tape, By Any Means also made it to the Billboard Charts at number 17.
Luca Brasi 2 was his third consecutive album to make it to the charts. It contained “I Don’t Get Tired” which was the first of his songs to make it to the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2015 he ran into a hotbed of controversy after somebody posted a video of him kicking a fan’s chest in a concert in Lakeland, Florida. He responded to the incident by releasing a song titled, “The Truth,” where he alleged that the said fan was pulling at his shorts.
Islah was released in 2016 and enjoyed great commercial success. Incidentally, it is also the name of his daughter. This album featured four singles: “Time for That,” “2 Phones”, “Kno One” and “Really Really.” It reached number 2 on the Billboard charts. Islah had a bonus track called “Jam” which featured artists like Jamie Foxx, Trey Songz, and Ty Dolla Sign.
Awards & Achievements
Gates’ Islah was nominated for the Billboard Music Award Top Rap Album in 2017.
He was nominated for the iHeartRadio Music Award Best New Hip-Hop Artist in 2017 as well.
Net Worth of Kevin Gates
His net worth is around $1.5 million. He earns his revenue through his music career by releasing his albums and mixed tapes. He also adds a substantial amount to his income by his multiple business dealings.
Undoubtedly, Kevin Gates is a talented rapper and singer. However, his career has been plagued by his arrests since an early age. In spite of a criminal record, he has made his mark on the music scene by pursuing it in spite of the multiple obstacles in his path. He has worked hard on his mixed tapes even after being released from prison and even signed record deals. It is remarkable that he has topped the Billboard charts multiple times. This has only been possible because of the loyal fan base that his music attracts.