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    Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:45:37

    Feature: Kevin Gates Deserves To Be on Top of Hip-Hop - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    New Orleans has birthed yet another lyrical beast. We suggest you take notice too because he's going to claw right through the entire game.

    Kevin Gates ignites a revolution in the South on his latest album, By Any Means. It's been a long time coming, and he's the man to galvanize and resuscitate real Southern hip-hop. The world's been responding too as the record debuted at #17 on the Billboard top 200 and moved over 17,000 units first-week, impressive numbers for the MC. XXL recognized in the coveted Freshmen Class, and all signs point to him climbing to the top of the game this year. Moreover, he genuinely deserves it.

    Gates possesses a muscular flow that rivals anybody else out there. In fact, he completely stands on his own, sliding between breezy, confident hooks on the likes of "Wish I Had It" and gruff, gritty bars emblematic of his mic prowess during "Keep Fucking With Me" featuring Plies. The man also knows how to steer a hit too. "Don’t Know" lights up an unshakable refrain that borders on soulful, while "Amnesia" teeters between tough and tight as Gates and the late Doe B volley back and forth.

    At the same time, he opens up during "Movie" as he raps, "everything going wrong, in the back of my mind like what the fuck do they want from me. I'm only one man, and it's hard to operate when it ain't no sleep...women's hospital, where she was admitted supposed to be there for twelve, baby due in a minute, experience complication, baby no longer kicking". It's hypnotic, hard, and heartbreaking. Few guys can tell stories like that anymore.

    Meanwhile, "Posed to Be In Love" is darkly entrancing, and his video captures that same vibe.



    By Any Means not only remains his best work to date, but it's a new classic. It ushers in a special moment for Kevin Gates and establishes him as one of rap's most important MCs. The crown will be his soon.

    Rick Florino
    07.11.14


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