Kevin Jerome Gilyard, known as Kevin Gates, is an American rapper, singer and entrepreneur, signed to Bread Winners’ Association and Atlantic Records.
Born on February 5, 1986, in the USA to a Puerto Rican mother and African American father, he faced a turbulent upbringing, losing his father to AIDS at 14.
Gates married Dreka Haynes in 2015 and they have two children, Islah and Khaza.
He is a practicing Muslim and went for Hajj in 2016. Gates’ debut album, Islah, peaked at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart and he released several mixtapes that also charted in the top 40.
His popular songs include “2 Phones,” “Really Really,” and “Satellites.”
I have made a list of the best quotes by Kevin Gates in this blog post.
Kevin Gates Quotes
Man, all lives matter. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m glad I can’t vote. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’ve always been a loner. ~ Kevin Gates.
I always wanted a family. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m not no Internet person. ~ Kevin Gates.
with the rest of the world. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’ve just always been a reader. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m not afraid to make mistakes. ~ Kevin Gates.
Best Kevin Gates Quotes
I think California has the best energy. ~ Kevin Gates.
Why accept failure when success is free? ~ Kevin Gates.
My skin is 24 karat gold when a sun hit it. ~ Kevin Gates.
Rap was more of a release for me, a journal. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m a felon. I get pulled over all the time. ~ Kevin Gates.
I like being with my family. That’s my party. ~ Kevin Gates.
I have trouble with letting go. That’s my problem. ~ Kevin Gates.
I married my best friend that happens to be a girl. ~ Kevin Gates.
I was doing sold-out shows before I got radio play. ~ Kevin Gates.
Prison was the best thing that ever happened to me. ~ Kevin Gates.
I adapt and I adjust to whatever environment I’m in. ~ Kevin Gates.
Great Kevin Gates Quotes
I don’t want no handouts. I want to get it out the mud. ~ Kevin Gates.
I never go into a situation with any type of expectations. ~ Kevin Gates.
I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. ~ Kevin Gates.
I could care less about the particular. I like to make music. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t sleep much. I don’t sleep much – I work, I work, I work. ~ Kevin Gates.
The only frustrating thing about jail is that I can’t make music. ~ Kevin Gates.
True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind. ~ Kevin Gates.
When you’re in prison, you want to know that you were thought about. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. I’m just a cold-blooded investigator. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m super serious about music. That’s, like, the only thing I’m serious about. ~ Kevin Gates.
Powerful Kevin Gates Quotes
I have a cult-like following because I exemplify what it is to be a human being. ~ Kevin Gates.
When you stand for something, you’ve got to stand for it all the way, not half way. ~ Kevin Gates.
One of my most popular songs, ‘Satellites,’ I paid $300 for that beat on SoundClick. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t just listen to rap. ~ Kevin Gates. Marriage is the most wonderful thing ever. ~ Kevin Gates.
Life is about conduct and how we conduct ourselves. But two wrongs never make a right. ~ Kevin Gates.
Biggie Smalls, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, Big L, Tupac. That was, like, my top five, generally. ~ Kevin Gates.
I like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley of course. All of Capleton, Sizzla, Frisco Kid, Buju Banton. ~ Kevin Gates.
I put my flaws on front street. So the world accepted my flaws, so I don’t have any flaws. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m an introvert somewhat. There could be a room full of people, I’ll go stand in the corner. ~ Kevin Gates.
It’s a curse. I ask God to take this away from me all the time. I do not like being an artist. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t really like talking. I like to execute. I’m not a talking person. I’m an action person. ~ Kevin Gates.
I don’t know how the rap game is, because I’m a fan of reality, and the rap game’s entertainment. ~ Kevin Gates.
What I see, what I went through, what a friend of mine may have went through, whatever – I rap about it. ~ Kevin Gates.
I could give a flying flip about doing promo because, no disrespect, nobody put me in the position that I’m in. ~ Kevin Gates.
Wise Kevin Gates Quotes
Breathing is so important with physical activity, then how much more important is it with psychological activity? ~ Kevin Gates.
I always knew who I was, and I always ran from my true purpose… I know what my job is. And I always ran from it. ~ Kevin Gates.
I was always taught not to answer no questions. I’m not really good at answering them because I get agitated so fast. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’ve had mixtapes that have been better than albums I’ve heard from other artists. I take my time; I put my heart into it. ~ Kevin Gates.
In 7th grade, I believe, I wrote my first rap song. It was about everything I was seeing, everything that was going on around me. ~ Kevin Gates.
I have trust issues with allowing other individuals to know my innermost secrets for fear of how I may be viewed. Everyone has this. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m inspired by everything that goes on around me. I’m a sponge, I’m very analytical. I notice the things that most people don’t notice.” ~ Kevin Gates.
Let me tell you something about Tunechi – about that boy. That boy comes to the studio every day and grind as if he doesn’t have a dollar in his pocket. ~ Kevin Gates.
Coming up in the streets, I had to learn how to read people early on. I’m a very analytical person. I observe a lot of the things that people don’t notice. ~ Kevin Gates.
Glory be and praise to God. I didn’t do any of this. God did. I don’t have a recipe or a blueprint. I prayed for it, and my prayers are continuing to be answered. ~ Kevin Gates.
I was born on a full moon. Both my children were born on full moons, too. Some people say that’s scary. It is what it is, man, I don’t be trippin’. I couldn’t tell God when I wanted to be born. ~ Kevin Gates.
Meaningful Kevin Gates Quotes
The more I grow in popularity, the lonelier it gets. Because you don’t really know me. You just know this part of me. You fell in love with that. But it’s way more intricate than what meets the surface. ~ Kevin Gates.
I’m never on Twitter. I’m never on Instagram. And that’s not by choice: it’s just that those things never really interested me. I might post a picture here and there, but that ain’t really been my focus. ~ Kevin Gates.
I always had music growing up, but music was also like a journal. It was like my personal diary or personal journal. A lot of the things I couldn’t express to an individual, I would express them in my music. ~ Kevin Gates.
The energy in the daytime is so different because everyone is so unhappy and depressed and you can pick up on that energy psycho-kinetically. So I like to come out at night. Everything’s settled, you can see more. ~ Kevin Gates.
I did study religion for a little while. I studied the Torah and the Holy Koran, Helios Biblos, which is considered by most people to be the Holy Bible. I just wanted to know, even with Buddhism and the Dalai Lama. ~ Kevin Gates.
I was born in Earl K. Long Hospital. I was born Feb. 5th, 1986. I have a lot of family members. My grandmother had five girls, and all of them had children. It was always a house full. A lot of cousins. A lot of family members. ~ Kevin Gates.
I really don’t pay attention to the outside world when I’m incarcerated, because being in prison is like being in a different world. So I don’t pay attention to what’s going on outside of jail, because it’s all beyond my control. ~ Kevin Gates.
I just always wanted to study human behavior because every psychologist that I would talk to would tell me I was bipolar, and I know I’m not bipolar, so I had to perform a psychoanalysis on myself to find out that I have unresolved grief. ~ Kevin Gates.
I look at other people’s lives, and some people feel like they’re too old to play with toys. But I still go through the toy section at the store, ’cause there were toys that I wanted when I was little that I couldn’t have. So I still get them. ~ Kevin Gates.
Profound Kevin Gates Quotes
I’m a bookworm. I know with my physical appearance that I don’t look like the typical reader. I’m in Barnes & Noble all the time, and you can look at people that look like they are supposed to be in there. I am in there, pants sagging, hat backwards. ~ Kevin Gates.
I used to live with my grandmother. I used to wonder why the other kids in school went home with their mothers and fathers. I wanted to be the guy that got married. I wanted to be the guy with the children and the white picket fence. I never had that. ~ Kevin Gates.
Sometimes I feel like being an intellectual. Sometimes I like to just be aggressive and all the way in my feelings. Sometimes I might be emotional, or sometimes I might drag on the track and be lazy. I just like to share the different states of existence of ~ Kevin Gates.
I used to really love Fiend, but he stopped. He just stopped. Every time he had a project, every project – ‘There’s One In Every Family,’ ‘Street Life’ – I had to have them. And he just stopped. And that was disappointing, ’cause that was my favorite rapper at one time. ~ Kevin Gates.
But I really live in a box. I’m always locked away in the studio, so I never get to see those people anyway. And if I do see them, I don’t even think—to be honest, I’m so focused right now I couldn’t even see myself encountering those individuals that I spoke about from my past. ~ Kevin Gates.
If you look at the movie ‘Belly,’ I identify with Sincere the most. I am a gangster. I love my lady to death. I’m not in the game for the wrong reasons. I’m not in the game for the glory. I’m in the game to survive so the people that I love could be straight. I’m a highly intelligent individual. ~ Kevin Gates.
‘Recreative’ is a word that I invented because in urban culture, with colloquialism, we invent so many slangs. I don’t like the way that ‘recreational’ sounds – I don’t like to say I do a lot of ‘recreational’ reading. I like to say that I read ‘recreatively.’ I do a lot of ‘recreative’ reading. ~ Kevin Gates.
I attended college in prison. I was in jail, so there ain’t no going to no classes. They have programs in certain facilities where you can earn good time, and then you get time taken off your sentence. But as far as going to classes, it’s not like that. You study, and then an administrator gives you a test. I got a Master’s in psychology. ~ Kevin Gates.