Kevin Gates Net worth, Bio, Career, Marriage, Kids, Wife

July 03, 2018

Transferring the demonstrative style of rappers like Drake to the gangsta rap genre, Louisiana-based MC Kevin Gates spent five more years on the mixtape circuit before climbing the 2013 release of Stranger Than Fiction into the Billboard 200 Top 40. So let’s take a ride to find out about the life of Kevin, his childhood, his prison term, quotes, career, wife and children, and net worth.

Quick Bio,

Date of Birth: 1986, February-5
 Age: 33 years old
 Birth Nation: United States of America
 Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name: Kevin Gates
Birth Name: Kevin Jerome Gilyard
Nationality: American
Birth Place/City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ethnicity: Mixed ethnicity (African-American and Puerto Rican descent)
Profession: Rapper
Net Worth: $ 1 million
Eye Color: Black
Hair Color: Black
Weight: N/A
Married to: Shadreka Centauri Haynes (m. 2015)
Children: Islah Koren Gates, Khaza Kamil Gates
Education: Baton Rouge Community College
Awards: Not Yet
Albums: Islah

Kevin Gates Bio And Childhood

Kevin Gates (actual name: Kevin Jerome Gilyard) was born on February 5, 1986, in Louisiana, United States. He and his family relocated to Baton Rouge soon after his birth.

Although the details about his parents are not known, Kevin’s mother married his stepfather when he was just an infant, so he never got a chance to know his biological father.

Kevin’s stepfather used to treat him in a very different way, so he used to spent most of the time at his Grandparents house. He grew up in the hard street of the “Bloody Sticks” which surrounded him with gangs, guns, and drugs.

Kevin Gates went to Baton Rouge Community College; he earned a masters degree in psychology. He has African-American and Puerto Rican descent.

Kevin Gates Career

Kevin started his career by signing to local label Dead Game Records in 2005. His career started taking a path with his fellow Baton Rogue natives Bossie Badazz and Webbie in the mid of 2000.

This three collaborated on Gates’ first mixtape. Pick of Da Litter back in 2007. Kevin released another mixtape in 2008 named All or Nuthin’.

In 2008, Gates went to jail and had to spend 31 months from 2008 to 2011 where he earned his master’s degree.

Soon after he was released, Kevin started to work on his music career and published a mixtape, Make ‘Em Believe in 2012. In 2013, Kevin again released a mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story through his Bread Winners’ Association record label.

This mixtape earned him critical praise, and Rolling stone even named the mixtape’s single “Wylin” as the 40th best song of 2013.

With his current success then, Kevin signed to Atlantic Records. Kevin released his first major label mixtape, Stranger than Fiction in July 2013 which dealt with the issue ranging from depression during his time in prison.

Kevin also went on 4-week tour across the United States called as the Stranger Than Fiction Tour.

But after so much success and praise, lousy luck still followed Kevin. Kevin went to jail for a parole violation after his tour for four mounts, but he served only 3 and a half.

Again after his release, Kevin Upon his release in early March 2014, he again focused on music and, in particular, his new mixtape project, By Any Means.  The mixtape featured guest appearances from artists including 2 ChainzPlies, and Rico Love. 

The mixtape also made it to the Billboard 200, peaking at number 17.

In August 2014, Gates announced the creation of a new energy drink called “I Don’t Get Tired” or “#IDGT.” The beverage is based on Gates’ 2014 single of the same name that also featured August Alsina.

With the release of his 13th mixtape, Luca Brasi 2, Gates earned his third Billboard 200 listing in a row. The mixtape peaked at number 38.

The mixtape featured the single I Don’t Get Tired became his first song to make the US Billboard Hot 100 and his first song to be certified Gold.

In February and March 2015, Gates embarked on the I Don’t Get Tired Tour throughout much of the South. In May 2015, Gates released another mixtape, Murder for Hire, which was said to be the third installment in the Luca Brasi series.

In July 2015, he released the song, “Kno One,” which would become the first single from his debut studio album, IslahKevin announced the title and release date of his debut studio album, Islah in October 2015.

The album was initially slated for release on December 11, 2015, but eventually be pushed back to January 29, 2016. It would also feature a total of four singles including, Kno One, Time for That, Really Really and 2 Phones, receiving commercial success.

The album sold 112,000 copies in the first week of its release, and it also peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. The album had almost no guest appearances except for Trey SongzTy Dolla Sign, and Jamie Foxx who are all featured on the bonus track, “Jam.”

 Islah received mostly positive reviews with Inverse calling it the “Best Album of 2016 So Far.” Pitchfork noted that it was “by far the best single release of his career.

Kevin Gates In Jail

Kevin has been in trouble quite a time in the past. He was first arrested when he was just 13 for being in a stolen vehicle for which he was briefly in jail.

In 2015, Kevin was charged with battery for kicking a fan while he was performing on stage at an event in Lakeland, Florida.

According to the rapper, he was trying to defend himself as the fan continuously grabbed at him. The jury didn’t see it Kevin’s way, and the rapper was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Kevin again ended up himself in jail in 2017 for a 30-month prison term for gun charges stemming from 2013 incident. But he got released on parole on January 10, 2018.

Kevin Gates Wife And Kids

Kevin Gates married his longtime girlfriend and sweetheart, Dreka Haynes in October 2015. Together this lovely couple has two kids, Islah and Khaza. However, Kevin also mentioned having kids with other women too. He said,

“I got some children. I’m real real close with them. I lay in the bed with them, hold them, love on them. It really doesn’t make sense to say [how many kids I have]. Not in a bad way, but it’s not like the public will ever get to see my children, and if they do see them, they aren’t going to know they’re mine.”

Kevin Gates Tattoos


Kevin Gates Tattoo
Kevin Gates Tattoo


Here are some of the Kevin Gates quotes:

  • When you stand for something, you’ve got to stand for it all the way, not halfway.
  • I suffer from deep depression, so my only release is music.
  • True wealth is not of the pocket, but of the heart and of the mind.
  • 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.
  • I’m an introvert somewhat. There could be a room full of people, I’ll go stand in the corner.
  • I adapt and I adjust to whatever environment I’m in.

Kevin Gates Net Worth

He has earned his money with his music career as a rapper and singer and also as an entrepreneur.

As of 2019, Kevin has a net worth of $1.5million

Kevin Gates Facts

  • When Kevin was in jail, his wife released his album “By Any Means 2” in 2017.
  • Kevin was named a member of XXL‘s Freshmen Class in 2014.
  • He has 6.1 million followers on Instagram while his Twitter has 911k followers.
  • Kevin practices Muslim.

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