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Kevin Jerome Gilyard, known professionally as Kevin Gates, is an American singer/rapper/entrepreneur. Gilyard began his career in 2007 by signing with local label Dead Game Records. His career blossomed along with fellow Baton Rouge natives Boosie Badazz and Webbie in the early 2000s. The three collaborated on Gilyard’s debut mixtape, “Pick Of Da Litter”, in 2007. Another mixtape, “All Or Nuthin”, was released in 2008. A short time later, both Gilyard and Boosie were incarcerated in separated cases, effectively pausing Gilyard’s music career. He spent 31 months in prison between 2008 and 2011. During this time, he earned a master’s degree in psychology through a prison program. He was released from prison early for good behavior. Gilyard went on to release 13 mixtapes before releasing his full length debut album “Isiah” on January 29, 2016.