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Kevin Jerome Gilyard, known professionally as Kevin Gates, is an American rapper/singer/entrepreneur from Bate Rouge, LA. Gilyard began his music career by signing with local label Dead Game Records in 2007. His career blossomed along with fellow Baton Rouge natives Boosie Badazz and Webbie in the mid-2000s. The three collaborated on Gilyard’s first mixtape, “Pick Of Da Litter”, in 2007. Another mixtape, “All Or Nothing”, was released a short time later. In 2012, Gilyard created some buzz with the mixtape “Make Em Believe.” He also attracted the attention of rapper Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment, and signed a contract with the company’s management wing later that year. Gilyard never signed a recording contract with Young Money. However, he noted that Brian “Birdman” Williams encouraged him to start his own label. In 2013, Gilyard released the mixtape, “The Luca Brasi Story”, via his Bread Winners Association label. Gilyard’s 13th mixtape, “Luca Brasi 2”, appeared later. In October 2015, Gilyard released his full length debut album, “Isiah.” “I’m Him” was released in 2019.

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