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Kevin Jerome Gilyard, known professionally as Kevin Gates, is an American rapper/singer/songwriter/entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, LA. Gilyard’s music career began when he signed a recording contract with local label Dead Game Records in 2007. Shortly thereafter, 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 Liter”, in 2007. Another mixtape, “All Or Nothing”, was released in 2008. In 2012, Gilyard created a buzz with the mixtape “Make Em Believe.” He also received the attention of rapper Lil Wayne’s label Young Money Entertainment. Gilyard signed a contract with the management wing of the label later that year. Although he was signed to the management wing, Gilyard never signed a recording contract with Young Money. In early 2013, Gilyard released the mixtape, “The Luca Brasi Story”, via his Bread Winners Association label. Gilyard released several other mixtapes, including “Stranger Than Fiction” and “Luca Brasi 2.” On January 29, 2016, Gilyard released his debut album “Islah.” He released “I am Him” in 2019.