Kevin Gates Net Worth: Early Life, Career, Hits and Investments

The net worth of Kevin Gates, the American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur is estimated at $1.5 million. Gates, who began a career in music when he was 14, is now one of the famous music artists who has released a good number of hit songs.

Early Life

Kevin Jerome Gilyard was born in Louisiana and was raised in Baton Rouge. He briefly attended Baton Rouge Community College. When Gates was imprisoned for two and half years from 2008 to 2011, he earned a master’s degree in psychology.

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Gates is married to his longtime girlfriend Dreka Haynes since 2015, and the couple has two children, one son, and one daughter. He has also hinted that he has children with other women and no one would know that they are his.

Career

In his over a decade career, Gates has released one studio album, ten singles, and 15 mixtapes.

Gates began a career in music during the mid-2000s, when he signed with local label Dead Game Records. He collaborated with his fellow natives Bossie Badazz and Webbie and released his first mixtape “Pick of the Litter” in 2007.

After his release of the second mixtape “All or Nuthin'” in 2008, Gates was imprisoned for two and a half years which brought a hiatus in his music career. After his release, he again began to work on music.

In 2012, he got signed by Lil Wayne’s record label Young Money Entertainment. His mixtape “By Any Means,” which released in 2014 peaked at number 14 of Billboard 200.

Kevin Gates continued to release mixtapes like “The Luca Brasi Story,” which turned out to be his breakthrough and was soon signed by Atlantic Records. His next mixtape “Stranger than Fiction,” which released in July 2013, was Gates’ first mixtape to chart on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 37.

His single “I Don’t Get Tired” from his mix Tape “Luca Brasi 2”, was the first song that made to the US Billboard Hot 100 and is certified Gold.

After the release of numerous mixtapes, Gates finally released his debut studio album “Islah” in 2016. The album was commercially successful and sold 112,000 copies in the first week of its release and also peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart. His studio album Islah gained many positive reviews and was named as “Best Album of 2016 So Far”, by Inverse.

Kevin Gates has gone on few concert tours like The Fiction Tour, By Any Means Tour and I Don’t Get Tired Tour.

Gates has also guest appeared on other artists’ singles like Bout That, Dream Team, Drug Dealer Potential, My Runner, Hustle All Day, What You Doin Here and Hit The Books and Party, to name a few.

Other Venture

In 2016, Gates launched “IDGT” Energy Drink. The IDGT drink is also called “I Don’t Get Tired” based on Gates’ 2014 single of the same name.

Controversies

Gates has been involved in several legal issues since his youth. Gates got first arrested when he was 13, for stealing a vehicle and got jailed for a brief period. He even stated that being in jail for a short period, he had lost the fear of prison.

In 2003, Gates stabbed his opponent multiple times outside a movie theatre. Gates was charged with kicking a fan while performing on stage and again for carrying an illegal weapon.

Kevin Gates Net Worth

Kevin Gates’ net worth is $1.5 million. Though the significant portion of his net worth is from his album sales, he also earns good bucks from his concert tours, endorsement deals and profits from his IDGT energy drink business.

House and Car

Kevin Gates owns a two-story house in Ohio worth $360,000 which has four bedrooms.

He owns a Rolls Royce Wraith and a Corvette Z06.

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Endorsements

Gates also earns from his endorsement deal with I Am T-Pain by Smule.

Conclusion

Growing up in an area where crime was rampant and filled with drug dealers, Gates even had once considered on becoming a drug dealer himself. However, he developed an interest in rapping and today is one of the prominent rappers in the country and also a budding entrepreneur.

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