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    Kevin Gates Describes Inspiration to Take Music Seriously: Interview

    Get to know the Louisiana MC a little better on the same day he drops his new banger, "2 Phones"

    With two mixtapes charting in the Top 40 on the Billboard 200, Kevin Gates is worth watching as he gears up for his full-length debut Islah, dropping early next year. FM sat down with the Louisiana-bred rapper to get to know him a little better, and the Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J collaborator told us about how he first entered the hip hop game by detailing some extremely humble early origins:

    "I think I was in middle when I wrote my first rap. I had a little machine I used to record at the house; it was raggedy, it was bullshit. I started recording myself on a computer at my grandmother's house. After that, I started going to a regular studio."

    The 29-year-old also revealed his thought process behind turning his music into a legitimate career, likely around the time he broke out with his 2008 Lil Boosie collaboration "Get in the Way":

    "I started taking music when I saw the way my fans were responding to me and that's when I decided, 'You know what? I want to be appreciated in my entirety. Kevin Gates makes great music. Kevin Gates is a great person, a great thinker, a great everything.'"

    Listen to the rapper's just-released new song "2 Phones," and look out for Islah to drop on January 29, 2016.