Kevin Gates could spend the next two years of his life behind bars. The Baton Rouge native was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison. The charge stems from an incident that occurred in 2013 when Gates was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in Cook County, Illinois.
Following the initial charge, Gates career began to take off. After serving three years in prison, he released four mixtapes that gained him a following in the south. He eventually signed with Atlantic Records and released the album Stranger Than Fiction.
With the release of the album Islah in 2016, Gates went to another level by going platinum without any features. The songs “Really, Really,” and “2 Phones,” proved that he could create mainstream music that catered to the streets.
But trouble continued to follow him during his rise in hip-hop. During a show in Florida, Gates kicked a female fan in the chest. He was eventually arrested and sentenced to 180 days in jail. Once he was released from jail in Polk County, he was transferred to Cook County due to the gun charge in 2013.
So even with the the years of work to establish a thriving career, Gates will not be able to enjoy the fruits of his labor for the next 30 months.
Gates will likely appeal the court’s decision.