Kevin Jerome Gilyard (born February 5, 1986), known by his stage name Kevin Gates, is an American rapper, singer, and entrepreneur from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On July 16, 2013, Gates released a street album entitled Stranger Than Fiction, and it featured guest appearances by Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J along with being supported by the single “4:30”. Stranger Than Fiction debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 selling 8,400 copies in its first week. Rolling Stone ranked his song “Wylin” at number 40, on their list of the 100 Best Songs of 2013. His second street album By Any Means was released on March 17, 2014. It debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling 17,000 copies in the United States. Gates was named part of the 2014 XXL Freshmen Class. In July 2015 Gates released “Kno One” which was then included on Gates’ debut studio album, Islah, which was released January 29, 2016. The album was inspired by his daughter, whose name is also Islah which means to make better.