Kevin Gates dropped his new video “What If” as well as a note to his fans while he’s locked up, which was the first time he commented about his current prison stint since being locked up last October.
The video ended with his open letter which provided some motivational words from Gates himself reminding fans to stay patient during tested times. Today, his team took to his Instagram to unveil the album art and the release date for By Any Means 2 which will be officially released on September 21st.
By Any Mean 2 serves as the sequel to his 2014 mixtape that had received high praise. His wife revealed in a series of tweets in July that she would be the one to string together his latest project. She said “BTW working on Kevin’s new project right now and I’m not going to lie, I’m nervous as F b/c I’m not getting any input from him & he’s fully entrusted me w/everything so there’s a lot of pressure!” she continued in the next tweet, “I respect real artists and their artistry and to be making ALL of the decisions is scary but rest assured the music is always fire as F!” It’s a big job for someone who isn’t necessarily a rapper themselves but she clearly has recognized that. However, if Kevin Gates has faith in his wifey for the job, we should too.
Kevin Gates’ incarceration stems from an incident where he kicked a female fan in the chest at a show. He served his six month sentence however, on the day he was released, a warrant was issued for his arrest for a weapons charge. After being convicted for that charge, he’s currently serving a thirty-month sentence. Gates was having a great run prior to his arrest. His album Islah received universal critical acclaim and had also gone platinum. During the height of all this is when he had to deal with the legal troubles.
While we await his release, it’s good to know that his wife is making sure that his fans are fed the content that they’ve been waiting for all along.