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Kevin Gates Net Worth

Kevin Gates Net Worth
Net Worth$1 million
Real NameKevin Jerome Gilyard
Date of Birth/AgeFebruary 5th 1986
33 y.o.
Source of wealthRapper, Singer, Entrepreneur
Country of originUSA
State/City of originBaton Rouge, Louisiana,
Last Updated2019

Net Worth

Rapper Kevin Gates net worth in 2019 is reportedly at around $1 million. He has made most of his money from album sales and selling out concerts across the country.

He’s also gone on concert tours around the world making stops in South America, Asia, and Europe. With his distinct voice and Southern gravitas, his music is noticeable everywhere.

During this time of imprisonment, Kevin Gates really turned his life around and start focusing on his music. After releasing Make ‘Em Believe in 2012, he received the attention of Lil Wayne’s label, Young Money Entertainment, and signed a management deal with the record company.

Since then, he’s made his money through record sales and putting on shows around the United States.


Kevin Jerome Gilyard, also known as Kevin Gates, is an internationally known rapper and singer. You’ve definitely heard some of his hits in the club. He’s popular both in the U.S. and abroad.

He first came on the scene when he signed to Dead Game Records in 2005. In 2016, his first album, ‘Islah’, reached Billboard’s Top 200 status. Islah went on to sell over 112,000 copies in the first week alone and stuck around the Billboard Top 200 for a while due to the success of the album’s hit singles.

Ever wonder how much he’s actually worth? Well, we’re here to break it all down for you. His net worth, a little bit about his background, and just how he makes his money. He’s definitely good at what he does – or else we wouldn’t be writing about them.

Early Life


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Kevin Gates was born Kevin Jerome Gilyard. He was born on February 5th, 1986. He is currently 32 years old. He was born in Louisiana, and shortly after his birth, moved with his family to Baton Rouge.

In Baton Rouge is where Kevin Gilyard truly made his mark. He’s a truly passionate individual that always displays his emotions on his sleeve.

“If I tell the truth about me, what can the world say? I’d love to be accepted, but I’m not seeking acceptance. If you are a fan, it’s because you’re a fan of who I am psychological, emotionally, and individually.

The world can relate to a human being more than it can relate to a superstar”. This quote really speaks to his down to earth nature, and his ability to tap into the oneness we all share in the human experience.

Personal Life


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Kevin Gates was arrested at the age of thirteen for joyriding and had what could be called a rough childhood. As noted below, after dropping out of Baton Rouge Community College he had another stint in jail.

In 2015 he was again arrested for kicking a fan during a performance for which he served a 30-month jail term through 2017 and 2018. He currently two children with Dreka Hayes, with whom he converted to Islam with.

They followed Hajj by visiting Mecca in 2016. He married her in 2015. His two children are named Islah and Kazha. He has African-American and Puerto-Rican heritage in his background.


After Gates graduated from Baton Rouge Community College in Louisiana, he quickly shifted focus towards his professional career. He soon became a mainstay on the local Louisiana music scene performing with such artists like Boosie Badazz and Webbie.

He even went on to release several successful mixtapes such as Pick of Da Litter in 2007, and All or Nuthin’.

Unfortunately, Kevin Gates from time to time was involved in some form of legal trouble. He spent a total of over 31 months in prison, during which he earned a masters’ degree in psychology. He earned this degree through a prison program.

Gates was often noted by prison administrators for constantly being on good behavior. He was able to turn his life around and become a successful recording artist.

At present, Kevin Gates net worth reached $1,000,000.

He had his first taste of mainstream critic approval when he released the 2013 mixtape, The Luca Brasi Story. He released it with the Bread Winners’ Association. After releasing The Luca Brasi Story, Kevin Gates received praise from Pitchfork, Spin, and Rolling Stone magazine.

Rolling Stone even listed ‘Wylin’’ as one of their top 100 songs of the year. That same year, the success of The Luca Brasi Story led to Gates being signed by Atlantic Records. He is still signed to Bread Winners and is a part of the Atlantic Records label.

After the release of the Luca Brasi Story, his album Stranger Than Fiction cracked the Billboard Top 200. After Stranger Than Fiction, Kevin Gates released another mixtape, By Any Means, which took the 17th spot on the Billboard 200.

He’s also had guest verses in a number of songs with other famous musicians. This includes artists like Pusha T and Gudda Gudda.


  • Single “2 Phones” (2016)
  • iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist of 2017
  • Billboard Music Awards Top Rap Album of 2017 ‘Islah’
  • Single “Really Really” (2018)

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To Sum It Up


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Kevin Gates is still relatively young and has plenty of mileage left in the tank. He’s shown that you can display both positive and negative emotions through his music. Instead of just talking about his problems, he’s able to turn them around in a creative outlet.

He’s open about being sad, which in the macho-ness of hip-hop culture, is a sorely needed outlier.He’s also been at the forefront of publicizing his battles with mental health.

For example, he stated “I’ve had good times and I’ve had bad times and I reminisce, maybe when I lay down, but throughout my day I keep myself engulfed in whatever moment I’m in because it could steer me into a depressed state.

Not many musicians, rappers or otherwise, are as frank and open as Kevin Gates. Let’s hope he sticks around for a while. There’s little doubt that his net worth will continue to increase as he becomes more and more popular of a musician.