Kevin Gates won't let being in prison stop him from dropping music
Kevin Gates has released his second music video since being locked up on October 16 of last year. “What If” follows a man and his wife as the man deals with being incarcerated.
“What If” seems to be largely autobiographical. While it doesn’t star Gates himself — because prison — it does mirror the situation he’s currently in with regards to his wife and two children. The story takes place entirely in Baton Rouge and seems to tell the story of Kevin, his wife Dreka. The video ends with the Dreka stand-in caring for children, much in the same way that the real woman is taking care of Islah and Khaza Gates while Kevin is in prison.
The video ends with a shot of a handwritten letter from Gates to his fans. It encourages them to keep the faith while he’s away. Gates tells his fans that all people go through struggles and that he’ll come out the other side the same person as he was.
“A great person is measured by all the tests they can undergo and still remain true to who they are,” he wrote.
The letter was transcribed and posted to his Instagram for fans who didn’t catch it on the screen. Check out the full text of his letter below:
“In the name of the Most Gracious Most Merciful
“Dear Loyal Family, Disallow yourselves to be troubled in my time of absence. All of the great ones who came before and will come after me: Have had to go through this.
“By this I’m speaking in reference to hardship. A great a person is measured by all of the great tests they can undergo and still remain true to who they are. With that being said ‘I’m Him.’ I love you all. In closing, I remain the same.”
Watch The Video
Dreka recently spoke out on her husband’s incarceration, around the time that Kevin Gates released the odd Joan Osborne cover that soundtracks today’s video.
“To everyone that’s rooting for Kevin right now, thank you but please shift your thoughts, prayers, energy, etc. towards the idea of Kevin being home and enjoying his life as a free man,” she wrote. “Do not dwell on the things that have been put out by the media. Their only goal in anything is to grab/seek attention, not necessarily to release information that is factual.”
Watch the semi-autobiographical clip up top.
What do you think of “What If?” Is it weird that rappers are covering coffee shop songs? How do you feel about what Dreka’s going through back home? Do you think Kevin Gates will recover once he’s released from prison? Or has his momentum been stymied by the prison sentence, seeming release and eventual second arrest as he was making moves to leave prison? Will we ever get something like The Luca Brasi Story again? Will Gates be surprise arrested again when he tries to leave, like some kind of Southern rap Camus character? And why aren’t we talking about the real conspiracy here? Are they just trying to keep the world’s most unabashed proponent of booty = groceries in jail?
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