New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Multi-Platinum artist Kevin
Gates unveils the music video for one of his newest tracks, "Let It Sing". Last month on the first night of Ramadan, Gates surprised the world with his first new set of music since his January 2018 prison release, three songs called "Chained To The City," a phrase that captured Gates' legal situation and his inability to leave the city of Chicago.
On the first week of release, two of the three tracks from "Chained To The City" made remarkable debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With "Change Lanes" and "Let It Sing" debuting at No. 68 and No. 82, respectively, Gates has redeclared that he is a force to be reckoned with upon his return to music.
Gates launched "Chained To The City" with a video by Chicago
native Cole Bennett for "Change Lanes," which garnered over 1 million views in the first day and has now climbed to over 11 million views since its release just two weeks ago. Watch "Change Lanes" HERE.
Gates made history with this debut album ISLAH, which was released in January 2016 and cemented Kevin
as one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of 2016, second only to Drake. The critically acclaimed debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales in excess of 1 million - 2016's only debut album to receive platinum certification within one year. One of the rare major hip-hop releases to contain no featured artists, ISLAH made an incredible chart debut, entering Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" chart at #1 while also coming in at #2 on the Billboard 200. "ISLAH" received critical acclaim cementing its place as a milestone hip-hop release, named among 2016's top 50 releases by both Billboard and Complex. "'ISLAH' is a sustained and triumphant outpouring," declared Pitchfork in a "Best New Music" 8.5-out-of-10 rave review, "and Gates gives every good, bad, and ugly thing he has. It's by far the best single release of his career." The album earned Gates a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 2017 Billboard Music
While incarcerated by the Illinois Board of Corrections, Gates surprised fans around the world with the September
2017 release of BY ANY MEANS 2, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. Gates launched the BY ANY MEANS 2 mixtape with an emotional visual for his acclaimed single "What If
" and a deeply personal handwritten message posted on his official Instagram - Gates' first public statement since his October 2016 imprisonment. Following "What If
" came two more emotional and personal visuals for both "Imagine That," and "Had To."