ALBUM                                 :           ISLAH

ARTIST                                  :           KEVIN GATES

GENRE                                   :           RAP / HIP HOP

DATE RELEASED                 :           2016


If you like easy to listen rap music, you just found that kind in this album from Kevin Gates.  For those who are dig rap music for the first time, this album might escape your attention as the rapper’s name is like a name for upcoming country singer.  Thus, you like I experienced, you will be surprised that this is a rap and hip hop singer and likeable at that.

Watch “Pride” here

The whole album is a whole lot of confessions, and the rapper talks about so many things in life.  Like how he felt blessed in “Ask For More” and brag  his love for money unabashedly in “I Love It.” How he is not ashamed and proud to brag his family roots in “La Familia.” He was being honest when he discussed how he find it difficult to stay on top in relationships with the rap song simply titled “Pride.”  He shared his weak side in “Told That” where he shared that he get into substance abuse as he is affected with people who dealt with him negatively.

Watch “Kno One” here

Good tracks in this album includes “Ain’t Too Hard” which deals about relationship and you can surmised that the singer is trying to open up the hurt that he felt in the relationship. Perhaps this track is the most relaxing rap song for quite a time.  Lyrically, “The Truth” has usual rap lyrics but this is his version of the incident when he was in the news that he kicked a female fan during a live performance and it is a good thing when you want to hear different sides of the story. “Kno One” is a love song in a rap song.  Some fans might be surprised with the crooning aspect of this song. “Jam” had him rapping and singing like Craig David and Kanye West rolled into one.

Watch “Jam” here

Just like a normal album, Kevin Gate has some songs that are peppered with N word but unlike with other rap artists, he uttered “nigga” word with sweetness instead of anger. As a whole, the album is not so hard on your mind, and near to your heart.  Indeed, it is a pleasure listening to this album and mind you this is a rap album. With that, I rate this record 3.5 stars.


1 star = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it



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