After over a 12 months in jail and some free months of anticipation, Kevin Gates has lastly fed the streets with some new music. Although he referenced “I’m Him” final September and upon his launch, his first official venture since coming house is entitled Chained To The Metropolis, a three-song EP and not-so-subtle reference to his confinement to the town after being launched on parole. Gates served 9 out of 30 months for a felony gun possession conviction. Just like Meek Mill, Gates could not really feel very “free” in any respect in the mean time.
Chicago is limiting his journey, which suggests he couldn’t make it to Miami to carry out finally weekend’s Rolling Loud competition cease and is in any other case hindered from touring to carry out and report. Meek himself make clear Gates’ plight in interviews final week. In a latest Instagram Dwell session, Gates shouted Meek out for his phrases and mentioned that his parole isn’t “rehabilitative in nature.” He additionally used the EP to make clear why his parole could significantly strict. On venture opener “Change Lanes,” Gates rhymes, I ain’t by no means been a gang member, Illinois labeled me a gang chief / Political spear, Decide Linehan racist, I’m bein’ sentenced,” referring to the decide in his case.
Gates takes an analogous tone all through the EP, melodically interspersing reflections on his authorized scenario and Baton Rouge upbringing with imagery of the great life, corresponding to on the second half of “Change Lanes” and “Let It Sing.” Gates is firmly in his bag on the EP, assuaging any considerations that he’d come out of jail off his sport. He instructions all three bangers with precision, exhibiting why he’s one of many perfect at fusing entice harmonies with introspective lyricism.
Hopefully, before later, Gates will break these chains and be capable of mark his comeback to hip-hop in full impact. Till then, you possibly can take heed to Chained To The Metropolis under.
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