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Shortly after the release of his latest standout track, “Still Hold Up,” multi-platinum recording artist Kevin Gates is back to release its official music video. The visual, which is a dark reflection of the artist’s life experiences, is now available to watch via Kevin’s official YouTube channel HERE. The audio visualizer has already accumulated 1.3 million views since the song’s release last Wednesday; view HERE. “Still Hold Up” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE.
Following his highly acclaimed album I’M HIM, which topped multiple Billboard charts upon its release, Kevin Gates continues to impress with a string of new music. Additionally, Gates has partnered with VICE to create a web series called 1-800-KEVIN: The Kevin Gates Helpline. In this series, co-hosted by his lifelong friend OG Boobie Black, Gates provides fans with advice and positivity to navigate life’s challenges. Episode 3 launched yesterday at 3PM EST. Episode 2 – entitled “Mystery Smells and Shady Jobs” – premiered last week and is streaming now HERE.
I’M HIM marked Gates’ first official album release in more than three years, following 2016’s now-classic debut, ISLAH. Despite his legal challenges and incarceration circumstances over the past three years, the Baton Rouge-raised emcee hasn’t stopped delivering heavy-hitting music to his fans, including BY ANY MEANS 2, CHAINED TO THE CITY, LUCA BRASI 3 and latest ONLY THE GENERALS GON UNDERSTAND. The six-track project – which includes such acclaimed singles as “Big Gangsta” and “#Yukatán” – fast proved another smash for Gates.
ISLAH affirmed Kevin Gates as one of hip-hop’s greatest new stars, second only to Drake as the best-selling hip-hop artist of 2016. One of the rare major hip hop releases to contain no featured artists, the album made an incredible chart debut upon its January 2016 arrival, entering Billboard’s “Top Rap Albums” chart at #1 while also coming in at #2 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 with sales in excess of 110,000 – Gates’ biggest sales week to date. ISLAH of course includes a pair of smashes in the 3x platinum certified “Really Really” and the 4x platinum, top 20 blockbuster, “2 Phones,” the latter of which ascended to #17 on Billboard’s overall “Hot 100” – Gates’ highest charting mainstream single to date. What’s more, Gates’ distinctive accompanying visuals saw him ranked by the New York Times as the #5 most-watched artist on YouTube in the US between January 2016 and April 2017. Indeed, “Really Really” has drawn more than 239 million views thus far, while “2 Phones” has earned a remarkable 289 million views and counting via YouTube alone.
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