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Kevin Gates – I’m Him

33-year old rapper Kevin Gates is back. Unfortunately, nine months after he dropped his 2016 premiere platter, Islah, Gates was busted for battery and received a 180-day jail stint. Other legal woes crimped his burgeoning career until January of last year.

Now, after a significant absence, one of the hip-hop genre in Baton Rouge has finally returned with ‘I’m Him.’ Like his debut disc, this project includes no featured artists. He is hoping to repeat his previous platinum-pus success solo. Here are some of the highlights of this new release.

The album opener, “RBS Intro,” has a bassline that is a real monster and he immediately reminds listeners his arresting voice is tailor-made for trap and vocal acrobatics. “Icebox” is another cool cut in that it’s a bit of black cowboy music with an unexpected high-pitch swing.

“Facts” is destined to be a club-shaker. It’s got an energy reminiscent of Three 6 Mafia minus the “Tear da Club Up” chaos. On “Push It, another strong track, Gates slides in and out of different pockets like a gold-digger.

The closing cut is “Fly Again.” Here Gates injects a tuneful touch of soul with his vocals. This audio outro ends somewhat deeper than what some might expect but it’s all good.

Overall, Kevin Gates’ 17-track ‘I’m Him’ will undoubtedly remind his flock of fans that he not only is proficient at rapping but also that he is no slouch at contemporary trap production either. The basslines are bombastic and the kicks are hippo-heavy.

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