After a string of successful mixtapes since 2007, Kevin Gates ascended to the forefront of
the culture on his 2016 double-platinum debut album, ISLAH. In its wake, he emerged as "one
of the best-selling hip-hop artists of 2016," second only to Drake. It bowed at #2 on the
Billboard Top 200 and yielded the quadruple-platinum "2 Phones," triple-platinum "Really
Really," in addition to several platinum and gold certified tracks. Pitchfork lauded it among
"Best New Music," it graced year-end lists by Billboard and Complex, and it garnered a nod for
"Best Rap Album" at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.
Recently, the prolific rapper released his highly-anticipated new album I'M HIM, the 17-track follow-up to his 2x Platinum-certified debut ISLAH, debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Album Sales chart. On the overall Billboard 200 chart, Gates picked up his fourth top 10 album, landing at #4. I'M HIM also debuted in the #1 spot on the Digital Albums chart and as the #1 album in federal penitentiaries.