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Kevin Gates’ XXL Freshman Freestyle

blame it on Meka May 21, 2014

The N’Awlins spitter is the next up on that XXL Screen.

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  • CMPTN

    by far the best of the lot

    • NYCityKid

      Not by far let’s not exaggerate. But you can tell when a nigga ain’t lying tho “Nigga keep feeding me that work then I’m ah nigga son” Smfh how real is that!?

  • swingem

    he from baton rouge

  • fox

    This was nice but that Kingpin talk is played the fuck out. Same with Troy Ave trying to sound like a 90s drug pusher. It’s time for Rap to get some new lyrical themes/content.

    • marty mcfly

      Only thing is the lyrical themes gotta be just as aggressive as the kingpin talk. Id rather MCs figure out there’s other things to talk about but all this soft shit and swag rapping gotta go before the drug raps do imo. In order for drug rap to be played out? Drugs would have to be played out in the streets first and we all know thats not happening anytime soon.

      • fox

        I feel you but I think that just shows a lack of creativity. For example, I like when rappers talk about their lives, but how hard is it to really do that? Anybody can talk about what they’re doing or what they’ve been through. It becomes boring after a while unless they do it in an interesting way. I just want rappers to think outside of the box and come up with some crazy ass concepts…….or maybe I’m just expecting too much.

        • Selorm Amuzu

          An artist is gonna do what an artist is gonna do at their own time regardless of whether we fuck with it or not. We can say we wished this rapper can do this and that but at the end of the day you liked the rapper for a reason and if his content and technique works, then he’s gonna rock with it. Also we like to fall for this trap of wanting something crazy and “out the box”, but who’s to say you would like it when you are met with it ? Apart from that Kevin Gates is dope !

        • Ray

          This is HIS life…I’m from Baton Rouge, grew up around him…this is NOT a facade at all…He from the Bottom in Baton Rouge. Ask anybody who from BR about the Bottom and they’ll tell you. Gates rarely lies in his lyrics. He speaks truth.

        • marty mcfly

          This was put in an interesting way and it is about life and you can catch it if you listening. Now at the beginning of this he talks about fronting some niggas work and they dont pay it back and he just accepts the L because he knows these niggas mom and gots love for them so he fucks with them even after they played him. Now thats some real shit right there and anybody can kinda get what those bars mean and there is substance behind it. I dont care if niggas rap about the streets but that can also be creative and niggas can tell when somebody really know what they talking about. You can still throw wordplay, concepts and all the other forms of lyricism behind some raps about street shit if thats what kinda nigga you are.

        • marty mcfly

          I know what you mean though and Id cosign what you sayin.

        • MusicHead

          You right now come up with some different concepts or topics to rap about then..rap been having the same topics for years, you just now gettin tired? Pusha been rappin bout white for a decade..trust me a rapper come with somethin too new & different..he gon sound corny & not gon appeal to the masses enough to blow up..it’s either swag rap, enotional rap, drug, guns, money & fuck bitches rap..the rest ppl really don’t fuck with it..them be the lower echelon have they own fanbase rap niggas.

          • fox

            You’re proving my point! The fact that it has been done over and over is why I’m tired of it. And you say “you right now come up with some new concepts and topics to rap about then”…..that requires time and effort and that is EXACTLY What I want these rappers to do. People want to do same thing because they lack creativity like I previously said.

          • marty mcfly

            The fans have to show a willingness to listen to creativity as well though. You know why Documentaries aint played at the movie theatre? Cause people would rather watch the crime thriller action movie. If a nigga makes some shit called Novus Ordo Seclorum but its falls on deaf ears from the hip hop culture then niggas gonna give the people what they want which is coke coke coke, ass ass ass, money money money, guns guns more guns etc… Thats what you people want so here you go. At least thats what the majority of fans want and in business the majority consumer always wins over the smaller demographic but again I see what you saying though.

          • Whybothertwice

            Na you looking at it from a sales point, Troy ave, Kevin gates, pusha t rap about shit they know or shit they inspire to know that’s their surroundings, majority of people I know relate to this music because it familiar not because it sounds cool or it sells more but because we understand it,

          • marty mcfly

            Yeah so like I said, its the kinda music you people want. These rappers are rapping what they know but dont get it twisted, they also businessmen or at least have their eye on the money and how to get it. If the people all of a sudden showed interest in more creative music then artists would make the adjustments musically but thats not the case. The reason you understand and relate to it is because its self explanatory rap. It takes no thinking to understand. Its literally shit like hey “I got work, I got guns, I got money so yeah I fuck bitches cause thats all they want from me” etc.. Like thats very easy to understand and relate to brah.

          • Whybothertwice

            Nope it’s not easy to understand cause not everyone has bitches not everyone has money not everyone has gun.
            Not even that rap music came from that look at the city it came from
            It seems that the people that have an issue with street or trap rappers tend to be the kids from the burbs, you guys want them to change their music to accommodate you because you can’t feel and understand the shit they talk about, and when they refuse to change for you, you classified their music as simple-minded or uncreative man gtfoh with that artistic bullshit

          • Whybothertwice

            Yo reading your comments is so bothering stop trying to push your views on other people. Just because you’re not interested in someone’s music doesn’t make it not creative.
            Regardless if the drug rap thing has been done before that doesn’t make it the same.
            Directors been making romantic movies for years does that mean it’s uncreative?

          • MusicHead

            Have you listened to XV? And tell me did you like him?

          • MusicHead

            What u not hearing me is most of the “out side the box” shit has been prolly tried & the shit didn’t got very far or sounded musically corny..not sayin u can’t be successful but most super different not poppin like that unless they have they own fanbases & do they own thing like a Cudi, Lupe & etc. you complaining about such & such when the music is still soundin good, who gives a fuck if it’s the same 5 topics in rap..the shit been like that for years & u just now or maybe was complaining back then but I know how biased u ppl are towards the 90s, so I doubt u was complaining.

          • soulonice_

            He raps about more than coke tho, listen to his tapes. Got a lot of variety with his tracks

        • Whybothertwice

          Yo, you expecting way to much niggas is rapping about what’s real to them and what they know
          If you want a crazy concept go listen to kid cudi, Kendrick, or even chance but to expect that from street niggas or proclaim street niggas is unrealistic

      • Sticky

        Why do the lyrical themes have to be aggressive?

        • marty mcfly

          Because people gotta be able to feel you and know that you somewhat got a backbone. Especially if you reppin a whole city behind your words. This is why someone like Immortal Technique will wear a bulletproof vest and hold a AK-47 as he’s spitting some conscious lyrical shit. He aint gotta do all that of course but it lets you know he aint the nigga to be played wit. I feel like the times is too serious to be a vegan rapper wearing sandals an rapping as if your album is called Green Tea From Barnes & Noble. Dig wat im talkn bout. Thats all

          • Sticky

            Yeah I feel you but when they’re being aggressive just to be aggressive it can just feel gimmicky, also I don’t think the times are anymore serious than they were last year or last century, walking around like your on the brink of the apocalypse is bound to look silly in a year or two.
            Ex: black hippy doesn’t talk about 2012 very much anymore

          • marty mcfly

            My point is if you wanna be the lyrical guy thats not aggressive then dont be surprised when your looked at as a pussy or soft. If you take someone like a KRS One. One reason why he can spit some poetical shit and the thugs might listen is cause he can also beat their ass. Now im exaggerating things to make a larger point of course and im not saying hip hop has to turn into wrestling but if the lyrical niggas wanna compete on any level with the gangsta rap niggas then its time to get aggressive or just accept it when Troy Ave calls you a weirdo. On another note, I’ve been making comments about The Roots lately that people a prolly feel some kinda way about but its done outta love for them but as an example. You take The Roots new songs and Meek Mills? Who is Hip Hop culture gonna listen to for the most part? Its not cause Black Thought aint nice, its that niggas aint trying to be all calm and meditative when they listen to hip hop. That aggression is necessary. As far as Black Hippy goes? That can leave that “gimmick” for real black hippies such as Taylor Gang. If niggas wanna be lyrical rappers the be as aggressive as the niggas making gangsta shit.

          • marty mcfly

            Now of course people will disagree and have their own opinion but if you wanna rap like the 2014 version of P.M Dawn then go ahead cause sometimes it works but for the most part niggas aint tryna hear no bars from fairy soundin mothafuckas.

  • Bambi

    Best one yet by a long shot…Gates sounding hungry!!!

  • he went in, without a doubt

  • marty mcfly

    DOPE

  • Skitz McGurk

    Not N’Awlin… Baton Rouge

  • Ray

    He’s from Baton Rouge…smh

  • MusicHead

    Still like Troy’s the most but this nigga came HUNGRY & ate..he def tied or a close second..

  • Carter North

    What happened to actual freestyles?

  • AmIDickRidingyet

    he started out and I thought somebody got chopped and screwed

  • PromoAnimal

    3rd Best , the funny thing about it is these freestyles surprised some people & gain some new fans

    • Third best behind who?

      • PromoAnimal

        just dividing the best freestyles from the worst

  • YVtC

    I had low expectations for KG but he ripped this. Tied with Rich Homie for the best imo.

  • Dang Kevin showed and proved. Not a big fan of the content yet I respect the passion, hunger and technique.

  • malcyvelli

    Dope. Reminds me of Jeezy back in ’05.