73 Captivating Quotes By Kevin Gates

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Growing up in the rough streets of Louisiana, Kevin Gates’ rap career began at age 14 when he grew up idolizing Master P and the Hot Boy$. He scored a 31 on his ACT in jail at age 16. He formed some bad habits and addictions and dealt with depression. Kevin Gates admits that rapping, reading and writing became his outlet and music was ultimately his vice.

With a mixture of hanging out with elders, the birth of his daughter, and having been surrounded around poverty and crime, Kevin Gates learned and grew in terms of maturity and compassion. He has become an extremely creative artist who is well spoken, articulate and educated. In these intriguing statements, Kevin Gates expresses his opinions about being your truest self, focusing less on money and more on the inside, and having a strong sense of self.

As a convicted felon with a Master Degree in Psychology, Kevin Gates is a well rounded individual. These ’73 Kevin Gates Quotes and Lyrics’ are a testament to that vast knowledge and wisdom he gained through a winding and colorful life.


1.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Passion And Music Being His Outlet:

“The things that are most difficult for me to put into words and speak about, I put into my music. I’m just super passionate about my craft and super passionate about what I do.” – Kevin Gates 

2.) Be In Sync With Who You Are And Take Up Space:

“It’s about really really being who you are as an individual and not apologizing for it, that’s what it is. I can feel the growth from my first mixtape to now. On every song, I want to give you a piece of who I am as an individual.” – Kevin Gates

3.) Pleasing Others Is Not The Path To Success:

“You can’t make everybody else happy and still stay on top.” – Kevin Gates

4.) On Being Authentic To His Image:

“If I tell the truth about me, what can the world say? I’d love to be accepted, but I’m not seeking acceptance. If you are a fan, it’s because you’re a fan of who I am psychologically, emotionally, and individually. The world can relate to a human being more than it can relate to a superstar.” – Kevin Gates

5.) Real VS Fake:

“It was so crazy for me at that time, I never felt more alone or betrayed, but I had to realize the people who love me stuck with me through that. The world kicked me when I was down, but they couldn’t destroy me. I had to address what happened. I told the truth. No disrespect, I don’t see color when it comes to people. There are only two types of people—real and fake. All I have is music, so I have to do this. It made me look at things from a different perspective.” – Kevin Gates

6.) Be Bendable, But Never Give Up:

“Never break or fold, that’s what it takes to be major.” – Kevin Gates

7.) Kevin Understands What Works Best For Him:

“I’ve always stood on my own two. I don’t need a team. I don’t do the entourage thing, 30 people. I don’t do that. That’s just not me.” – Kevin Gates

8.) The Essence Of Breathing:

“Breathing is so important with physical activity, then how much more important is it with psychological activity?” – Kevin Gates

9.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Tattoos:

“Whatever I have a natural love for or respect or admiration for, I tattoo it on my body. My next tattoo is probably going to be Muhammad Ali. I’ve got Bob Marley. I’ve got Elvis. I’ve got Malcolm X. I’ve got so many tattoos. It’s crazy. I’m really running out of space. But when I go get tattoos, it’s therapeutic for me also. When I’m undergoing the pain of the needle, whatever pain I may be going through emotionally or mentally, it dissolves. That’s why I’m so into tattoos.” – Kevin Gates

10.) His Hustler Mentality:

“I got 6 jobs, I don’t get TIRED!” – Kevin Gates


“When you got wisdom and knowledge you supposed to spread the world wit some soulja love.” – Kevin Gates

12.) Being Honest About His Vast Wisdom:

“And then, I’m so analytical that if someone’s to tell me, “Kevin, I need help with my rent,” then I’d be like, “That’s not the problem. You have a spending problem. You have to get that problem out of the way first. And then you’ll have money for your rent. But if I pay your rent this month, I’ma have to pay it next month, so I’m really crippling you. I’m really keeping you from reaching your true potential.” So that’s the way that I give. I might not give you anything physical or tangible, but I might give you something that’ll change your life. That’s the type of individual that I am. I don’t like to say it, but I’ve always been a wise person.” – Kevin Gates

13.) On Growing Up:

“My mentality, I guess. I used to deal with things totally differently than the way that I deal with things now. And I believe that comes through growth and maturity. And when you grow, your way of life changes. Everything changes. The things that were interesting at one point, they’re not as interesting now.” – Kevin Gates

14.) His Brilliant Perspective Of True Wealth:

“Wealth is not of the pocket. It’s of the heart. It’s of the mind. I live like that. You could give me a fish and feed more for a day, but if you teach me to fish, you’ve fed me forever. So that’s really my philosophy with it all.” – Kevin Gates

15.) Music> Sales

“I don’t pay attention to sales because it’s not about that for me. It’s about the music. Music is all I have.” – Kevin Gates


“I have trust issues with allowing other individuals to know my innermost secrets for fear of how I may be viewed. Everyone has this.” – Kevin Gates

17.) On Trusting His Own Findings:

“I’m a big skeptic so I won’t just go off what an individual may tell me. I gotta do the research. I’ma get different literature on that one subject and just compare and contrast. I do my own selective studies.” – Kevin Gates

18.) The Balance Of Life, Yin And Yang:

“Without an understanding of bad…how can one truly have an appreciation of good.” – Kevin Gates


“The energy in the daytime is so different because everyone is so unhappy and depressed and you can pick up on that energy psychokinetically. So I like to come out at night. Everything’s settled, you can see more.” – Kevin Gates

20.) How He Handles Human Interactions:

“I don’t really have people asking me for things because of the way that I carry myself. I don’t brag about what I have. And then when you see me, it pretty much is you see what you get. And most individuals, they don’t want that from me. They want what I give, and I give love. I’ve got a heart that’s full of love, with so much love to give. So me giving you a hug might have been all you needed. Me giving you a handshake, looking you in your eyes, telling you I understand, us connecting. That’s worth more than money to me.” – Kevin Gates

21.) Never Seek Approval:

“If you associate yourself with peer pressure or complacency, you’re destined for failure.” – Kevin Gates


“Whatever an individual chooses to do with themselves, long as it doesn’t affect me and they’re respectful with it, I don’t care what they do. Because I’m not perfect and I have flaws, so who would I be to be judgmental?” – Kevin Gates 

23.) Kevin Gates Aligned With His Passions:

“I love to make music, I love to get tattoos…That’s just what I love. If I wasn’t getting paid I’d still do it.” – Kevin Gates 

24.) Success Is In The Action:

“Anything lost, can be found again, except for time wasted. A vision without action is merely a dream. Action, it’s the grind, it’s the hustle, it’s the persistence.” – Kevin Gates

25.) A Truthful Message On His Haters:

“Don’t get mad at me for being the best of what I was created to be.” – Kevin Gates


“I live by the ten percent rule. Save one, you save a thousand.” – Kevin Gates

27.) A Kevin Gates Lyric From ‘Out The Mud’:

“Money coming, money gotta flip it. I ain’t waiting on nobody, I’mma go get it.” – Kevin Gates


“My daily conversation, it consists of hustle. Grinding from the bottom sick and tired of struggle.” – Kevin Gates 

29.) A Kevin Gates Quote About Depression:

“I suffer from depression. Severe cases of it. Not one case of depression, not a severe case, but severe cases of depression. Music is my only outlet, it’s therapeutic to me. It’s a release. It’s how I vent emotionally.” – Kevin Gates

30.) Music Is His Vice:

“I’m not made out of concrete. I’m a real person. And I’ve got real feelings, and they get hurt. I get annoyed, I get everything. I go though anything any other individual would go through, but my way of dealing with that is music. Some people don’t have a vice for dealing with that. And you know, when they speak about those certain situations, it makes them seem unstable. They have a fear of appearing to be unstable or vulnerable. So that’s probably why people don’t really display that or put that on front street. But as far as me? I could care less what somebody thinks about me because just me saying how I deal with depression may help someone else out there find their way through whatever they’re dealing with.” – Kevin Gates


“Bein logical gave me a reason to doubt” – Kevin Gates

32.) A Kevin Gates Lyric From ‘Get Up On My Level’:

“Made men don’t make statements. You bigger than that, that’s phony. Want every n***a that rap, from Louisiana to make it. Medication then meditation and elevating to greatness.” – Kevin Gates

33.) A Moving Quote About His Daughter:

“If you go back to my old mixtapes, I was wild and out of control, now, I’m trying to be better and grow. My daughter did that for me. As a kid, I became introverted. I didn’t have a lot of the things that the popular people around me had, so my self-esteem was low. My daughter looked at me in the eyes and said, ‘You’re so beautiful, daddy.’ She was the first person to ever tell me that. It just changed the way I look at myself in the mirror. That changed my life. It was never about me, but now it’s really no longer about me. It’s about me being able to provide for my family and the people I love. I’ve got to go harder.” – Kevin Gates


“To inform, to improve, to make better, and I believe that’s what my first daughter did to me, so I named my first album after my first daughter.” – Kevin Gates

35.) Influence From His Grandmother:

“My grandmother was an English teacher for a while. And she stressed to me the importance of reading, being able to articulate well.” – Kevin Gates

36.) His “Why” Behind His Love For Music:

“Music’s the most therapeutic thing for me. Because I suffer with depression, and it’s my only form of releasing it. Just as you do with your recorder, I record my thoughts. I vent. It’s a channel. I’m an introvert when it comes to displaying my emotion. And because I’m such an introvert, the best thing for me to do is to talk to the mic. It’s a diary for me. It’s like a journal. Whatever I’m going through at the time, I get it out. So it’s a great vice. But it’s what I love to do. I would do it if I wasn’t getting paid or nothing. It’s just what I love to do.” – Kevin Gates


“Why accept failure when success is free?” – Kevin Gates


“Out my window.. I see everything I dream about and wished I had” – Kevin Gates

39. A Kevin Gates Quote About Being Humble:

“When you come up in the slums, having nothin make you humble” – Kevin Gates

40.) A Kevin Gates Lyric From ‘Perfect Imperfection’:

I’m a perfect imperfection. My craft has been perfected. I just need affection, emotionally. I’m an introvert but it come off as aggression” – Kevin Gates

41.) The Curious Get The Cat:

“Knowledge is provided but only to those who need to know” – Kevin Gates

42.) On Gravitating Towards Spending Time With Elders:

“I just always liked older people. I never really got off into hanging with people my age. It’s just who I gravitated toward, I guess. And I guess me and my grandfather spent so much time together, so a lot of his ways rubbed off on me. So that’s how it happened. It wasn’t something that I just tried to make happen. It was just a natural, organic process.” – Kevin Gates

43.) A Kevin Gates Lyric From “Reasonable Suspicion”:

“Wise men change, fools stay the same.” – Kevin Gates 

44.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Album ‘Islah’:

“When people say my name, I want them to feel a certain way, everybody walks around so numb. They’re not in touch. In the technological age, we become coldhearted. I’m going to provoke you to feel. That’s what Islah does.” – Kevin Gates

45.) On Saying What He Feels:

“I’m a super sensitive individual also. The smallest thing might stand out to me. I might go make a song about this interview. I live life then rap about it. Who knows what I may say? I just really say what I feel. When I’m in the moment, whatever I’m feeling, I get it all out. So I mean, that song is super self-explanatory. Which, all of the songs are. If somebody wanted to know anything about Kevin Gates, I’d tell them “go get Stranger Than Fiction.” It’ll tell you everything. It’s all there.” – Kevin Gates


“I love God, I love everybody else around me as myself, and I love my enemy.” – Kevin Gates

47.) On Being Too Focused For Some People:

“But I really live in a box. I’m always locked away in the studio, so I never get to see those people anyway. And if I do see them, I don’t even think—to be honest, I’m so focused right now I couldn’t even see myself encountering those individuals that I spoke about from my past.” – Kevin Gates

48.) A Well Rounded Character:

“Yea I’m a convicted felon..I also have a masters in psychology, I also scored a 31 on my ACT at 16 in jail.” – Kevin Gates 

49.) Rough Beginnings Made Him Grounded:

“What poor person fits into society socially? You seem like a great person, but you’re not going to leave out of this building and put one of those homeless people in your car. You treat them differently than I do. When I finish with this salad here, you can eat off my plate. That’s just the individual that I am because I’ve walked in those shoes at one time. And just imagine going to middle school with a bunch of middle school children who aren’t aware of how hurtful their words can be. That’ll really make you want to get money.” – Kevin Gates 


“I got it out tha mud, ain’t nobody ever gave me nothing” – Kevin Gates


“I don’t give anyone a reason to hate me, they create their own drama out of pure jealousy. Keep ears opened, mouth closed.” – Kevin Gates

52.) Pure Wisdom About Looking For The Answers Within:

“Or help them get to the root of the problem. Or help them find out what the problem is. Because the problem lies with self, and a lot of times we don’t look inward as individuals. We always look for something else as a substitute, as a pacifier. You have to look at self first.” – Kevin Gates 


“Any artist that’s as serious about making music as I am, I’m cool with that. But if you tellin’ me, “Man, send me a verse and I’m a send you a verse.” No. That’s not collaborating. We don’t know each other and I’m serious about this music.” – Kevin Gates


“If you broke you know damn well I can’t stand next to you.” – Kevin Gates

55.) On Living In The Moment:

“I’ve had good times and I’ve had bad times and I reminisce, maybe when I lay down, but throughout my day I keep myself engulfed in whatever moment I’m in because it could steer me into a depressed state.” – Kevin Gates

56.) Intrigued With Psychology:

“I just always wanted to study human behavior because every psychologist that I would talk to would tell me I was bipolar, and I know I’m not bipolar, so I had to perform a psychoanalysis on myself to find out that I have unresolved grief.” – Kevin Gates


57.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Favorite Author Nicholas Sparks:

“Yeah, he’s an author. Like a lot of movies like Dear John and The Notebook were written after books that he’s written. He’s not my favorite, but he’s one of my favorite authors. I really enjoy a lot of Nicholas Sparks, a lot of his writing because it’s very simplistic. It’s very true to my character, as an individual. Or how I’d say the things that I want for myself as an individual. He writes very true to that. It’s nothing far-fetched, and it isn’t fictitious. It’s beautiful, really. He’s a beautiful writer.” – Kevin Gates


“Say what you doin and not what you finna do” – Kevin Gates 


“I came in the game with a different attitude than I have now. And I had to grow. I had to mature. And in that growth and in that maturity, that point of maturity I realized that ay, the people that interview me, we really only having a conversation. And they not from the same walk of life that I am, so my life is super interesting to them. And the respect that I have for individuals, they don’t have those same morals and principles because we were raised different. But all I can do is be as understanding as possible. You know, to help give insight.” – Kevin Gates

60.) A Kevin Gates Lyric From ‘Reasonable Suspicion’:

“If I told you I was different would you understand the difference?” – Kevin Gates

61.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Grandfather:

“The respect I have for individuals. If someone was to ask me something about somebody, I’d probably tell you it was none of my business. He was a firm believer in minding his own business, and I’m a firm believer in that. I will not get in any other person’s matters. It’s not my business. If you was to ask me, “What you think about such and such?” That’s not my business, so I don’t have to think about that. There’s other things that I probably grabbed from him subconsciously, but that’s one thing he was real firm on. Like: “Mind your business. Your mouth is the most dangerous thing on your body. It’ll put you in situations that you never want to be in.” – Kevin Gates

62.) Embracing The Competition:

“Let me hear the music. I’ma let the music instruct me on which way to go. Forwards, backwards, left, right. It’s like boxing. I’m only as strong as my opponent.” – Kevin Gates

63.) His Form Of Inspiration:

“I can’t say any artist inspired me, because I’m inspired by the things that go on around me.” – Kevin Gates

64.) His Hustler Mentality:

“I really was just putting out music. Going everywhere, passing out CDs, passing out CDs, passing out CDs. And, you know, it was good music, so we developed a small buzz. And as we developed a small buzz we started doing shows. You know, a thousand dollars, six hundred. Whatever they had I was taking it. Then, I end up being incarcerated, so the music just spread organically because it was good music. And absence makes the heart grow fonder. So once I came back, the music had spread and it grew. So I guess they had a chance to catch up to where I was at. ‘Cause I was so advanced and I was so ahead because I’ve always lived life at such an accelerated pace. The youngest person in my clique right now is probably like fifty-some years old. I never hung with anyone my age. So I was ahead of everybody. I was always more advanced. Was it a good thing? I believe so. You learn fast or you die young.” – Kevin Gates

65.) On Fashion And Simplicity:

“I love to be clean. I wear the same things, all of my clothes pretty much look the same. I’m a plain and simple type of guy. I don’t really do a lotta busy colors and things of that nature. I feel like less is more.” – Kevin Gates


“I have trouble with letting go. That’s my problem. Anybody that has extreme highs and extreme lows is bipolar to any psychologist and that’s not necessarily the truth.” – Kevin Gates

67.) A Kevin Gates Quote About His Favorite Book:

“The Notebook … that’s my favorite one. I’ve read that book 30 times. It gives a true depiction of two people that are in love.” – Kevin Gates


“You can learn from a dummy. You can watch a dummy and learn what not to do. I’ve always been an observant individual. You don’t know how much you love something until you can’t do it. That’s one thing I can say that I learned. I learned how much I love music.” – Kevin Gates

69. Speaking About His Strengths:

“I’m inspired by everything that goes on around me. I’m a sponge. I’m very analytical. I notice the things that most people don’t notice.” – Kevin Gates


“I don’t have a religion. I ain’t nothing wrong with church as long as they selling chicken. Cause I read the Quran, I read the Kabalah, I read the Bible. They all got the same three basic principles: Love God, love your neighbor as yourself, and…As far as me being, I live by those principles.” – Kevin Gates


“The ones that hate you most tend to be the people you know.” – Kevin Gates

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