Kevin Gates Insists He’s Innocent of Gun Charge Despite Guilty Plea
In promotion of Kevin Gates' highly anticipated Luca Brasi 3 mixtape, released last Friday (Sept. 28), the rapper sat down for an in-depth interview with Sway Calloway. In the first half of the four-part sit down, Gates opened up about everything from his incarceration to his relationships with Colin Kaepernick and the late Mac Miller.
One of the more interesting moments comes when Gates talks about his felony gun possession charge. "I was innocent," he admits, "but I pled guilty to that charge because I was like you know, a lot of times you could beat the charge but you can't beat the ride. And I probably would've sat another three, four years just fighting the charge."
Gates ended up serving nine months in Illinois, though they initially sentenced him to 30. He says due to good behavior he was given Supplemental Sentence Credit, which is good for up to 180 days off of an offender's sentence.
Gates also discussed his relationship with Mac Miller, which before this interview, many may not have been aware of. "I used to go to his house and record," Gates says. "He was like a brother to me... Me and dude had a personal relationship outside of music."
Both artists, Sway points out, have dealt with substance abuse issues in the past.
"I don't believe in death, I believe he changed form," the "Vouch" rapper adds. "Energy never dies, so may peace be upon Mac Miller, not rest in peace."
He also elaborated on the controversial statement he made in September, "rehab is for quitters." "Now the 12-step program is great, it works if you work it, but you can't go somewhere and say 'You know what? I'm just gonna go to this place and I'm gonna replace these negative habits with this place," Gates elaborates. "You have to replace negative habits with positive habits."
Watch Kevin touch on the prison system, police brutality and more below in parts one and two.
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