Baton Rouge-based Kevin Gates‘ recent The Luca Brasi Story mixtape was the visceral sound of a rapper who had been toiling just slightly under the radar for years really arriving. It was emotionally heavy and unflinchingly honest, and it was all held together by warped, late-night carnival music. Since then, Gates has been enjoying much more national success. Stranger Than Fiction is an actual Kevin Gates album that you can buy, and while it lacks the immediacy of The Luca Brasi Story, Gates is in fine form, moving from hyper-detailed, heartbreaking tracks like “4:30 AM,” to collaborations with Migos, Juicy J and a particularly hoarse track with Starlito with effortless intensity.
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