Last year, Kevin Gates was sentenced to 180 days in prison after kicking a fan in the chest at a show in 2015. His sentence was later extended to 30 months for a weapons charge, and the rapper is currently still in prison. While incarcerated Gates released two songs, “What If” in April and “No Love” in July. Today the Baton Rouge rapper shared visuals for his aching track “What If.”
The video directed by Walu follows a few different storylines, including one scene of a confrontation between a group of young black men and police officers. The chorus of the song asks “What if God was one of us / Just a thug like one of us.”
At the end of the video, Gates offers a handwritten note to fans that appears on-screen.
“Dear loyal fans,
Disallow yourselves to be troubled in my time of absence. All of the great ones who came before and will come after me: Have had to go through this. By this I am speaking in reference to hardship. A great person is measured by all of the great test they can undergo and still remain to to who they are. What that being said, 'I'm him.' I love you all. In closing I remain the same. Forever, Kevin Gates."
Gate’s wife Dreka is currently in charge of putting together his next project. Watch the video for “What If” above.