Success and Recording with Lil Wayne
Kevin Gates: "You’ve got to move different. When you go from being a boss, to being a prince, to being a don, you’ve go to move different. I never wanted to be a King. Kings get their head cut off. I holler “Kevin Gates for president” all the time. Let me be the president of the streets. That’s really where I’m at with it. Somebody could take something from my music, it maybe gave them enlightenment. I painted a great picture. I gave insight to a world they will never live in. I did my part. I don’t look at myself as something bigger than what’s going on around me. I just look at myself as the small piece of the puzzle.
"It’s just something that always stuck. That’s just been a part of my campaign, Kevin Gates for president. Forever I will be campaigning. If they were ever to elect that a position, I’m going to always put a mixtape in somebody's hand, tell them “Look, Kevin Gates for president”. That’s one thing with me, I’ll never let go of my grind. Never. Even when everybody knows me, there’s more that can be done. I’ll never get in the mindset that we made it. Cause we never made it. I didn’t have a plan.
"To be honest, I never see the attention. Right now, I’m about to go in the hotel, I’m probably going to make a few phone calls and look for a studio to get in. I don’t get to see the attention. I don’t walk in the mall and people say “Hey, Kevin,” I don’t get to see that. I’m sorry if my attitude will never be, “Man, you’re hot right now,” I wouldn’t know yet. I ain’t been to the MGM Grand yet, I haven’t performed there yet. I’m not doing that touring outside of the United States so i don’t know.
"I’m just going to do whatever it do. Somebody call me and say “Hey, you want to do a show in Japan,” then I guess I’m going to be there. I don’t look at it like that, because if i start saying I want to get outside my state, I’m going to start doing things to grab fans outside of the state I’m in, and I don’t want to do that. I want you to gravitate towards me organically, I don’t want to have to shout out or say a certain landmark in your city to make you listen to me, No. I want to make good music and people are going to listen to me because I make great music. That’s all it’s got to be. Great music and everything else will fall into place.
"Came out of jail, met a few people, met [Lil] Wayne. Me and him sat down and we talked, and I look at Tunechi like a coach almost, so to say. We recorded together a few times, a few times."