Kevin Gates: "They got somebody in the game right now, who got a lot of money, but I remember when he ratted. The public don’t look at it like that, but I look at it like that. You’re still a rat. Not in a bad way, they got a lot of rats out here really getting money. At the same time I can’t respect you because you don’t live by the codes that I live by. So whatever anybody might say about me, whatever, I never told on anyone. Call me whatever you want, don’t call me a rat. You can’t call me a rat.

"I just know who I am. I look in the mirror, I know who I am. I know what I can do and what I can’t do. I know what I’m not going to do, I know what I stand for. I have set parameters for myself.

"I made a lot of mistakes and i’m got a lot of new mistakes to make. i’m going to make a lot of them tomorrow, and a lot after that. As long as I don’t make the same mistake. Life is trial and error. The good thing about life, people make mistakes and hopefully you learn from them.

"Why would I regret? That’s like I go fuck a fine hoe and she give me AIDS. I still knocked her big fine ass off before I got AIDS though. It was just my end of the spectrum, I should wrapped it up, but hey, fuck it. I’m not going to cry about the shit. It’s going to be what it’s going to be. I don’t live with regrets. When I was doing whatever I was doing, I was enjoying it. Why would I be regretting something that I’m enjoying. I enjoyed myself. Before I went to jail, I enjoyed myself, I don’t care what nobody say. I got memories. My life is exciting.

"[Music] is a release for me. It’s the only thing that truly makes me happy. The moment that I’m making music—not with people asking me questions. I hate that. I hate when people ask me questions. When I’m making music is the only time that I’m happy. Any other time I deal with depression. That’s my only way of dealing with my depression.

"All I can do is make the best music I can make today, who cares about what’s going to happen tomorrow. Who cares. I might not be here. I know what I want. I’m not hard to please. It don’t take a lot to make me happy. As long as I can do what I’m doing I’m cool. I can do that, do my little drugs, I’m good.