Per TMZ, Gates is set to be released next Wednesday (Jan. 10) after serving nine months on a weapons charge. The outlet spoke to an employee of the Illinois Department of Correction and reported that "his release conditions include mandatory supervision and no possession of firearms." His discharge date without parole was also pushed up to January 2019, as noted by Uproxx.
The "2 Phones" rapper was sentenced in April 2017 to serve 30 months on a weapons charge. Gates had previously been serving a 180-day sentence beginning in October 2016 after he was convicted of misdemeanor battery for kicking a woman in the chest during a concert. Gates claimed self-defense and cited Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law. He was due to be released when the outstanding weapons warrant was discovered.
While in prison, Gates managed to keep up his prolific output, releasing the mixtape, By Any Means 2, in September 2017, as well as a video for the single "What If."
He also shared a message with his fans through Instagram. "A great person is measured by all of the great test[s] they can undergo and still remain true to who they are," the rapper wrote.
Fans are clamoring for Gates' release and have voiced their opinions on Twitter.
The only good thing about 2018 is that it's another year closer to the release of Bobby Shmurda and Kevin Gates— 🇲🇽6'2onio🎉 (@JAAVRGS) January 1, 2018
8 days till Kevin Gates is on parole 😭😭😭🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #FREEMYDAD— 👸🏾🌬🍃🤞🏾 (@Tamery_rene) January 3, 2018
If they let kevin gates out on parole this month imma just cry son omm 😭— 🇲🇽princesa🇫🇷 (@Theylovee_Dee) January 3, 2018
If there's one safe assumption, it's that Gates won't keep his diehards waiting long for new music.