SOURCE: Atlantic Records

May 06, 2014 10:00 ET

Kevin Gates Announces Epic US Trek; "By Any Means Tour" to Get Underway July 15th in Houston; Support on All Dates From Chevy Woods; Baton Rouge-Based MC Included in XXL's Prestigious "XXL Freshmen 2014"; New Mixtape Among the Year's Best Reviewed; "BY ANY MEANS" Available Now

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 6, 2014) - Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic recording artist Kevin Gates has announced plans for a major US tour. The "By Any Means Tour" gets underway July 15th in Houston and travels through late August (see below itinerary). Support comes from special guest Chevy Woods. Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, May 7th at 10:00am local market time. Fans can get first access to the presale and the opportunity to meet Kevin in-person by signing up for his mailing list here: http://bit.ly/1rYFyMZ. All remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 9th at 10:00am EDT.

Furthermore, a "By Any Means Tour" VIP bundle will also be available during the pre-sale, with extras including a special meet & greet with Kevin Gates as well as access to exclusive "By Any Means Tour" merchandise. For complete details and to register for Gates' mailing list, visit this link: http://bit.ly/Rl5cOP.

In other news, Gates has been selected as one of XXL Magazine's "XXL Freshmen 2014," the prestigious annual "class" of hip-hop's rising new stars. The Baton Rouge-based rapper celebrated by joining his fellow Freshmen on last night's installment of BET's 106 & Park, where they revealed the upcoming issue's eagerly anticipated cover.

The upcoming tour celebrates Gates' extraordinary new mixtape, "BY ANY MEANS," which is highlighted by such buzz tracks as "Arm and Hammer," "Don't Know," "Amnesia (Feat. Doe B)," and "Bet I'm On It (Feat. 2 Chainz)." In addition to the aforementioned 2 Chainz and the late, great Doe B, "BY ANY MEANS" further features collaborations with such hip-hop superstars as Plies and Rico Love, as well as top producers and beatmakers like Jim Jonsin, Dun Deal, V12 The Hitman, Beewirks, Honorable C.N.O.T.E., and The Runners.

"BY ANY MEANS" has quickly proven among the most acclaimed hip-hop releases of 2014. "Easily the most complex, confounding, and fascinating gangster rap record of the year so far," declared Complex. "(Gates) lays down more creative and interesting rap melodies than just about anybody, Drake and them included." "Breathtaking," agreed The Fader. "Gates imbues (tracks like 'Bet I'm On It' and 'Don't Know') with raw emotional honesty and generous glimpses into his personal life." "Lyrically dexterous in the manner of older Southern giants like Bun B and 8Ball," declared the New York Times, while Rolling Stone raved, "The 28-year-old Baton Rouge, Louisiana, artist raps, sings and harmonizes, often alternating between vocal modes within a verse, exuding a gritty earthiness that sets him apart from contemporary crooners like Future and Rich Homie Quan...(Gates) writes lyrics with passion and humility and speaks honestly about a rough life that has included multiple stretches in prison." "One of the realest MCs in the game right now," decreed XXL, "someone who's both genuine and sincere...on 'BY ANY MEANS,' he comes off worthy of the acclaim, spitting vivid street stories that range from gut-wrenching to endearing all while demonstrating a serious knack for songwriting." "Packed with uptempo anthems and chest-pumping bravado," noted Pitchfork, adding, "with 'BY ANY MEANS,' (Kevin Gates) completes a three-release run that's as solid as any in recent memory." Perhaps Vibe summed it up best: "If there's one rapper that more people need to be talking about, it's Kevin Gates."

For more, please see www.kvngates.com, www.twitter.com/kevin_gates, instagram.com/iamkevingates, www.youtube.com/user/kevingatesTV, and www.atlanticrecords.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

 
 
KEVIN GATES
"BY ANY MEANS TOUR 2014"
Joined by special guest Chevy Woods on all dates except*
 

JULY
15
Houston, TX Warehouse Live
16 Austin, TX Scoot Inn
17 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
18 Dallas, TX Trees
19 Abilene, TX Lucky Mule Saloon
20 Oklahoma City, OK Club Vibe
22 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
23 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
24 Los Angeles, CA Roxy
25 Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room
26 San Diego, CA Porter's Pub
28 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst
29 Sacramento, CA Assembly
30 Oakland New Parish

AUGUST
1
Seattle, WA Crocodile
2 Portland, OR Roseland (Peter's Room)
6 Denver, CO Other Side
7 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
8 Davenport, IA Dance Land
10 Indianapolis, IN Suite 38
12 Chicago, IL Reggie's
13 Lansing, MI Fahrenheit Ultra
14 Detroit, MI Shelter
15 Columbus, OH Skully's
16 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar*
19 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
21 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
22 Washington, DC Fillmore
23 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle
24 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
26 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
27 Little Rock, AR Shooter's
28 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity
29 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
30 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
     
     

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