SOURCE: Atlantic Records

December 15, 2014 10:00 ET

Kevin Gates Unleashes "LUCA BRASI 2"; Baton Rouge-Based MC Follows Acclaimed "BY ANY MEANS" With Hugely Anticipated DJ Drama Mixtape; Highlights Include "I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT) (Feat. August Alsina)" and Breakout Buzz Tracks, "John Gotti" and "Perfect Imperfection"; "LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE" Available at Last on Monday, December 15th

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 15, 2014) - Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic recording artist Kevin Gates has announced today's release of his eagerly awaited new mixtape, "LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE." The collection, which follows the Baton Rouge-based MC's acclaimed "BY ANY MEANS," will be available at all digital retailers starting today Monday, December 15th including iTunes (http://smarturl.it/LucaBrasi2).

"LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE" marks the latest installment of DJ Drama's "GANGSTA GRILLZ" series, the hugely successful mixtape franchise that has previously seen collections from such southern hip hop heavyweights as T.I., Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Jeezy. In addition to its official release, a free version of "LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE" -- featuring Drama's unforgettable style of mixtape commentary and banter throughout -- is also available via DatPiff.com.

"LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE" includes the phenomenal anthem, "I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT) (Feat. August Alsina)," which caused a social media movement earlier this year. Gates' use of the phrase, "I Don't Get Tired," followed by #IDGT -- both of which represent his overall attitude as a rapper and parent with a relentless hardworking attitude -- has been used over half a million times on Instagram alone, with countless other placements on other social media platforms. A companion video for the unrelenting anthem will be released soon.

Furthermore, "LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE" is highlighted by such buzz tracks as the introspective and emotional "Perfect Imperfection" and the street anthem "John Gotti," and features appearances from such rising stars as Rich Homie Quan, Boobie Black, Rico Love, and K. Camp (see attached track listing and production credits).

Gates -- who recently completed a near entirely sold-out U.S. headlining tour in support of "BY ANY MEANS" followed by another stateside trek alongside labelmate B.o.B on his "No Genre Tour" -- first broke out big-time with 2013's masterful mixtape, "THE LUCA BRASI STORY." The set -- alongside featured roles on tracks like Pusha T's "Trust You" -- earned the Baton Rouge-based MC both popular success and widespread critical acclaim for his extraordinary emotional power and melodic invention, ultimately leading to a new partnership between Atlantic Records and his own Bread Winners' Association. In addition, "THE LUCA BRASI STORY" was named by Rolling Stone as one of the "20 Best Hip Hop Albums of 2013," with the mixtape's "Wylin'," ranked in the top 40 of the "100 Best Songs of 2013" ranking.

"BY ANY MEANS" arrived in March 2014 and immediately affirmed Gates as a major force. The mixtape landed at # 3 on Billboard's "Top Rap Albums" chart and at #17 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200, with sales nearly doubling his previous first week sales record.

What's more, "BY ANY MEANS" quickly proved itself to be among the most acclaimed hip-hop releases of 2014 and landed Gates a spot on the XXL Magazine's renowned annual list of up-and-coming hip-hop artists, the "XXL Freshmen 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.

(TRACK LISTING + PRODUCTION CREDITS BELOW)

KEVIN GATES
"LUCA BRASI 2: A GANGSTA GRILLZ SPECIAL EDITION MIXTAPE"
(Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic)
Release Date: December 15th

TRACK LISTING + PRODUCTION CREDITS

1. Luca Brasi Intro
Produced by Big Hurt Tracks

2. I Don't Get Tired (#IDGT) (Feat. August Alsina)
Produced by Nic Nac and Mark Kragen

3. John Gotti
Produced by Red On Da Track & Capo Red

4. Perfect Imperfection
Produced by Red On Da Track & Touchdown

5. Plug Daughter
Produced by Beat Zombie

6. Out The Mud
Produced by The Runners and The Monarch

7. Thugged Out (Feat. Boobie Black)
Produced by Rico Love & Diego Ave

8. Sit Down
Produced by Bobby Johnson

9. Complaining (feat. Rico Love)
Produced by Rico Love & Dwayne "D-Town" Nesmith

10. Talk On Phones
Produced by B.o.B

11. Wassup With It
Produced by Kane Beatz, JMIKE and TODAY for The Building Productions

12. Don't Panic
Produced by Earl E & Diego Ave

13. Break The Bitch Down (feat. K Camp)
Produced by The Freshm3n III & Go Grizzly

14. In My Feelings
Produced by P-Lo of The Invasion and Mark Nilan, Jr.

15. Pourin The Syrup
Produced by Jaque Beats

16. Wild Ride
Produced by Deezy & Prezident Jeff

17. Word Around Town (Feat. Rich Homie Quan)
Produced by The Featherstones

18. Makin Love
Produced by Beat Zombie

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