Now with a strong team and new goals, Gates is ready to break out the gates and place his name among the best freshman in hip-hop.
Popolitickin.com caught up with the up and comer Gates to talk about how he got into hip-hop, his influences and his music.
Popolitickin: How did you get into hip-hop?
Gates: Been doing it since 3rd grade. I did a contest back in the day and I did well. People liked it and it kinda just stuck with me from there
Popolitickin.com: A lot of people start off thinking this will be their career, and then they fall off. What kept you going?
Gates: Seeing the feedback. It’s been from the point where people started asking me if I had material or anything to buy.
Popolitickin.com: What do you have coming down the pipes right now?
Gates: A couple of things. EP coming in March follows up to the “Cook-up Season.” Part 1 is online now
Popolitickin.com: Describe your style for those who haven’t heard you yet?
Gates: I’m from Virginia. I sound southern. Music wise, I put together good wordplay and metaphors. Make songs that you can party to and are still lyrical
Popolitickin.com: What’s it like being an indie artist right now?
Gates: It’s tough. I knew people who were signed when they did artist development. Now you have to create your own buzz, put out your own video. Being an indie, it’s a little easier to do with the internet now. It’s easier to compete
Popolitickin.com: What about the majors? Are you looking for a major deal?
Gates: Right now I’m in grind mode. If a major came with the right deal, then we can do something. If they came right I wouldn’t turn it down
Interview done by Mehka, check him out at twitter.com/mehkaveilli