The best way to understand Kevin Gates is to simply listen to his music. Since the release of Islah in January 2016, Kevin has become one of the biggest rap success stories of the year. Boasting 15 incredible tracks with no featured artists, Islah made an incredible chart debut, entering Billboard’s “Top Rap Albums” chart at #1 while also coming in at #2 on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 with sales in excess of 110,000 – the LA-based rapper’s biggest sales week to date. Gates’ acclaimed debut album Islah has received an impressive RIAA Gold Certification for sales equivalents in excess of 500,000, with its top 20 smash single, “2 Phones,” earning platinum for sales equivalents exceeding 1 million. What’s more, the album’s “Really Really” – which is now climbing charts at urban and rhythmic radio – received a gold certification award. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Kevin Gates’ Islah is the second highest selling rap album of 2016; only artist ahead of him (as of June 2016) is Drake.