Kevin Gates, OG Boobie Black, Geaux Yella & Jay Lewis | Bottom Lounge | Hip-Hop | Chicago Reader

Kevin Gates, OG Boobie Black, Geaux Yella & Jay Lewis 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Sold Out (Music) Soundboard Image

When: Sat., Nov. 28, 9 p.m. 2015

You know you’ve got a hip-hop hit on your hands when there’s a queue of rappers waiting to record remixes or refer to it in their own tracks. You also know it’s a hit when the title becomes the name of a new energy drink. It’s true the “I Don’t Get Tired” energy drink—which Houston’s Candyman Vending Services slots in machines around Texas—came to life with input from 29-year-old Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates. An exuberant ode to dedicating yourself to the grind, Gates’s track “I Don’t Get Tired” appears on last year’s mixtape Luca Brasi 2, which the powerful DJ Drama tagged for his long-running Gangsta Grillz series. It debuted in the upper fourth of the Billboard 200, and it still has wheels—plus Chance the Rapper, who appeared with Gates on the cover of XXL’s 2014 “Freshman Class” issue, references it on his latest single, “Angels.” Though Gates has earned accolades with his deep and ever-growing catalog, he still raps with the hunger and pent-up emotion of an ambitious, cash-strapped unknown whose back hurts from sleeping on a leaky air mattress. “Emotionally I’m an introvert, but it comes off as aggression,” the MC with the tattooed baby face croons on “Perfect Imperfection.” Gates raps about dark subjects with an equally dark manner, but he’s also able to stir up feelings with subtle changes in his gritty voice. On the few singles he’s released from his forthcoming Islah (Breadwinners Association) he’s been able to keep his emotions high and in service of strong hooks and thoughtful rapping.

Leor Galil

Price: sold out

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