JMBLYA Presents: Kevin Gates


Straight out of Baton Rouge, Kevin Gates first started rapping in 2005 when he met fellow Louisiana natives Webbie and Lil Boosie. Gates would then make his debut in 2007 with his mixtape Pick of da Litter, and release other projects titled All In and I Don’t Know What to Call It, Vol. 1 over the next few years. Gates then received national attention in 2008 when he was on a song titled “Get in the Way” with Lil Boosie. Soon after the song was released, Gates and Boosie would both be incarcerated in separate cases.

In a personal interview with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg, Gates said, “I received my Masters in Psychology in prison. I got my ACT in prison. I did all of that in jail.” As for how much time he actually spent locked up, he says, “That’s a lot of years, I been in and out since a child. This is the culture of Louisiana. They have more people locked up in the state of Louisiana than any other country in the world. It’s very poverty-stricken. So being in and out jail is a way of life for most poverty-stricken individuals. I don’t wanna say young black males, so I’ll just say young males. But the majority is like 99% black, overcrowded prison systems.”

After his release in 2011, Gates spent many years on the mixtape circuit. In 2013, everything changed quickly when Gates dropped the popular The Luca Brasi Story mixtape. Even though, the success of Gates’ music had been slowly gaining traction, and he was already a cult phenomenon in Louisiana, the release of Luca Brasi Story would turn him into a hip-hop critical darling. In 2013, Gates signed a major label deal with Atlantic Records.

Gates would now move on to completing his contract with the indie imprint Breadwinners Association by also releasing Stranger Than Fiction in 2013. The album debuted at number 37 on the Billboard 200 chart with features from stars like Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Starlito. He followed up a successful year by releasing a project in 2014 titled By Any Means, a free album that debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200.

In 2015 Gates released a song titled “Kno One,” which was included on Gates’ debut studio album, Islah, later released January 29 this year. The album was inspired by his daughter, whose name is Islah, a word that mean “to make better.”

Listen to some of Kevin Gates’ material below before you head out to see him shut down JMBLYA 2016. Get your tickets here.

JMBLYA Presents: Post Malone

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Post Malone is one of hip-hop’s latest, random successes. The Dallas native hit over 41 million streams on Soundcloud with his debut track “White Iverson,” effectively busting into the scene.  

After getting his name out in early 2015 with “White Iverson,” produced by FKi, he followed up with his solid tracks “Too Young,” “What’s Up,” and “Tear$.” In August he signed to Republic Records, proving to be more than a one-hit wonder.  

Beyond his singles, Malone has been featured on tracks with artists such as Lil Uzi, Mac Miller, 50 Cent, Zuse, Gucci Mane, Riff Raff, Lil B and Kanye West. His latest feature on Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo getting the most hype. Post has surely thrived within his first year, which makes us super excited for what is next as we anxiously await a full-length, debut album from the young MC.

Austin Post, better known as Post Malone was born in Syracuse, New York and was raised in Dallas, Texas, which is evident in his love for both country and rap music. After hitting expert mode on Guitar Hero, Post Malone picked up the guitar and taught himself how to play, inspired by classical rock artists such as AC/DC and Metallica. His Guitar Hero inspired interest later led him to joining a hardcore band in high school, where he eventually began to produce music. The rapper picked up hip-hop after his dad gave him a copy of Terror Squad’s hit “Lean Back.” Post Malone worked with Dallas-based music company IRAS, until he made the move to the West Coast and landed in Los Angeles.

Post Malone has surely impressed us with his quick come up as he is set to headline Bonnaroo Music Festival later this year and join Justin Bieber on his upcoming tour. Be sure to check out Malone as one of the latest artists to hit the JMBLYA stage.

Over Here – Rae Sremmurd [Video]

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Hot off endless memorable SXSW performances this week, the dynamic duo Rae Sremmurd presents us with a visual for their new banger “Over Here.” The interactive video is brought to us by Doritos and allows you to connect your phones with your friends in order to see the visual on a larger scale. Peep the link on your mobile device here.

Revenge of The Dreamers II- J. Cole & Dreamville [Early Release]


Dreamville announced earlier this week that they would be releasing their second installment for December 11th. But, it looks like as of early this morning, they have decided to bless us with an early release of Revenge of the Dreamers II  today and is now readily available to cop on iTunes.

Travis Scott vs. Nardwuar [Video]







Travis Scott paid a visit to the all-knowing & infamous Nardwuar during his recent tour stop in Vancouver, British Columbia. He speaks on everything from art, Spanish online casino teachers, Buccees, and a guest appearance from his DJ Chase B who you may have seen on tour with him, as well at this year’s JMBLYA. Peep the video to get an inside look of the intricacies of La Flame, his inspirations, and some good laughs.



Casey Veggies released another track before his upcoming album Live & Grow, set to come out Sept. 25. Following his last release “Organic Freestyle,” “Anybody” features Casey taking command of a solid, slightly funky beat produced by Sap. Whether or not this track is on the upcoming album, it certainly gets fans pumped for the album’s release and shows that Casey Veggies might be more than just anybody.