Rapper Kevin Gates wants to scare kids straight after his release from prison, on Wednesday. His lawyer says he will dedicate his time sharing his story in hopes others won’t follow into his footsteps.

This is all very admirable, what rapper Kevin Gates is planning on doing, according to his lawyer’s words to TMZ. Attorney Herschel Rush is confident that his client will turn things around this time.

Rush told TMZ that the 31-year-old rapper has already contacted a number of organizations, among which Boys & Girls Club, for a collaboration in the near future. His hopes is to be able to share his story, his bad decisions that led up to his arrest and to scare straight kids who are on the same path as he was.

Gates was arrested for an outstanding weapons-related warrant in the spring of 2017, in Chicago, just after he had been released from jail for a previous sentence. He was incarcerated in Florida for 5 months – his original sentence was 6 months – for assaulting a woman during one of his 2015 shows.

He had a bond hearing in mid-April 2017, at the Bridgeview Courthouse in Illinois, but the judge denied him bail. The reasons for the bail denial were remained unclear. He remained behind bars at the Kendall County Jail.

Even though Gates was sentenced to 30 months in jail this time around, from which he only served 9 months. He will be out on parole on Wednesday, January 10.

The rapper has been in trouble with the law since 1999, when he was 13. At the time, he was arrested for being a passenger in a vehicle that was stolen. He says that the time he spent in jail at that young age, even though brief, triggered his criminal behavior. “Me going into jail at such a young age—all it did was criminalize me in a sense”.

In 2003 he stabbed a man during an altercation in front of a theater, for which he went back to jail. Then, between 2008 and 20011 he has been incarcerated for possession of a firearm around a controlled dangerous substance.

Kevin Gates (real name Kevin Jerome Gilyard) is best known for his 2016 album, Islah, released in January 2016. Islah landed at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

He is married to his longtime girlfriend Dreka Haynes since October 2015. They have two kids together, Islah and Khaza.

 

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