Sat, Oct 02|
Horizon Events Center
Kevin Gates - Khaza Tour
Kevin Gates with special guests DDG and Gang51e June will be performing on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021.
Time & Location
Oct 02, 2021, 6:00 PM
Horizon Events Center, 2100 Northwest 100th Street, Clive, IA, USA
About The Event
DOORS: 6:00 PM // SHOW: 7:00 PM
About Kevin Gates
Kevin Gates transformed into one of the most impactful and inimitable rappers in the game by simply being Kevin Gates.
Nearly 15 years into an unbelievable career, he doesn’t chase trends. He doesn’t censor himself. He doesn’t hold back. Instead, he speaks his mind and fulfills every promise. It’s why the Baton Rouge, LA native has racked up 15 billion streams, 6 billion views, and dozens of multiplatinum, platinum, and gold certifications. It’s why he’s logged four Top 5 entries on the Billboard Top 200 in addition to seven Top 5 entries on both the Top Rap Albums Chart and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Charts. It’s why he’s sold out successive headline tours, delivered show-stopping sets at Rolling Loud and JMBLYA, and ignited arenas with Cardi B. It’s why he’s received various high-profile award nominations. It’s why he’s reached rarified air, emerging as second best-selling hip-hop artist of 2016 only behind Drake. It’s why he’s also spawned countless think pieces. Among those, Pitchfork described 2019’s gold-certified I’m Him as “another showcase for the Baton Rouge rapper’s fully formed and gloriously weird personality” and praised, “The hooks are magnificent, his most boisterous and fine-tuned since Islah.”
As always, he doesn’t compromise on 2021’s Only the Generals Part II [Breadwinners Association/Atlantic Records] and more music on the horizon. The new project is a sequel to 2019’s Only the Generals Gon Understand, which upon release, debuted Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop Albums & Top Rap Albums charts.
“When I’m making music, the thing that goes through my mind the most is, ‘This is fun. I’m having a blast’,” he confesses. “For the first time in my life, I’m doing it the way I want to do it, and I’m having fun with it. When you compromise, you slow down. We can agree to disagree, but I can’t compromise who I am. When you want to appease others, you sacrifice great music. You feel yourself dying inside. I love this shit. I’m always going to make music. I get up, work out, and train hard because I want to be one of the greatest artists ever. I’m going to be the best version of Kevin Gates I can ever be. I’ve never had this kind of hunger. Man, I’m a living legend. I am,” he assures with a grin.
This hunger continues to define his output. Throughout 2020, he dropped a string of fan favorite tracks, including The Road to Fast 9 standout “Convertible Burt” with Tory Lanez, “Weeks,” and “Power” with Dermot Kennedy. The super sexy video for the latter co-starred his wife and longtime partner Dreka and quickly generated 13 million-plus views. He also turned his attention towards the future, by looking back.
Celebrating his Puerto Rican heritage, he decamped to Puerto Rico in order to create and record.
“They call Puerto Rico ‘La Isla Del Encanto,’ which means ‘The Island of Enchantment’,” he explains. “The energy here is beautiful. I’m maybe an hour outside of the city, recording in a private villa in the jungle. My inspiration behind coming here was the people in my family. They talk about it with a spirit. There’s magic to it. The music I made here is like no other. The island makes you move with energy, and I could feel my grandmother’s spirit around me. It’s just where the fuck I came from.”
He introduced Only The Generals Part II with the song “Plug Daughter 2,” a follow up to his original, "Plug Daughter." On the track produced by Internet Money founder Taz Taylor [XXXtentacion, Big Sean], heavenly keys underscore a magnetic hook punctuated by a high register harmony. His smooth delivery glides over a bed of 808s before he tears through the beat with tenacity.
“To be a general, you’re on the frontline, but you still govern,” he goes on. “Whether you’re a man, a woman, or a child, you’ve got responsibilities. When you’re a general, you recognize those responsibilities. This project speaks to the heart, so it’s only for the generals. It’s not an album. I just wanted to bless the game with something beautiful.”
Speaking of beautiful, he intertwines Spanish and English over acoustic guitar on a personal favorite “Puerto Rico Luv.” Then, there’s “Fairytale.” His melodic vocals belie the intensity of the track’s storytelling where he confronts childhood trauma while he pleads, “Asking God to send my unicorn, still believe in fairy tales.”
“I think it will be shocking to all of my listeners, because I speak on a subject matter I’ve never spoken on before,” he says. “I know it’s going to help heal a lot of people who have undergone the same type of trauma. It’s medicine music.”
It also signals another rebirth for Kevin Gates and the dawn of a new era.
“For all of the people who want to know what I’m doing and what direction I’m headed in, I don’t know,” he admits. “It’s okay to not know. I just know that I’m truly following my heart for the first time. In doing so, I’m feeling my way through. I don’t know where I’m going, but I know I’m on the right path. It’s a beautiful journey.”
He’s only gotten better at being Kevin Gates.
Ambition places us within striking distance of success.
DDG always exhibited an impressive amount of ambition, to say the least. Competitive even in high school, the Pontiac, MI native born Darryl Dwayne Granberry, Jr. leapt to the head of his senior class as valedictorian. Hustling content at a head-spinning pace, he took over YouTube with a staggering 9 million cumulative subscribers and nearly half-a-billion total views by the top of 2021. The self-made multimillionaire brandished just as much (if not more) hunger on the microphone though. Through a tireless grind, he ultimately realized his destiny as a rapper with a series of gold-selling bangers, hundreds of millions of streams, critical acclaim, and a diehard fan base. Planning a 2021 project with producer OG Parker [Chris Brown, Migos, YFN Lucci] as well as more music on the horizon, his determination only grows with each and every move.
In 2016, he introduced himself as an artist with the Zaytoven-produced “Balenciagas” and “Free Parties.” Gaining traction, 2017 saw him link up with Famous Dex for the wavy “Lettuce”. Increasing buzz, it set the stage for his 2018 independent project, Take Me Serious, which hinted at the full scope of his artistry. On the strength of melodic anthems such as “Givenchy,” he sent fans into a frenzy as they demanded more music. Under a high-profile deal between his own DDG Entertainment and Epic Records, he delivered a year later with his aptly titled full-length debut album VALEDICTORIAN. Beyond dynamic collaborations with Queen Naija, G Herbo, and YBN Nahmir, among others, the lead single “ARGUMENTS” picked up his first gold plaque. The album also attracted plugs from Complex, Billboard, HipHopDX, and HotNewHipHop who promised, “DDG comes through.”
In 2020, he certainly came through again. DDG’s blockbuster breakout single “Moonwalking In Calabasas (Remix)” [feat. BLUEFACE] racked up 100 million-plus streams and 40 million views on its music video in less than year. Nearly every major hip-hop playlist touted the song, including Rap Life, Rap Rotation, and Rap Caviar where it ruled at #1 three times. It also notably marked his first Billboard Hot 100 hit. Never one to let a statement-making opportunity go to waste, he capitalized on the excitement surrounding “Moonwalking In Calabasas” with yet another remix featuring YG. In the aftermath, he appeared in features by the likes of Esquire and more, while Lyrical Lemonade professed him to be a “Rap Star in the Making.” Locking into an undeniable flow, DDG’s often provocative and consistently catchy bars instantly shine on the track, illuminating his evolution as an artist all-around.
However, he steadily continues to progress. With smashes to his name and a larger-than-life personality to boot, he takes the next step on the road to superstardom in 2021. He unites with OG Parker for their joint project and has also begun to plot his second solo album.
Ultimately, DDG’s ambition has elevated him to the forefront of the culture where he’ll remain for a very long time to come.
About Gang51e June
The multifaceted Tulsa, Oklahoma-bred rapper carries the message of hope on his back. With unruly obstacles at home, growing up was never easy for GANG51E JUNE. The oldest of five, he got nicknamed “The Hope” by his grandmother who always believed he was the one who had a chance of making it out of Tulsa. Growing up, GANG51E JUNE started writing poems and singing with his grandmother at church and became real in-tune with himself through spiritual practice. Once GANG51E JUNE started releasing music, he realized that he is not only the hope of his family but also his city. Inspired by legendary artists like Tupac and Nipsey Hussle, GANG51E JUNE longs to be played in family households for generations. He strives to teach through positive messaging and breaks stereotypical boundaries for rappers of his generation. He believes in a sober lifestyle and is optimistic about paving the way for the generation after him. Not stopping there, GANG51E JUNE sets himself apart from other artists by contributing to the industry in several different ways. Before taking music seriously, he engineered for artists across his city and has also directed and edited each of his own music videos. Planning strategically each and every move, this 22-year-old artist feels the industry needs something different. In a world where most artists sound alike, GANG51E JUNE plans on giving his fans something they have never heard before by simply just telling his story. With a daughter on the way, he stays motivated knowing his music inspires people from all walks of life who have had similar struggles. GANG51E JUNE is in a heartening mindset that he plans on presenting in his upcoming project. Be on the lookout for more music on the way.