Review: Kevin Gates’ new mixtape ‘We Are Da Streetz’

This mixtape has a large range of features including Snoop Dogg, Styles P, Juvenile, Young Dolph, Alvin Gates, Curren$y and more.

Photo: Jimmy Fontaine for Atlantic Records


Kevin Gates
Photo: Jimmy Fontaine for Atlantic Records

Louisana-based rapper and Baton Rouge-born Kevin Gates, dropped his latest mixtape, ‘We Are Da Streetz’ making an impact with his and other rapper styles. This mixtape will kill the clubs. The combination of disparate Rap flows, with original beats, shape the affluence on the Hip-Hop culture. The first track, ‘Money Making Mitch’ sounds like Trap music because it quickly makes you hype. Of course, Mitch is the main character from Paid In Full, who similar to the concept of Gates’ song, is all about getting paper. The first verse artistically paints images in your head in relation to the zoo as giraffes and rabbits are mentioned in the song. Then, it smoothly transitions into goals and hustling, instilling drive to the listeners. This can easily be a club banger.

‘Mike Lowry’ has an interesting beat to the rap flows because it’s completely original. I can’t think of another song in comparison to this record. However, what is familiar in reference to the song is the name Mike Lowry, which is a character played by Will Smith in the Bad Boys sequel. The songs talk about the shenanigans Bad Boys usually get themselves into from narcotics to fast tamed money.

This mixtape is hype and it is designed for the ultimate turn-up. I mean, don’t get me wrong, the album has the ready-for-war content as well such as on the songs ‘Drop Ya Nuts’ and ‘Get It Up There’, but the music leads to hype-ness over anger. Ben Franklin is one of my favourite tracks on the album because of the aggressive and hard impacting lyrics. For the most part, every song on this mixtape commands attention. Honestly, everyone loves money and especially, the hundred dollar bills with Benjamin Franklin’s face on them.

This mixtape has a large range of features including Snoop Dogg, Styles P, Juvenile, Young Dolph, Alvin Gates, Curren$y and more. Kevin Gates even included some vocals on this mixtape to blend with the scorching heat from the long and tip-top list of rappers. If you’re interested in hearing some fine ‘sanging’ check out ‘You Don’t Love Me’ and ‘Gotta Go Get It’. Content is multifaceted including freak songs like ‘Fire Stick’, reverence such as ‘Respect’, club bangers like ‘Money Making Mitch’ or just plain fire tracks such as ‘On My Job’.

‘We Are Da Streetz’ will have everything you can expect from Kevin Gates and then some. If you haven’t heard the mixtape yet, check out the tracks above!

Written by Manny King John

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