Get the HookUP

{April 9, 2010}  


“ I was 7 years old and it was one dark, cold night in the city,  I remember hearing shots fired , cars speeding off in the distance and parents grabbing their kids to get them out of harms way. My farther standing directly in front of me holding an automatic machine gun along with a few other guys.  Later, my father told my mom that he was in a shoot out over an unpaid debt. Bleeding from a bullet wound to his leg my father refused to go to the hospital saying, “I need to get my money at all cost!” This was when I realized the kind of jungle I was living in. You could say this was an everyday part of life and to expect anything different from me would be too far fetched!”

 Coming up in the Notorious Young’s Park Projects often meant conforming to the ways of the streets or being a victim. In a place where shootouts, police chases and heartache rule the day, It’s amazing that anyone makes it out alive. But for GATES, the allure of the billion dollar music world was always more attractive than the underworld. During his early years, he quickly realized that his mother couldn’t afford to give him the finer things in life and pay the bills, so he soon stretched out on his own. Luckily, music and basketball would prevent GATES from straying too far down the wrong path. Even though he was only an arm’s length away, the streets were never really his thing. While his counterparts used the flash and the money from the street life to get the ladies attention, GATES relied on his wicked crossover, a mean flow and his hustler’s ambition to do the same. After seeing his older brother squander away talent in exchange for the street life, GATES vowed to never fall victim to that. After finishing high school and not being able to afford college, he soon realized that basketball wouldn’t be his meal ticket. Armed with a desire for a change and the knowledge that there was more money to be made outside of the hood than within, GATES followed the direction of a childhood friend and joined the military. While there for 3 years, not only did he perfect his gift of rhyme but he also strengthened his foundation with his childhood crew, now calling themselves the PaperBoyz. With a ton of shows under his belt, a debut album on the horizon, and burgeoning indie label, the only natural thing to do was leave the military and pursue music full-time. From the sounds of his hot new single, FRESH and Teen Spirit, GATES is ready to rule the airways.  It’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name.

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