“The inspiration behind the song 'I Don’t Give A Fuck' was really me responding to the individuals around me saying that 'I don’t give a fuck.' I was really giving a fuck in the song because I’m an individual with a big heart. I love hard," Gates tells The Juice of his "Luca Brasi Story" cut.
"IDGAF," like the rest of Gates' 9-song EP, is based on the rapper's every day life, which he continues to open up about, no matter how it's received. "Certain individuals [that I] spoke on in that song, you know, we had a relationship at one time. I looked at this individual like family," he continues. "The way that my music affects the people that I may speak about in the music, it triggers emotions, you know. It does trigger emotion, but if it happened, it happened."
"I’m a man and, when you stand up for what you believe in, you accept whatever consequences that come behind that. So, individuals do feel a certain type of way about me putting a situation in a song, but at the end of the day, if those individuals love me the way that I love them, then I’m sure they’ll find a way to understand it and accept it," he says.
Last year, Gates' "I Don't Know What to Call It Vol. 1" mixtape debuted at No. 6 on the Heatseekers - South Central chart. After a three-year prison stint, he poured all of himself into his fourth mixtape, garnering the recognition and respect of many, from his 'hood to Lil Wayne.