Kevin Gates returned with “Push It” and announced his first album in over three years, I’m Him, today (June 28).
The track also comes equipped with a video, which shows Gates in amazing shape after losing over 100 pounds. It starts with a voiceover: “My biggest problem in life was overcoming myself. But once I defeated myself, the only thing left was peace.” Afterwards, we see Gates training for one of the biggest fights of his life — jogging, boxing, and eventually getting arrested.
The empowering anthem exhibits just how much personal growth Gates has achieved. “Sometimes, your biggest obstacle is you,” Gates said of the song in a statement. “A warrior’s greatest gold is truth. In the Muhammed Ali way, I’m going to show you how great I am. The idea for the video is me fighting the Old Kevin and becoming the New Kevin. I’m making the transition from a fucked-up guy with a good heart and great character traits, into a man with a great heart and no fucked-up character traits. It’s opening the process for the world to see. It starts with ‘Push It.’”
The rapper is also set to embark on some July tour dates with Cardi B; check those out below.
I’m Him is the follow-up to his 2016 platinum debut Islah and is set to be released later this year via Atlantic Records.
7/12 – Baltimore, MD – Dtlr Presents Summer Kickoff 2k19
7/23 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center *
7/24 – Wichita, KS – Intrust Arena *
7/26 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena *
7/27 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center *
7/30 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse *
7/31 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena *
* with Cardi B