On Wednesday (April 26), the “2 Phones” rapper pleaded guilty to a felony gun charge after his bail was denied earlier this month at a Bridgeview Courthouse hearing. Sources tell TMZ that the embattled MC will be transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections.
In 2015, Gates allegedly kicked a female fan during a Florida concert. After he was charged with battery, he was found guilty and was sentenced to 180 days in prison. Gates was on the cusp of freedom last month after his sentence was trimmed down. As he was about to be released, cops spotted an outstanding weapons-related warrant in his files. Gates was arrested and sent back to jail.
Despite his mishap, he released his reflective track “What If” at the top of April. The record prompted Gates’ wife, Dreka Haynes, to write a lengthy Instagram post regarding her husband’s struggles.
“To everyone that’s rooting for Kevin right, THANK YOU, but PLEASE shift your thoughts, prayers, energy, etc. towards the idea of being home and enjoying life as a free man,” Haynes wrote in the since-deleted post. “Do NOT dwell on the things that have been put out by the media. Their only goal in anything is to grab/seek attention, not necessarily to release information that is FACTUAL.”
Billboard has reached out to Kevin Gates’ rep for comment.