Kevin Gates is known for his musical abilities, but he opened up to Mike Tyson in a big way recently. Gates revealed something that he has never come clean about in public, because he was molested as a child.
The Louisiana rapper shared a very private story with Mike Tyson on Hotboxin with Mike Tyson about a traumatic experience that he has never spoken about publicly. Tyson got the scoop as Gates explained in crushing detail about this terrible experience he went through during a very dark time in his life.
“I’mma say something, I never said this in no interview, no podcast or anything like that. I grew up real, real violent. Real aggressive. Not because I wanted to be, ’cause I was molested when I was a child.”
“I had this fear of being vulnerable so I took every kind of martial art you can take and I even boxed, I did everything. I wanted to be the toughest person on earth, but writing and making music was always an escape for me. Like, I never had the nuts to come out and say that. This my first time saying this today.”
Mike Tyson then said he “knows that route, too” and he told Gates he wanted to become “the meanest motherf*cker on the planet because someone did something to him. Gates confirmed, “yes, sir, I didn’t want it to happen again, so I became this guy.”
Kevin Gates commands a lot of respect at this time in his career, but that was a hard road to travel. It turns out that a very painful memory was hiding in the back of his head for a long time. Hopefully, through Gates’ honesty he can help inspire others.