Kevin Gates is one of the hottest rappers in the rap game right now. Gates started from the bottom, and he has risen to the top through hard work, dedication, and natural talent. However, his rise to fame has been mostly reliant on the support of his wife, Dreka Gates.
Kevin released his first mixtape, Pick of Da Litter, alongside fellow Baton Rouge natives Webbie and Boosie Badazz. He released his next mixtape, All or Nuthin’ in 2008 and his career looked to be on the rise. However, he spent 31 months in prison between 2008 and 2011.
His time in prison delayed his progression in music. However, he used his time in prison to earn a master’s degree in psychology. In 2013, he released another mixtape titled, The Luca Brasi Story.
Dreka Gates has been a constant source of support for Kevin Gates. She motivates him to be the best he can be, and she handles his business. Dreka helped maintain Kevin as a relevant artist during his stints in prison. The rap industry can take a toll on an artist, but Dreka has managed to see Kevin through to superstardom.
Keep reading to find out more about Dreka Gates.
She is one of Kevin Gates’ booking managers
When Dreka met Kevin, he was a part time rapper. He mostly did rapping for fun. However, after a while, Kevin told Dreka that he wanted to become a full-time rapper.
Kevin’s revelation inspired Dreka to help him succeed. Dreka gathered all the information she could about making it as a rapper. She read books, and she talked to people in the industry. She watched what other booking managers did, and she tried to do the same for Kevin.
However, it wasn’t easy. She confessed to The Source;
“Then again, people in the industry shut you out…Yet, all the while I learned any and everything I could learn about the industry on my own because nobody is just going to say, ‘Hey come on let me show you the ropes!’ That’s just not going to happen.”
The industry forced Dreka to forge her own path. The plan was to publicize Kevin’s music as much as she could. Eventually, she managed to sign Kevin up for a few shows. Dreka targeted promoters who were interested in booking upcoming talents.
Meanwhile, Kevin worked hard in the studio, and people loved his music. In 2010, Kevin and Dreka founded the Bread Winner’s Association record label. It was a huge milestone for the couple. The success tasted sweeter for Kevin, who had recorded his first songs in a room in his grandmother’s house.
Dreka continues her stellar work as Kevin’s booking manager up to today. It’s easier for her to book shows now that Kevin is famous. However, she hasn’t forgotten the initial rejection she got from people in the industry. She told The Source;
“It’s like now that people know who I am or know who we are, and they know who Kevin is and now you want to fuck with me? It’s like, ‘No, I’ll just stay doing what I’ve been doing and that’s just what it is.’”
She stood by Kevin through hard times
Kevin has been involved in many controversies over the years involving crime and infidelity. Kevin’s trouble with the law started during his early teens. He spent some time in jail for being a passenger in a stolen vehicle. Kevin stated that this period in prison erased any fear he had about jail.
He didn’t care whether he went to jail or not. In 2003, Kevin stabbed a man multiple times after an altercation. On 26th September 2016, he was convicted of assaulting a fan while performing on stage in Florida. In 2017, he received a 30-month jail sentence for weapons-related charges.
He got out on parole on 10th January 2018. It now looks like Gates has changed for the better. Dreka told The Source that she never tried to change Kevin;
“There was never a point that I was trying to change him. Yet there were life lessons that I would try to get him to learn, but I realized I couldn’t force that on him either. I really had to allow him to go the path he was meant to go down and let him figure out on his own.”
Kevin has also cheated on Dreka several times. There were even rumors that he had sexual relations with his cousin. Kevin’s infidelity led to some tough times during the course of the couple’s relationship, but Dreka stood by Kevin.
Kevin doesn’t pass up an opportunity to praise his wife. He is aware that he has put her through a lot, and he is happy that she stood by him. Kevin references Dreka in some of his songs, and she appears in some of the song videos.
The couple got married in 2015 in what was a beautiful ceremony.
She joined social media in 2015
Dreka is an influential person in Kevin’s life and career, but she only joined social media a few years ago. People in her line of work tend to have huge social media followings. However, Dreka achieved success without using social media.
She told The Source;
“I was kind of forced into it by our guy Raheem who handles all of our digital integration. He created the account and was like, ‘Alright Dreka, you’re live.’…I was really, really scared because I’ve heard how critical people were and I was just like, ‘I don’t want to subject myself to this bullshit, you know.’
At the moment, Dreka has 2.4 million followers on Instagram. Dreka embraces a different style to other people on social media. She prefers to keep it real and natural on her social media photos. She talked to The Source about the matter;
“I learned years ago that you can never satisfy anyone else…So why put so much energy into trying to satisfy another person or making someone else happy, or changing who you are when they’re not going to appreciate it or be satisfied with your efforts in the end.”
She gave birth to her children at home
Kevin and Dreka have to kids, Islah and Khaza. She gave birth to both of them at home. Dreka described giving birth as the best thing in her life.
Dreka chose not to vaccinate her kids. She had a bad experience under the care of a doctor, and this fueled her fear of medication. She believes in the power of breast milk and its healing effects. It has worked out for Dreka and her family. She told The Source;
“Sometimes they will recommend you to get certain vaccinations. But my kids have been out of the country and they haven’t had any vaccinations and they haven’t had all of the problems I hear about other kids experiencing.”
Dreka and her kids share a close relationship. There are tons of photos on her Instagram page, showing how much love she has for the kids.
She looks up to Kim Kardashian
Dreka is an entrepreneur, and she looks up to Kim Kardashian for inspiration. She loves the fact that Kim has maintained relevance for all those years while selling a lifestyle. She told The Source;
“People say all of these crazy things about her but I’m like, Come on! She’s still relevant, however, many years after her claim to fame and has built an empire…She sells her lifestyle and that’s amazing to me! That’s one person I admire.”
She had a privileged start to life
Dreka was born as Shadreka Centuri Haynes on 31st August 1986 to a middle-class Afro American family. She was able to afford anything that she wanted. Dreka was one of the first people among her friends to own a car. She was also a gifted student in class, and she participated in several inter-school competitions and academic events.
However, she got stripped of her car due to the actions of one of her close friends. This event put her in a dark place, and she is now skeptical about putting a lot of trust in her friends. She told The Source;
“Before then I used to put a lot into my friends. I don’t do that anymore. I’m going to put it into the people I know for sure love me like my husband, my kids, and work, really.”