Prolific Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates has built a reputation off a long string of mixtapes — including 2013’s excellent The Luca Brasi Story — and, uh, some other more questionable sexual activities. But he’s finally firmed up the release of a debut album Islah, which will be out 1/29 and shared “Really Really” and “La Familia.” Today Stereogum premiered another track off the album, “2 Phones,” which somewhat unsurprisingly is about the way he divides his communication based on business and pleasure. Despite some dark subject matter, the song balances a heavy-rolling, metallic production with a jubilant, melodic hooks. Best line? “Don’t be makin women feel like they unimportant.” That’s a great reason to have more than one phone, and listening to this really makes me wish I had two phones. Listen below.
Islah is out 1/29 via Bread Winners’ Association.