Just shortly after his uneven but at times brilliant 8th mixtape The Luca Brasi Story, Kevin Gates return with his strongest effort yet and possibly the finest hip hop release of the year. The production and vibe of “4:30 AM” is not unlike Kendrick Lamar’s masterpiece “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, it’s a track that could undoubtedly break Gates into the mainstream. The chorus is a laidback, sing-a-long friendly story, taking me back to the heydays of Nate Dogg’s west-coast swagger, while his intense, confessional narrative of his alleged shooting of a friend never fails to engage or feel authentic. On “4.3o AM” he proofs why he should be regarded amongst the true storytellers of the genre.
“4:30 AM” is taken from his upcoming Stranger Than Fiction, his first major label release.