Rapper Kevin Gates arrives at 2 am for weight training, basic exercises, strength training – pushups, pull ups, dips – and meditation. His newly discovered discipline includes everything from the yoga he loves and considers "a journey", and that co-initiated his cellmate, despite Gates' protests that yoga was for women, to a fruitful diet.
Some fruits, such as limes, eat Gates for health reasons; Limes with water help Gates sleep at night and curb his appetite in the morning. Then there are mangoes that Gates also uses for other reasons. Gates digs around in his fridge, picks out the fruit, and then suddenly becomes professorial, without any prompting. "I do not want to express anything sexually," he begins, "but with the mangoes … I practice eating pussy. What you want to do is see if you can pull the microfibers out with your teeth And if you can annoy a peach, you can give pleasure to a woman. "
As strange as the moment when you call me by your name Gates' fruit fixation mirrors an almost absurd one Level of openness, and Gates feels at ease talking not only about his body but also about his personal fears.
That's why Gates wakes up so early, so after training, Gates leaves his locked home in Calabasas, embedded in the Santa Monica Mountains, and head to the "magical mountain" for a 1
However, it is more about building trust than the consequence of Gates' critical success has occurred lately , After a series of mixtapes, Gates released his first studio album, Islah ("to make better" in Arabic, also the name of his daughter), in 2016. Even without a lot of well-known singers Islah On the Billboard Hot 100's number two, and Gates was far from complete.
"I have stood in my own way for the longest time, either because of my insecurity or because I was selfish and always wanted things to go my own way," says Gates, thinking about a somewhat turbulent decade. Last year, in a YouTube interview, Gates said the accusation was wrong. A confession of guilt would help him avoid potential years of legal action. So he begs. Nevertheless, Gates blames himself for the life that led him there. "Many times in life we are our own challenges," he says. "We stand on our own way."
His latest single "Push It" is an articulation of this struggle, a journey through pain to a better version of himself. "My biggest problem in life was to overcome myself," he says at the opening of the track , "When I defeated myself, there was only peace left." The music is thematically known, but it can also be inspired by a less common creed – a kind of gangster rap, which is supported by strong pillars of the Islamic faith: the disciplined struggle towards self improvement.
This fight and this change took place also physically. Since 2015, Gates has become more disciplined in his diet and has reduced himself to a more muscular setting – a decision that, at least religiously, seems less modest, yet reflects some form of Gates self-improvement: the physical condition. "I wanted more for myself," he says. "I'm tired of being a fat guy. I was tired of making excuses every time someone took off his shirt, why I did not think it was cool to take off your shirt. I think it's a fly. "
Gates says he only eats one meal a day, but not for temporary fasting, he says the single meal comes from his practice of Islam, which can be a steak and a vegetarian bowl. (For more protein and satiety, Gates uses BeLean protein before training.) Gates says his quick help helps in a creative way. "Since I'm an artist, I can not go to the studio on a full stomach," he says I like to be hungry, I like it when the music reflects my hunger. "
Some may fear that the hunger on Gates is due to very real body dysmorphia, which he admits has influenced him. 19659002] On our ascent that day, Gates takes a break to seriously address the condition. "The beauty of having body dysmorphia is that you can never see yourself as perfect, and I do not allow myself to get depressed about it n. I only work hard. "
Then, Gates, looking down at the San Fernando Valley, shouts," I am Muhammad Ali!