Last month, Kevin Gates was charged with battery for kicking a fan at a concert in Florida. The rapper responded with a song called “The Truth,” saying that the woman was inappropriately touching him before he hit her. He further explained the situation in a recent interview with Complex.
“Life is about conduct and how we conduct ourselves,” he says. But two wrongs never make a right. But I’ll say this, I’ll use Nicki Minaj again ’cause people tell me that women love her and people love her: If I was to go front row while she was on stage performing and stick my finger in her pussy, and she kicked me in the mouth and knocked one of my gold teeth out, I would be wrong. I would be wrong for that, and that’s all I’ll say. To touch someone’s genitals without their consent is a sexual battery. To touch someone without their consent is a simple battery.”
The Louisiana rapper says that he learned a lesson after fighting with kids in school influenced his response to the woman.
“My grandmother taught me if somebody touch you, make sure they don’t touch you again,” he says. “That’s what my grandmother taught me. When I was having fights in school, my grandmother came and hit the teacher, and told the teacher, ‘Now, you didn’t like that, did you?’ The teacher was like, ‘No!’ She said, ‘Imagine how he feel.'”
He says that his grandmother’s death helped him to not care what people think of him and allowed him to become more transparent in his music and everyday life.
“It’s like, no matter what you do, people will find a reason to hate you,” he says. “So the people that love you, they’ll love you for you. So I was like, ‘I’m gonna be me to the hundredth power.’ And I made the conscious decision. I’mma be me, and I’mma accept what comes with it. You don’t like it, don’t talk to me. Don’t be around me.”
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