During his interview with Akademiks on his Off The Record podcast, Gates reflected on the comments he made on the movement and revealed he doesn’t see color. He felt that way because of all the slack he gets online from Black people, and it doesn’t make him even want to feel a part of the culture.
“They got mad when I said ‘I don’t support Black Lives Matter’ ’cause who they matter to,” Gates told Akademiks. “We kill each other all day. We talk about each other all day. You know who talk about me the most on the internet? N-ggas. N-ggas. You know what’s worse than a n-gga? Two of them.”
He added: “Make you don’t want to be a n-gga. It be n-ggas my own people that look like me. Talk about me like a dog, kick me when I’m down. I don’t look at color and see race no more. I see real and fake. That’s it.”
Kevin Gates spoke on the BLM movement on two prior separate occasions. The first time happened in 2016 when he hopped on Instagram and posted a minute-long diatribe on why it didn’t make any sense to complain about social injustices against Black people because of Black-on-Black crime.
“We kill each other,” he started his rant. “I’m talking about we lay up under each other’s cars, lay behind each other’s houses then whip by, boom boom, kill everybody in the car…We kill each other, but as soon as a white boy kills one of us, everybody go to hoopin’ and hollerin’ and all that old stupid-ass shit … That’s bullshit.”
He continued: “When you stand for something, you’ve got to stand for it all the way, not half way. I said it before, and I’ll say it again, and fuck who don’t like that. You know what’s worse than a n-gga? Another one.”
“They were like, ‘Stacey Dash said that it shouldn’t be no BET. Everybody should be Americans.’ And I was like, ‘If she said that, then I feel like I agree with that because there’s only two types of people in life: real people and fake people,'” Gates said.