At this point it’s all about hearts and minds with Kevin Gates. Having recently signed with Atlantic, you might justifiably have expected big-name producers and even bigger-name features on Stranger Than Fiction, the follow-up to his already classic Luca Brasi Story. But his team is smarter than that, opting instead for the longer term approach of winning one lifelong fan at a time – in their thousands mind – with songs that magnify his troubled heart and ear for melody.

Fellow former Cash Money affiliate Starlito fka All Star, something of a more lucid Curren$y whose recent Cold Turkey album is well worth investing your time in, features here and shares great chemistry with Gates.

‘MYB’, we’re fairly comfortable saying, has visual and audio echoes of Boosie’s Mind Of A Maniac, which is convenient since he hasn’t given us any reason to believe he won’t achieve that level of veneration in the next half decade.