Kevin Gates has spent a lot of time over the past couple years behind bars, but he may get a good start to 2018 as the rapper is scheduled to be released on parole next week.
TMZ reports that Gates is being released from prison on Wednesday, Jan. 10 after serving nine months in prison. According to Lindsey Hess at Illinois Department of Corrections, his release conditions include mandatory supervision and no possession of firearms.
Hopefully for Gates, this isn't another incident of false hope.
Gates was originally sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 for battery after an incident where he kicked a female fan in the chest during one of his live shows. But on the day he was set to be released, a warrant was put out for his arrest for a separate weapons charge, resulting in a subsequent sentence to 30 months behind bars.
Gates has stayed visible musically while locked up, with his wife releasing music videos on his behalf and his latest project, By Any Means 2, dropping last September. The album debuted at no. 4 on the Billboard 200. This year, he may be able to enjoy the success of his music as a free man.