Kevin Gates has dropped a new mixtape, Only the Generals Part II.
The fresh 12-track offering is an official follow-up to the project Only the Generals Gon Understand, which the rapper dropped in June 2019 just months before his sophomore studio album I’m Him.
“To be a general, you’re on the frontline, but you still govern,” Gates said of the new mixtape. “Whether you’re a man, a woman, or a child, you’ve got responsibilities. When you’re a general, you recognize those responsibilities. This project speaks to the heart, so it’s only for the generals. It’s not an album. I just wanted to bless the game with something beautiful.”
Gates recorded the mixtape this year in Puerto Rico. In a statement, the Baton Rouge-born rapper spoke about his and his family’s connection with the island: “They call Puerto Rico ‘La Isla Del Encanto,’ which means ‘The Island of Enchantment.’ The energy here is beautiful. My inspiration in going there was the people in my family. They talk about it with a spirit. There’s magic to it. The music I made in Puerto Rico is like no other. The island makes you move with energy, and I could feel my grandmother’s spirit around me. It’s just where the fuck I came from.”
Only the Generals Part II will tide fans over the wait for Gates’ new album Khaza, which he’s been teasing for some time now. The project follows previous loosies from Gates including “Weeks,” “Difficult,” “Grandmotha Grave” and “Still Hold Up.”
Gates’ new mixtape arrived alongside a video for “Puerto Rico Luv.” Watch the rapper spend time on the island below:
And stream Only the Generals Part II below: