Who would have guessed that underground, gritty hip-hop would become highly recognized and respected again? In an era where turn up music seems to dominate, Queens, NY dweller, TriState Gates prefers to supply the game with a new age spin on traditional hip-hop and contributes to the revival of reality rap. His bars, riddled with lucid true to life street tales, compounded with an encyclopedic type vocabulary, show you that he is an artist who adheres to the ideas of lyricism through metaphors and figures of speech.

With the unveiling of his latest full length project, Streets Held Me Back, Gates drops noteworthy lyrics, and calls on some familiar grimy cats in the game to put the finishing touches on a strong project.

With guest appearances from Benny The Butcher, Eto, Rob Gates, and Rigz, in junction with hard hitting production from Lex With The Records, Penny Diamond, RAMSZ, Michaelangelo, and The Historian Musikdae, this is indubitably one album the hard rap enthusiasts will enjoy.

The Streets Held Me Back is available on DSPs here, and  peep the “NY Native” visual above, and remain on the lookout for more from TriState Gates as he carves his way into the industry, organically through hard work and talent.