Above Average Premiere: TriState Gates ‘-Streets Held Me Back’ (Album) + “NY Native” Video (ft. Benny The Butcher)

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.

Evie Blanco About Author

I hail from Corona, Queens NY. I'm a Music Head, a sneakerhead, a mother to a beautiful baby girl who also loves hip-hop, and collects kicks. Music, primarily hip-hop has been a huge part of my life since I got a pink boom-box, at age 5. Listening to Angie Mar, Monie Love, Steph Lova, Jazzy Joyce, and Coco Chanel, I always had an itch to enter the culture somehow, and I did; as an emcee. I gained mad respect and love from some of the illest and most respected rappers, producers, and DJs in the game, and for that, my love for the art will forever be genuine. I always thought I'd get into radio, but in 2014, I found my calling as a journalist, and I've been rockin 'ever since. I enjoy all types of music, as long as it's dope, and my most passionate writing, and truest words, will always come from something or someone I believe in or stand for.