Kevin Gates returned on Friday (February 19) with the surprise release of hisOnly The Generals Pt. II sequel. The 12-track effort came together during a recent trip to Puerto Rico which provided creative inspiration when reconnecting with family and feeling a “beautiful energy” to make music like he never has before.
“They call Puerto Rico ‘La Isla Del Encanto,’ which means ‘The Island of Enchantment,’” the Baton Rouge rapper said in a statement. “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.”
He continued, “To be a general, you’re on the frontline, but you still govern. 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.”
Pt. II follows the original 2019 EP and includes the previously released “Plug Daughter 2” single. Gates also dropped off a fresh visual rediscovering his roots in the “Puerto Rico Luv” video.