#KevinGates stopped by The FADER recently for a round of Top Five, and the rapper was in the mood to inspire, dishing out his five “most important lessons for to self-improvement.” Gates — speaking lucidly and calmly, like a varsity basketball coach intent on teaching you the best way to live off the court — dropped pearls of wisdom. For example: “Whenever you’re being honest with yourself, you’re focused on existing.” Although this segment is proof that Gates is a solid character actor, there is a level of genuineness that stems from a new lifestyle following extended stints behind bars.

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