Kevin Gates addressed his fans in an inspirational visual for his latest single “What If.” At the end of the video, a handwritten letter scrolls across the screen.
Last year, Gates was sentenced to 180 days in prison after kicking a fan in the chest at a show in 2015. His sentence was later extended to 30 months for a weapons charge, and the rapper is currently still in prison.
The open letter to fans was also transcribed and posted to Gates’ Instagram.
“A great person is measured by all of the great tests they can undergo and still remain true to who they are,” it reads.
The Walu-directed video portrays an imprisoned man, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Gates, praying for his wife and children from the confines of a jail cell. The song echoes the words of Joan Osborne’s 1995 hit “One Of Us” with a twist, asking what if God was “just trying to make it out the slums like one of us.” Check it out above.