The Wãve begins with Kwame Gates. Growing up in New Orleans, the monetary lure of the streets was at times too powerful to ignore. Luckily hip-hop proved to be a life-altering distraction.
The early ‘90s local explosion of NOLA’s bounce music scene ignited the city.
But it was the game-changing chart success of Master P’s No Limit that showed a young Kwame that New Orleans had something important to say within hip-hop’s burgeoning landscape dominated by the likes of Scarface, Notorious B.IG.,Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and the Wu- Tang Clan. Gates was hooked.
Soon he would find himself on the road with hometown heroes and label powerhouse Cash Money. “Just watching Birdman’s and Wayne’s rise first hand was eye-opening,” The Wãve recalls of his early indoctrination into the rap.