StayUp.News editor-in-chief Roberto E. Alejandro recently sat down for a phone conversation with Washington Heights, NYC, emcee Pearl Gates (above in a courtesy photo) about his new album, Live from the First, released October 20th, via Below System Records. In our discussion, Gates touches on his neighborhood of Washington Heights, moving from the streets to music, and how young people from inner city environments can be shown a path other than the streets.

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