Local radio station pulls rapper's songs

A rapper accused of kicking a fan in the chest at a concert in Lakeland over the weekend is fighting back in a war of words.

A video shows Rapper Kevin Gates kicking 18-year-old Miranda Dixon in the chest.  Dixon says she tugged at his shorts while he was on stage, and he let loose on her.

The State Attorney's Office formally charged Gates with battery Thursday, a charge which could carry up to a year in jail.


Since the charges were filed, the repercussions continued to grow. 

Local Tampa hip-hop station Wild 94.1 is taking a stand against Gates.

The radio station has pulled his music from the airways.

"We made the decision because we're protecting our fans," said program director and host, Orlando Davis.

The station has also stopped a promotion that would've given away tickets for Gates’ upcoming show this weekend at Whiskey North on North Dale Mabry.  There is a growing push for that show to be cancelled. 

"I can't send listeners out there knowing that one could catch a size 12 Nike to the midsection just for listening to my station," Davis said.

Davis says Gates was also involved in an incident last year where his security team allegedly beat up a stage manager at the annual "Wild Splash" concert.

Gates has been charged criminally in the kicking incident.  He may also face a civil suit.

In a recent YouTube post the rapper released a song called "The Truth" where he claims the woman grabbed his genitals several times.