Interview with RnB/Hip Hop Artist Erika Kayne, Discussing Being Locked Up & New PSA “Think Before You Act
I got a chance to chat it up with formerly incarcerated R&B/Hip Hop songstress, Erika Kayne. Erika Kayne is determined to make sure young people know the real deal about the conditions in prison and don’t get caught up in the hype.
Far too many people think that once life hits you with a traumatic circumstance that should have knocked you down, you stay down. I wanted to talk with this young woman, because although she was locked up for a year, she came back to music with a strong message about what she went through. She could have taken the stint in jail as some street credibility and social leverage nonsense, but instead she chose to create a public service announcement that urges people to NOT walk in her footsteps, but to do more with their lives. When you find yourself in some mess, one of the biggest things to do to redeem yourself and be of service is to teach people how to avoid the same mistakes.
As a second-generation offender who did a one-year bid for weapons charges, Erika recently released a public service announcement (PSA), “Think Before You Act,” expressing the shame and humiliation associated with being locked away in hopes of inspiring young people to make better life decisions.
“My biological father has been incarcerated since I was an infant. Then, the bad choices I made caused me to hurt the person who means the most to me – my grandmother. I was so ashamed for her to visit me behind the glass,” said Kayne. “Most of us don’t have it like Martha Stewart or Wesley Snipes, so it’s not easy to get back on track once you have a criminal record. It’s important to think before you act and not make hasty decisions that can change your life forever and possibly create a vicious cycle for your children,” the Cleveland, Ohio native adds.
Kayne’s current single, “Heart for Sale”, is an empowering love song with a mid-tempo track that tells a story of a young lady who gave her lying man several chances but he still broke her heart. She eventually kicks him to the curb and moves on.
Erika adds “The truth is, I’ve done wrong and got caught up, and I’ve been hurt in my personal relationships,” Kayne said. “But, I worked hard to turn my life around and I’m determined to end this vicious cycle for my family and anyone I can touch. As for my love life, I’m moving on and have a Heart for Sale.”
Listen to the Full Interview Here:
(You even hear some struggle in the beginning of our conversation, think of it as a bonus)
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