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G-kay is an Asian rapper who showed a lot of promise in the early aughts for his piercing flow and in-your-face persona. But all that was overshadowed by an altercation with the rapper Jin and any buzz was stifled by a long stint at Sing Sing Correctional facility that followed soon after. This year, the rapper finally came home and is working on making a comeback, making visible cameos, and definitely putting in hours at the studio. But if you wanted to get a glimpse of what his life behind bars was like, HBO is running a special this Monday about a college program G-Kay was enrolled in at the time. Who better to tell you about it then the rapper himself via Facebook:

“The Premier showing of a documentary about a college program in SING SING Correctional Facility on HBO: The University Of Sing Sing
Monday, March 31, 2014, 9:45pm – 10:30pm
http://itsh.bo/Oj7wEi
I am in this!!!!!!

When I was first sentenced to my 11 year prison term I was in bad shape. I was angry. I was scared. And I was lost. I had no plan on how I was going to walk out of prison a better person. I was just focused on surviving. Although there was fear in my heart about being in maximum state penitentiaries, I was ready to do whatever it took to survive. So on the first night of arriving to Sing Sing, I immediately got my hands on a knife.

I quickly familiarized myself with the terrain and began submerging myself into all of the prison bullshit. I was on the road to turning my 11 year sentence into more, or even worse.
But then one day my mother came to see me and as I walked to the table that she was sitting at I could see the tears streaming down her face. She was suffering because of my actions, but would never leave my side. As I sat down and tried to console her, she begged that I use the time to change. Her tears and words struck deep guilt and pain inside of me, and I agreed, but had no clue on how I would begin to change.

That day, as I sat on my bed in my cell thinking about how much damage I had done to the people who truly matter, some one came to my cell gate. The person explained to me that he was sitting behind me on the visit, and saw the exchange between my mother and I. He also told me that he had been in prison for 26 years, longer than I was alive at the time. He said that he felt compelled to talk to me because what he saw reminded him of how his mother was when he first went to prison, and she had since passed away while he was gone. He told me about the inevitable troubles that lay ahead for me in prison if I continued to stay the course that I was on. He said that I had a choice to either become a part of the prison, or turn the prison into my university. He told me about the college program that was in the prison, and suggested that I looked into it. That conversation and suggestion changed my life!

I ended up enrolling into the Mercy College Program in Sing Sing, and although I was unfortunately unable to graduate, I walked away a better man. I learned a lot in that program, because there were excellent teachers who were passionate and serious about helping us, but most importantly I learned through education my own worth and abilities.
This documentary is as real as it gets and I encourage everyone to go and check it out!! And it doesn’t hurt that I am in it.”

Definitely worth a look.

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founded Gumship in 2012 to document the Asian American experience through culture, lifestyle and entertainment. When he's not blogging, he creates music as the rapper Rekstizzy. Hobbies include ramen, fried chicken, and pizza. If he could eat all three at the same time, the joy in his heart would cause him to levitate off the floor in a spiral motion.
  • Manjyot Sandhar

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