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  • Government Name: Michael Key
  • Register Number: K-54135
  • Age:37
  • Time Served:15+ years
  • Home Town:Chicago, IL
  • Sentence:LIFE
  • Current Charge:Murder, Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion
  • Alias:Mike G
  • Release Date:N/A
  • Prison Affiliation:Gangster Disciple
  • Circle of Influence:Kenneth Key
  • Institution:Stateville Correctional Center
  • If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

Can We Be Trusted?


Has lying become so much apart of our character that we no longer know how to tell the truth?

Awhile back I realized that growing up the way I did, I was living a life full of lies and deceit. Almost everyone I knew was a liar and deceitful in some way, even when they weren’t trying to be. Do a thing for so long, eventually that thing becomes second nature. And do it longer still, and it becomes the only way of doing things. Looking within, I was guilty of this same behavior. There was a time I could not separate the truth from the lie. In living a life of lies and deceit I realize now that my fall was inevitable. A fall that would lead me to death or prison. In this case I believe them to be two sides to the same coin.

Can we be trusted ever again, by anyone, including ourselves?

Lying on the Street
On the block we live our lives lying and being lied to, exaggerating the number of women we slept with, or outright lying on our dick; stunting about how much money we have when all the time we spent our last on those $200 pants, $100 shirt and $150 shoes trying to portray an image; trying to make two 8-balls seem like two ounces. You know how it goes, “fake it ’til you make it.”

We are taught early on admit nothing and deny no matter what.

Lying in Prison
It’s the same in prison as on the block. Cats lie about what kinds of case they have and how much time they got, talking about he got two bodies and all the time he took some pussy and got six rapes. Every day, all day, in prison cats lie about one thing or another, trying to make themselves look better in the eyes of the homies.

Lying About Money
Broke cats brag about how much dough they had, how many bricks they were copping, but couldn’t bond out on a $500 bond. Every time you look up they begging. Copping bricks on the street, but in prison they got a public defender! I run into guys every day who compulsively lie for nothing. These cats lie so much and so often that they’ve convinced themselves that what they’re saying is true. It’s to the point when you catch them in a lie, they’ll fight to defend it, as if fighting validates the lie.

Lying about Gunplay
Then we get into how many cats they clapped with bangers they’ve only seen on TV. Or, this is my favorite, cats get out there on the gallery and talk about murders or other cats getting money as if they were part of that team. “Yeah, I was over there with such and such getting money on 54th. We was checking like 30 a day with dope lines around the block.” And outright talking on cats about bodies or stickups they know nothing about. “Man I heard that was Jeff who stuck and killed Larry.” “Nah homie, that was Wild Bill. He came through right after he made the move.” If I was that kind of cat, I could’ve been home years ago.  Often times these stories are second and third-hand, recycled and retold by cats trying to make themselves seem larger than they are. I had a cat the other day tell me a stunt he pulled that I know was my work!

Why are people so deceitful even when we don’t have to be?

The reality is this: We lie as a defense mechanism, as a way of fitting in. Often, to tell the truth would result in one being mocked and outright shunned.

Be yourself. Nurture who you really are. Who you are today oftentimes determines who you will be tomorrow.

I leave as I came, in the vision of knowledge, wisdom and understanding.



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