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Today we’d like to introduce you to Yung Kaioken.

Hi Yung, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’d rather not say my gov name for personal reasons but here’s what lead me to use my music as therapy. To keep it brief for the interview’s sake, let’s talk about the four main areas that haunt me to this day.

Starting at the youngest age, I and my older brother were taken away to foster care at the ages of 4 and 6 because our father at the time pulled a knife to our mother’s throat in front of us.

Came back home with just mom and oldest brother. Real father was never there.

Tried to “reconnect” at the ages of 12 and 18. Both were complete disappointments in attempts by my mother.

Skip to age 8, I was taken away again to foster care, this time for a year and 2 months. Lovely family but this time around, it cut so deep, that I still haven’t recovered. Knowing the outside family loved and cared more for me as a stranger, than my own, is something you simply can live out. That’s one. Two. Came back home, and everything was back to normal it seemed.

Still had strange men coming into the house and had a neglectful eldest brother. Nonetheless, my little psyche had already been prepped with trauma-related coping skills. Hurricane Katrina hits the city of New Orleans. Had to move out of state for a month as I watched what little I had of my childhood completely ripped away by the tides of the Mississippi River. 12 feet of water and two dogs left behind.

After surviving with others through brutal, violent environments, FEMA finally allows us back home. A slow build to normalcy was under weigh. Three. The mother invites this satanic gutter punk type dude into the picture during the rebuild stage of our lives and he ended up being an abusive drunkard to her in front of me and my brothers. All the while we live in the projects of Terrytown with shootings and robberies all around us.

After we ended up losing all the money needed to rebuild our home, ended up being homeless for 5 months. Living from friend’s house to house, finally reconnected with my family. Four. Fast forward through more not-good times, I and my two older brothers and were set up by a childhood friend and were arrested on intent to dist. schedule 3 charges.

Me being 17, and my two older brothers in their 20s, the police separated me from them and put me in an adult tier by myself. For 3 weeks, I was in jail literally defending myself from convicts trying to ask me for my food. I have an old friend of my brothers who was in there with me who can vouch.

And when we finally got out, we come home to find out our other childhood friends robbed us and blocked us on social media. We shook back though, beleeedat! But yeah all of that pretty much made me want to pursue music, for therapeutic reasons, and for a shot at the life, I never had.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Definitely not. Money was always a struggle and my family failed at being there for each other at every turn.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Well in the midst of all the trauma going on, I was 10 when my oldest brother showed me Fruity Loops Studio 6 on his pc and it opened up my mind completely.

My creativity was already present but it completely took over me. I instantly started learning and mastered the program effortlessly. Inspired me to want to pick up a guitar and then finally the piano. I’m pretty good at both Id say. Self-taught as well.

To this day, I’ve sold over 1,000 dollars in beats and have placements with Kevin Gates and Lil Chuckee. I now present myself as a songwriter, producer, mixing engineer, and musician.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Given the life I had and given the fact my family’s last name is McLuckey, kinda showed me luck didn’t exist in my family.

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