Kane & Abel have been together ever since the womb, but next week that will change.
The identical twin rappers will report to separate federal prisons in Texas on Wednesday to begin serving three-year sentences in a cocaine case.
"We've never been apart, ever," Abel said Friday (October 5). "We've just gotta hold out and stay strong."
Though the brothers are appealing the sentence, they say they're thankful it isn't worse — they had faced life imprisonment if convicted of the initial drug conspiracy charges. Born David and Daniel Garcia, the rappers each received a three-year sentence after their attorney struck a deal with prosecutors in which they admitted to lying to federal agents about the activities of jailed drug kingpin Richard Pena (see [article id="1448870"]"Kane & Abel Sentenced To Three Years In Cocaine Case"[/article]).
"They're not taking us out in a courtyard and shooting us," Kane said. "We're not dying. We're going to jail. We're going to be incarcerated for a short period of time. ... As far as [our] family, you just let 'em know that this is temporary and this is a blessing. I don't think you can count how many people are locked up for life for the charges we were facing."
The day before they are scheduled to surrender, Kane & Abel will release their fifth album, Most Wanted Boys. The LP features Juvenile on the track "Say That Then" and Snoop Dogg on "Down South" in addition to a host of obscure acts from the twins' Most Wanted Records label, including 5th Ward Weebie and Box & Royale.
"Being able to let that creative energy go was good for us," Kane said. "We were always optimistic, we never were thinking, 'Let's put it down because we're about to go away for life.' We were thinking, 'Lets do what we always do — make good music for the fans.' "
In the weeks since they were sentenced, Kane & Abel have kept busy promoting the album, shooting a video with Juvenile for the fellow New Orleans rapper's new single and adding to a massive vault of unreleased tracks. "We've been preparing for this for two years," Kane said. "We have about 60 to 65 songs."
The pair are pulling material from that collection for an album titled The Last Ones Left, to be released in February along with a novel of the same name. The book traces the life of a Houston heroin dealer who becomes the first person publicly executed in modern times, with CNN broadcasting the event. Kane & Abel released their first novel, "Eyes of a Killer/Behind Enemy Lines," in 1999.
The brothers will say goodbye to their friends at a party in New Orleans on Sunday night and plan to spend Monday and Tuesday with their family.