COATESVILLE, PA — Focusing on the good and doing something great, Eddie Sincere Carb is a Coatesville resident and proud father of 4 children who uses his music to help educate people about the needs of the city and inspire them to be part of a positive change. Eddie currently owns his own studio and works hard, providing all of his studio’s services, including photography and videography. This interview provided by MyChesCo is courtesy of Eddie Caraballo aka rapper Eddie Sincere Carb and is dedicated to the city of Coatesville.
“Half my city’s hard workers and they dedicated;
With just enough love, we could elevate it.
Everybody focus on the bad and forget the good.
When you hear Coatesville, you think nothin’ good.”
(Excerpts like these throughout this article are from Eddie Sincere Carb’s “My City” song lyrics. Personal and parental discretion advised due to strong language. Please continue reading Eddie’s story below before or after viewing.)
“I want to make the future of Coatesville better than the current reality,” Eddie shared.
Things weren’t always good for Eddie. He was supposed to graduate from high school in 2004. He had ventured down a few wrong paths that landed him in prison during his senior year for various offenses. Eddie was fortunate to be able to graduate through participation in a jail program.
Eddie has regrets and is apologetic about what he did as a young man, but also he is proud that he grew the strength to stand up, to refocus, and to turn his life around. It wasn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile is.
“I came home from jail and did a complete ‘360’. Those are times I don’t really enjoy thinking or talking about it anymore,” he said. “Although I will tell you, I missed out on so many things. Being young and dumb – sometimes you just don’t think.”
It wasn’t too long before Eddie felt compelled to expand a bit about his story.
“When I was in jail, I was separated from my son. I had him at a young age. I was only able to call him twice the whole time I was there. His mother wouldn’t allow me to speak with him, because she didn’t want him knowing where I was. It was understandable, but it hurt.”
Equally painful for Eddie was seeing his girlfriend and family on the day of his sentencing and trying to comprehend their suffering.
“I don’t see how people can keep going back [to jail] again and again,” Eddie said. “It breaks you down physically, mentally, and emotionally.” He knew at that moment he was going to change and added, “Plus, a cage is no place for any man or woman. I wanted to prove that I could do better, but not if I was behind bars.”
After serving his time, Eddie wanted to make a difference. He started by cleaning up his life. Rapping became one of his true passions over the years, but a flame lit inside him over the past several months to finally produce his music.
“My city need a break;
All the young dying.
‘Cuz it’s more than just your life
When your mom’s crying.”
In September 2017, he enthusiastically wrote to Facebook friends and followers, “The wait is over!” What he shared was the debut of “My City” – it is a rap song with a mission to encourage people to support and uplift Coatesville’s citizens from drugs and violence.
When asked what inspired him most when crafting his message for “My City,” Eddie shared, “There are different motivations. For example, losing the Ash Park Pool where I grew up swimming was a big one. I also did it for all the mothers and fathers who have lost their sons and daughters due to gun violence.” He added, “But there are a lot of reasons behind my words. If people truly listen to the song as they watch the video, they will take away meaning from some or all of it.”
Eddie’s vision is to have people recognize not only the challenges, but also the strengths of Coatesville.
“The song is about my city; our city. It’s about the majority who are out there, night and day, trying to help make it good. It’s really not about negativity, even if some are concerned about the words I use to convey my message. Keep an open mind when you listen.”
If this song resonates with people who know they need to make a change to better their lives for themselves, for their families and for the city of Coatesville, then Eddie will have met his purpose.
Eddie raps, “I switched lanes. I rearranged…” This wasn’t about driving on Lincoln Highway – these two small sentences are huge, because they are about his life. He changed directions.
“Talking about switching lanes in my lyrics was a breaking point. It’s like they say, they can take you out of ‘the Ville, but you can’t take ‘the Ville out of you.” It’s true. Eddie clearly admires his city, despite its challenges, and if he is that one voice to help another, he is happy.
With no disrespect to anyone and wearing his “Excuses Suck” t-shirt, Eddie raps, “Time for us to step up for our community.”
Eddie explained that since his “360” years ago, he has and will continue to spread positivity to the city.
He only asks for one thing: “Don’t treat me differently because I want better for me and my family. I chose to do better. Please don’t put me in a position where the old me has to mix with the new me, because it will break everything I have worked so hard to change.”
As the past is the past, who can argue with Eddie’s request?
“Right or wrong, wrong or right;
You can’t judge that man
Unless you walk in his shoes
Or see out his eyes.”
Along with his wife, children, family, friends and supporters, Eddie would like to thank NikkiThruTheLenz for his camera work, as well as Cabbvisuals for engineering, editing and videography, and #Sweatboxstudio where he records. Be sure to look out for #LLDE, their new up and coming independent label.
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