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THE PROJECT: completion of the Invent the Future album requires the help of good music supporters everywhere.
THE PROJECT: completion of the Invent the Future album requires the help of good music supporters everywhere.
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THE PROJECT: completion of the Invent the Future album 

Invent the Future takes its album name from a speech from the great African liberator Thomas Sankara. Known for his liberation of Burkina Faso from French colonial rule, Sankara was known to have said:

“You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness.  This madness has to come from the courage to turn your back on old formulas; it has to come from the courage to invent the future.  We must dare to invent the future.”

Borrowing from the words of this great leader and revolutionary, we apply this sentiment to the production of Truth Universal’s new album, Invent the Future, a musical effort that aims to carry on Truth’s tradition of challenging the status quo—through action, words and music. 

After more than a decade of largely self-funding a mission of recording and releasing material that speaks to the all-important themes of social justice and human rights, Truth Universal’s new effort, Invent the Future, is a record with solid commercial appeal that keeps this message central in its lyrical and thematic content.

As we embark on the final stages of production and release of this project, we feel it is deserving of a full-scale independent push. In order to make the record we want to make, we humbly request the support of the progressive Hip Hop music community and the greater music community at large. 

Your contribution will assist in:

-Recording, mixing & mastering

-Compensation for guest artists (musicians, vocalists)

-Production of video for lead single

-Touring through a portion of the U.S. (TBD by Radio Promotion to College & non-commercial radio campaign concentration & reception)

-Non-commercial radio campaign-PR/Marketing campaign (includes street team and viral marketing as well as print)

-Graphic design for album & promotional items

Risks and challenges

Once we complete and package this album, we face the challenge of getting this project properly distributed and getting exceptional music into the hands of the masses worldwide. We are up to the challenge, and ready to "INVENT THE FUTURE!"

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    A "Thank you" in the liner notes of the digital booklet and inside of the physical CD package
    + A digital copy of the album "Invent the Future."

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    Signed physical "Invent the Future" CD + ***ABOVE...

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    "I helped Truth Universal 'Invent the Future'" T-Shirt + ***ABOVE...

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    Truth Universal video collection DVD + ***ABOVE...

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    Full signed Truth Universal discography:

    "Plantation Graffiti" EP,
    "Decolonization" EP,
    "Mind Frame" featuring Zumbi of Zion I -- Vinyl 12",
    "Self Determination" CD,
    "Guerrilla Business" CD,
    "Polygraphy Vol. 2: Resistance" CD,
    "Invent the Future" CD.
    + Admission +1 guest to any Truth Universal performance you are able to attend from May 1, 2013-May 31, 2014.

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    Travel to your U.S. location for a 30 minute intimate venue or house party performance after release of project. (Pending discussion of additional terms...)

    + 2 tickets to the last weekend of the 2013, or weekend of your choice of the 2014, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

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