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Brand Nubian's own Grand Puba is back in the spotlight with a fresh new solo record to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his debut release, "Reel To Reel". The album, largely produced by Puba himself, spawned the number 1 hit "360 Degrees (What Goes Around)" and also featured tracks from the Stimulated Dummies and the legendary Kid Capri. What better way to commemorate this undisputed hip hop icon than by being part of the collaboration that will bring forth a new project in the same vein as this Golden Era classic?  

With a team of masterminds onboard, there’s no doubt that with your support, Puba is about to do it again!

 

You may have heard of Grand Puba as a member of Brand Nubian, but did you know that he was an influential force in the game long before the group ever recorded their first track? In 1988, Puba debuted as Grand Puba Maxwell with Masters of Ceremony and although the group’s LP entitled Dynamite was critically acclaimed, they soon disbanded, leaving Puba to establish himself as the lead emcee of Brand Nubian.

Over the years, Puba has pivoted between Brand Nubian and his solo endeavors, working with everyone in the industry from Q-Tip to Mary J. Blige; from Professor X to Missy Elliot. With his masterful flow and social consciousness, Puba has enlightened his fans while inspiring the careers of Eminem, Fat Joe, and too many others to count - including the legendary Tupac Shakur with whom Puba was scheduled to collaborate with in 1994 right before the hip hop icon was ambushed and left for dead inside Quad Studios in New York City.

Not only is Puba one of the dopest MCs of all time, he’s also one of the most stylish and trendsetting artists to ever touch the mic. Having been credited by Complex Magazine as the “Most Stylish Rapper Alive in the Year 1992”, Puba signed an endorsement deal with Tommy Hilfiger long before anyone knew who the preppy sportsware designer was. And while other rappers were rocking practical work wear, Afro-Centric garb, and fatigues, Puba donned Ivy League prep gear, sporting extra-large pieces from Hilfiger’s colorful, preppy American line and putting the designer on the map as a go-to brand throughout the '90s. As if that weren’t enough, Puba single-handedly blew up Girbaud jeans and spearheaded the idea of the backpack as an urban fashion staple; a concept and trend that still exists today.

After decades of performing all over the world, releasing critically acclaimed records, and setting global fashion trends, Puba has decided to make something special for his fans as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of "Reel To Reel". But in order to deliver the highest quality product possible, it’s going to take some funding. Our goal is to create a follow-up classic to this already timelessly dope album. That being so, we’ve determined that $25,000 can cover all recording costs, the printing up of CDs, vinyl, and all promotion.    

Because it’s always been you - Puba’s diehard fans and hip hop culture enthusiasts - who have appreciated and supported his vison, enabling you to be part of the process though Kickstarter makes so much sense. A home for ingenious minds to have creative freedom, Kickstarter provides a real opportunity for people who collectively believe in a vision to come together to make it a reality. Don’t you want to be a part of that?

No amount is too big or too small so 

PLEDGE NOW!

 

So….what in it for you?  

Aside from supporting the creation of a legacy that is overshadowed and undervalued by today's current rap trends, this project is ultimately about giving credit where credit is due. Showing your support to this legendary and respected Artist who has paved the way for so many other emcees, makes you an innovator and an architect of the future.  

In addition to all that, we’ve definitely got some cool rewards for you…check 'em out!

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Puba performing "360" on In Living Color

"Slow Down" on Soul Train

Risks and challenges

As with any project, there's always a chance for things to go a little haywire. Production and shipping delays may occur, but we will hasten every delivery we make and ensure that everyone gets their rewards in a timely manner. However, since we're working with such a great, professional team, we're confident we'll be able to hit our deadlines and still produce the quality you've come to expect from Grand Puba!

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    Good To Go

    Thanks for helping make this happen! You'll receive a streaming copy of a single from the record before the release date. Cool, right?

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    It Is What It Is

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    This Joint Right Here

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    Drop The Bomb

    You'll receive a fly-as-hell, custom Puba beanie, along with a digital download of the whole album. Sweet!

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    Ragtime

    Limited edition Grand Puba t-shirt? It's yours! Choose between the album cover or one of two logos to go on the front - you've got options! Includes a digital download of the entire album.

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    Wombo Combo

    Beanie? It's yours. Shirt? Also yours. Album? Fine! Take all three!

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    Cold Cold World

    Take a special-edition Grand Puba sweatshirt, along with some stickers and a digital copy of the record!

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    Feels So Good

    You'll receive all the rewards up to this, as well as a special, limited-edition vinyl pressing of the record! Nice! (ships 6-8 weeks after album release date)

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    Reality Check

    Ring-a-ling! It's Puba! Hop on a 10 minute call with the legend himself and talk about whatever you want! Your family, your relationship, your budding rap career - you name it! You'll also be getting a dope shirt and a signed/digital copy of the record. Word!

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    Hoodie

    Take an exclusive Grand Puba logo hoodie, as well as all the rewards before this!

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    Play It Cool

    Chat with your main man Puba on Skype for up to 15 minutes, and not only will you be able to ask those burning questions, but he'll also shout you out on his social media for being such good company! Oh, and you'll receive a shirt and a signed album for being a good sport. Neat!

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    Look Like Sneakers

    For 1g, look like a G. Own a pair of custom-made Brand Nubian sneakers! Limited edition and dope as hell. You'll receive all the other rewards as well!

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    An Egg-cellent Morning with Puba

    If you live in NYC, this is your chance to get REAL with Puba. Grab breakfast with him at your favorite diner and hash it out over some hash browns! Also - why not - take all the other rewards prior to this too!

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    Bars on Bars

    Ever wanted to have a custom rap written about you? Now's your chance! Puba will write a 16 bar or hook all about you, immortalizing you forever. You'll receive all previous rewards as well!

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    Exclusive Tommy Hilfiger Jacket

    The big one. For this reward, you'll get an exclusive signed, Brand Nubian-embossed Tommy Hilfiger jacket, along with every other reward up to this. Beautiful!

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    Dedication - Executive Producer Credit

    You're the head honcho here. Thanks for making this possible! You'll not only receive the credit of "Executive Producer", but you'll also get the rewards above and a VIP experience/meet-and-greet with Puba at his next show. You're the man! Or woman! Or whatever you wanna be! The gender binary is a social construct!

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