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Thommy Kane A.K.A Poverty raising funds for highly anticipated comeback album called "2nd Chance" The voice of the underdog is back!
Thommy Kane A.K.A Poverty raising funds for highly anticipated comeback album called "2nd Chance" The voice of the underdog is back!
181 backers pledged $12,433 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE:  I am humbled at the unbelievable support I just got from so many wonderful people. During a bad economy, when people are struggling just to make ends meat, I saw so many of you take the time to share your finances with me to help me pursue another album. I am blessed. I am Graciously humbled and I have no words to express how it feels, other than completely overwhelmed by the generosity of my family, friends and fans.

Thank you for giving me a 2nd chance. :)

First and foremost, I hope you enjoyed the video. And, I hope a little laughter brightened up your day. Now that we have you smiling from cheek to cheek, scroll down and you'll learn a lot more about me and my music.

I titled this project "2nd Chance" because I don't believe you "only get one shot." I think that kind of thinking breeds negativity and makes many people feel hopeless about trying again. Nah! Where there is a 2nd Chance, there is hope. I'm going to prove there is such thing as 2nd chances. 

SAMPLES OF MUSIC

My Story

My name is Thommy Kane. I am a hip hop artist from Massachusetts. However, now I live in Portland, Maine. I used to be a homeless kid. Which was why I  performed under the name ‘Poverty. I wound up getting discovered doing music and got signed to a major record contract. My entire life changed dramatically. I literally went from living in a homeless shelter to living in Hollywood. In the blink of an eye, I went from hanging out with street people to hanging out with celebrities. In my mind, I thought getting a deal meant I was guaranteed success. Boy, was I wrong. A hard lesson learned.

My label encountered several financial problems and went under before my music ever got a chance to be released. I did a short stint in acting with a brief appearance in the movie Waist Deep with Tyrese Gibson. Around this time, I was attempting to find alternate solutions to get my music out.  My mother died, which caused my creative spirit to go right out the window.

Feeling defeated by the entertainment business, I went back home to Maine and got an ordinary job at a gas station. After several of my supporters saw me working at the gas station, they begged me to start making music again. Shortly after that, I had a son. My greatest joy was born and a huge part of me felt like it was important for me to quit music and just focus on him. 

Finally, I began doing music solely as a hobby on the side. A song I made called “When you come home” wound up taking off online without any promotion. All my fans heard I was making music again and repeatedly asked me to give an album another serious try. I put out two more songs, “What If” and “Ain’t No Joke” and the buzz began to swirl.

Given the new hype, I started making a new album called, “2nd Chance,” until my personal funds ran out. (Easy to do with a kid to feed lol) I want to give my fans the terrific quality recordings and videos they deserve. Instead of attempting to ‘half-ass’ the project,  I chose to turn to Kickstarter and my fans. 

 Where the Funding will go

I have an extremely talented circle of directors, photographers, graphic designers, audio engineers, mastering engineers, etc. You'd be surprised what I could accomplish if I could just afford to pay them for their time. I know you all work hard for your money. Allow me to explain to you what I plan on doing with the funding. My plan is to record my album with Jon Wyman, have Bob Ludwig Master it, have Bojan Vanovac direct all my videos and have several talented hip hop producers work on the production. In a perfect world this will all happen. With your support it CAN happen.

To accomplish all my goals, I would love to raise $25,000. I set the goal at $12,000 because that will be enough to get an album done. However, my ultimate goal would be to raise $25,000 to have a few really incredible videos made. 

UPDATES 

I will be posting frequent YouTube videos to update everybody on our progress. Keep your eyes peeled for new pledge rewards

Find me on the web

Below is a list of places you can follow me: 

Facebook  Youtube   Fan Page   Wikipedia   Instagram    Twitter

Below here is a multitude of different pledges you can do to help the cause: 

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Thank You

I want to thank Bojan Vanovac for helping me get this Kickstarter video done. I want to thank Nick Singh, Jason Sheppard, George Sullivan, Jason Cunningham, Christine Arsenault and Travis Penny for helping me survive while I attempted to get this off the ground. Also, I want thank all my fans for pushing me to do music again. You have all given me my strength back. 

I want thank Erik Andrews for his help with the "2nd Chance" video. 

Lastly, thank you Kickstarter. For being the best outlet there is for struggling artists like myself. 

"2nd Chance" Video

 Lyric:  

"All the lies that I've been told, helped made me realize I was gold,

The truth gets spoken, leaving them choken as the skies unfold,

I look at the world there's too much beauty that my eyes can hold,

what if you could see it too and not have to keep yours eyes so closed?"

Risks and challenges

It can be a pretty daunting task trying to get out all of the merchandise I am promising to my backers. However, I will set aside all the time needed to efficiently make sure all merchandise goes out to everyone as promised, by no later than the end of May. The "2nd Chance" Album is not included for May shipping. For those who chose pledge packages guaranteeing them the album when it drops, you need to wait until it is finished, mastered and manufactured.

The Risk involved here is the same risk that any artist takes with a Kickstarter. Nobody knows how it will go. However, I believe wholeheartedly that my fans won't let me down.

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Support

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Receive an unreleased song I did called "Peace" produced by J Dilla before he passed away. RIP Dilla. Along with "What If" in (mp3 format) and a telepathic hug. :)

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    Receive 10 unreleased songs digitally emailed to you upon pledge.

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    A digital copy of the new album "2nd Chance" upon release a thank you in the liner notes.

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    New School Supporter's Pledge:

    Receive 10 of my Unreleased Thommy Kane songs via MP3 direct to your email, a thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album and a digital copy of my previous album "Apotheosis" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.

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    Old School Supporter's Pledge:

    Receive 10 of my Unreleased Poverty songs via MP3 direct to your email, a thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album and a digital copy of my previous album "Rise from Ruin (Revisited)" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.

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    A hard copy of the new album "2nd Chance" upon release a thank you in the liner notes.

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    The Fan's Pledge:

    Receive 20 of my Unreleased songs via MP3 direct to your email, a thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album and a digital copy of my previous albums "Rise from Ruin (Revisited)" & "Apotheosis" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.

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    Autographed Hard Copy of new album "2nd Chance" when its released

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    The Paradise Pledge Package:

    Receive an autographed original vinyl of my song "Paradise" a thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album and a digital copy of my previous albums "Rise from Ruin (Revisited)" & "Apotheosis" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.

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    The Rise from Ruin Pledge Package:

    Receive an autographed original hard copy of "Rise From Ruin" (The Red Album) that was released in 2003

    Along with a Hand Signed Hard Copy of the new album "2nd Chance" when its released.

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    The Devotion Pledge Package:

    I will mail you a personally autographed note declaring my unconditional love and unending devotion.

    Along with a Hand Signed Hard Copy of the new album "2nd Chance" when its released.

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    The Hardcore Fan's Pledge:

    Receive 20 of my Unreleased songs via MP3 direct to your email, an early digital copy of the "2nd Chance" album upon release, a digital copy of my previous album "Rise from Ruin (Revisited)" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge, a digital copy of my previous album "Apotheosis" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge, a Thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album and an autographed vinyl record of the song "Paradise"

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    The Ultimate Fan Pledge Package

    • An autographed hard copy of the new "2nd Chance" album upon release.
    • Digital email package of every song I've ever done in my career (released & unreleased)
    • Vinyl record of the song "The Pawn" produced by the Alchemist
    • Vinyl record of the song "The Postman" off the "Beef" Movie Soundtrack
    • Hard Disc EP of "Life Sucks" produced by the Alchemist
    • An autographed Thommy Kane Poster
    • A Thank you in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album

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    The Collector's Edition Pledge:

    • Autographed Hard Copy of the new album "2nd Chance"
    • A digital copy of my previous album "Rise from Ruin (Revisited)" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.
    • A digital copy of my previous album "Apotheosis" delivered to you via email immediately upon pledge.
    • "Special Thanks" in the liner notes of the new “2nd Chance” album
    • Vinyl record of the song "The Pawn" produced by the Alchemist
    • Vinyl record of the song "The Postman" off the "Beef" Movie Soundtrack
    • Hard Disc EP of "Life Sucks" produced by the Alchemist
    • An autographed Thommy Kane Poster
    • One official & newly released Thommy Kane T-Shirt
    • VIP Guest List (+1) at any 3 shows of your choice

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    VIP Special Invite to the "2nd Chance" record release party that will be held inside the Portland Club.

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    I will mail you a 100% original hand written letter from me that will come along with a 100% original hand written poem I will write just for you. The letter will also be autographed at the bottom and feature a hand written link that you can type in on your computer and download my entire catalog of music.

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    I will shoot two music videos myself of two random songs off the new album. These will NOT be the videos that I go public with. These will two randomly chosen songs that I shoot my own little videos for and I will personally email them to you. I will not upload these videos anywhere online. In other words, you will be the only person who has them. You and the other two people who pledged for this reward.

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    The Vanity Pledge Package:

    Receive everything from the Hardcore Fan's Pledge Package, as well as an appearance in either one of my first two awesome music videos. You will also be listed under the "Special Thanks" listing in liner notes of new album and receive a credit in the video.

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    Private Performance Pledge Package:

    Receive a one hour live performance from me at any house party, or location of your choice. (Local State Only)

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    Disc Golf Pledge Package:

    Most people who know me personally, know that I love playing Disc Golf. So if you choose this Pledge, and have the ability to get to Maine, me and my producer will play Disc Golf with you for an entire day. We have a few favorite courses and we may play at several of them. If you don't know how, it's no problem. We'll teach you the ropes in a matter of minutes.

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    The Web Pledge Package:

    Aside from being a hip hop artist, I also have an incredible talent at building insanely awesome websites. Make this pledge, and I will personally design you a fantastic website for your business, art, music, photography, etc.

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    Performing Artist Pledge Package:

    • I will do a song with you on your mixtape/album
    • I will have you open for me at one of my live shows and perform a verse with me during my performance.
    • An Invite (+1) to the “2nd Chance” record release party

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    The Supreme Backer Pledge Package:

    • The Official Notebook that I write all my lyrics in for this album (complete with doodles, throw away lyrics and song ideas.)
    • Autographed hard copy of the new album
    • Flash drive with every song and video I ever made on it.
    • An Invite (+1) to the “2nd Chance” record release party
    • VIP Guest List (+1) at any 10 shows of your choice
    • "Special Thanks" in new album liner notes

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    Personal Song Pledge Package:

    I will personally write and record a song for you. It can be about anything you want. It can be about making fun of someone you hate, getting revenge on ex, whatever you want. I will write, record and produce an entire song specifically tailored for you. Whatever you want.

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    Produce Pledge Package:

    • Producer Credit on new album "2nd Chance"
    • Flash drive with every song and video I ever made on it.
    • An Invite (+1) to the “2nd Chance” record release party
    • VIP Guest List (+1) at any 10 shows of your choice

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    I will where a hoodie/shirt in my first music video of your choice, with any brand on it you choose that you want me to promote. I will also feature a link to your company/brand website under the video on YouTube and give you or your brand a "special thanks" inside the liner of the new album.

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    The Big Shot Pledge Package:

    • Executive producer credit on new album "2nd Chance"

    • Any 5 things I'm offering from any pledge package

    • My unassailable love for life.

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Funding period

- (30 days)