Whether you've been following my journey as an artist/activist from the beginning, or if you only know me as the long haired kid with the unpronounceable name that's suing the government, I am beyond stoked to announce that my first solo hip hop album "Break Free" is on its way to the world.
"Break Free" is dedicated to the people of the world facing the greatest struggles of our times. To people at the front lines of the movements that will shape history, and those that face struggles in their lives every single day. As a 16 year old navigating the many many challenges life will throw at us, I know that amidst the darkness we need hope to guide the way. ESPECIALLY in these times, we need music, messages, people, dreams and movements, that we can believe in. I want this project to be a beacon of hope in a broken world that BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER, and in the last 9 years of making music, I'm at a place as an artist where I'm ready to show the world what I'm capable of creating.
After performing on stages worldwide with the Earth Guardian crew, this project is my first leap into the world as a solo artist. Sharing the stage and collaborating with esteemed artists and bands such as Talib Kweli, Jurassic 5, Rising Appalachia, Raury, Nahko Bear, Trevor Hall, Flobots and many more has offered an amazing platform from which my musical prowess has greatly expanded and evolved.
I'm working to masterfully craft every track on this album, and am doing most of the production myself to remind the world that music is meant to bring people together, to share stories and inspire change. Art and music are forms of resistance. These are songs of movements, pain, loss, life, love, and the world. I'm telling my story using music that people will be able to relate to. I want this music to inspire you, to wake people up, make you dance and show you that hip hop can be a tool for creating change.
To complete this piece of art and chase this dream of mine, I am asking for your help in achieving my goal of raising 20,000 to go to the costs of creating an album. I am not cutting corners. This project is grassroots, global family-funded, independent and made for YOU, the people. 100% of your investment will go towards composing, recording, mixing, mastering, and distributing the best music I can make. Extra funds will be used to give life to amazing ideas, projects, products and extra content that uplifts my voice and music. Supporting this Kickstarter will get you an array of pre released and exclusive gifts, perks, and tools for revolution!
I've spent the last several years of my life traveling the world, at the front lines of some of the greatest struggles of our time, meeting artists, activists, front lines fighters, students, revolutionaries and dreamers. This album is an art piece that tells the stories of our world, the struggles and triumph of movements, despair and hope, crisis and resilience, through the eyes of a member of the younger generation.
A good friend of mine named Mark Ruffalo said that "WE HAVE TO FUND THE FIGHTERS". This is the way I resist, the way I use my voice and fight for a world we can believe in. Nothing can stop a revolution inspired by love and justice, and communicated through passion and art. We RYSE, forever reaching higher!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I face is the many projects and commitments I have underway that could interfere with timeliness of this album. As my first solo project, the support from all of you is critical for me to achieve my financial goals. I want this album to reflect the quality and extent of my artistic capability as well as my integrity and commitment to the communities movements I've engaged with. This is an ambitious project that is going to require extensive resources, time, and organization.
To address the challenge of my heavy schedule I've blocked out a significant amount of time over the following months to completing this album as my next big step in sharing my voice with the world. The content of this album is coming close to completion, and I am going to be ready to take these songs into the studio very soon.
With the support from YOU, I will be able to gather the resources necessary to making this project happen under the timeline I have committed to.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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