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Debut release from Hip Hop artist, Climate Warrior, Xiuhtezcatl of Earth Guardians. Bringing the movement to the masses through music.
302 backers pledged $22,685 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

forever reaching higher
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.

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    It's an avocado, thaaanksss

    You get a email thank you, and a link to my favorite video on youtube!

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    Digital Singles Bundle!

    After nearly three years of not releasing music YOU get to be the first to receive digital downloads of 2 FRESH SINGLES off the album before anyone else!

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    "Break Free" ALBUM DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    YOU are of the first to receive a pre-released digital download of the self produced "Break Free" album to jam to in the car, or blast on the boom box on your shoulder as you walk through the streets. (Backers at all higher levels also receive this perk).

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    "BreakFree"DGTLdownload(no shipping fee)

    YOU are of the first to receive a pre-released digital download of the self produced "Break Free" album to jam to in the car, or blast on the boombox on your shoulder as you walk down the street. (Backers of all higher levels will also receive this perk)

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    EG rebel bandana + EG sticker

    Along with a pre-released digital download of "Break Free", you will also receive an Earth Guardians rebel bandana to mask your face while marching for justice, monkey wrenching pipelines, or simply looking fly. You'll also get a dope sticker with the Earth Guardians logo on it.

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    PROTECT THE SACRED

    You are the lucky recipient of Shepard Ferrie's beautiful "Protect the Sacred Poster" along with a physical copy of the "Break Free" album!

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    EG tank top + "Break Free" CD

    Your donation gets you a physical copy of the "Break Free" album alongside a dope grey Earth Guardians tank top to rep the movement. We'll throw in a few Earth Guardians sticker to plaster through your city!

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    RELEASE PARTY TIX + SIGNED CD

    Come celebrate the release of this project with 2 tickets to the "Break Free" album release party, featuring Xiuhtezcatl and surprise special guest artists TBA. (Album release party to be held in Colorado, travel costs not included)
    You ALSO get a SIGNED physical copy of "Break Free" and one of Shepard Ferries "Protect the Sacred" Full Size posters.

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    RELEASE PARTY TIX + SIGNED CD + SHOUTOUT

    This perk gets you a personal THANK YOU video + shout out on Facebook, 2 tickets to the album release party (Album release party to be held in Colorado, travel costs not included) AND 2 signed "Break Free" CD's for you to be able to share this music with those you love!

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    EXCLUSIVE 1 ON 1 SKYPE W/ XIUHTEZCATL

    Your very generous contribution to this project is greatly appreciated. This perk wins you a 20 minute Skype session with me, Xiuhtezcatl, which can be a dialogue/virtual meet and greet, a display of unreleased writings and low-key performance/artistic sharing, or just an opportunity for me to thank you and have a chill conversation.

    You also get two signed "Break Free" albums, 2 tickets to the "Break Free" album release party (Album release party to be held in Colorado, travel costs not included) AND A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE UNRELEASED SINGLE (equally dope as it is secretive and exclusive)

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    ALL THE WAY UP!!!

    WHOOOAAA, you've successfully funded half of this project! You get something REAL special.
    Backing the "Break Free" project at this level gets you an IN HOUSE PERFORMANCE from myself and the crew, anywhere in the continental US, and a massive in person THANK YOU for helping make this project possible. Jam session/concert/danceparty/celebration/gathering/hip hop cypher/birthday party! Whatever you feel would be the best way to thank you for your support. (Details, locations and dates to be discussed privately)

    You'll also receive 2 signed copies of the "Break Free" CD, THE LEGENDARY KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE UNRELEASED SINGLE (sshh, its a secret) AND the knowledge that you are helping make my dreams come true, and my passion become my reality.

    YOUR NAME will also be written in the "Special thanks" section on all physical copies of the album to put the icing on the cake.

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