The Album: RAPTURE
This will be our first full-length Hip Hop album debut co-created by Emcee YashAkasha and producer Steven Newmanium at Solomon Soundscapes Studios in CO. The album skillfully interweaves many genres such as: Hip Hop, Medicine Song, Rock, Folk, Incantations, Mantras, Tribal, Psytrance, Metal, EDM, and more.
Featured Artists/Vocalists&MC's Include:
LILY FANGZ, SriKala (aka Srikalogy), Hannah Apollonia, Felicia Chavando, Alyona Mindlin, Liv Phoenix, Daniel "Tr9nsfer" Battigali, Davis "Wisdom" Trachte, Charlie "C. Waters" Angelo, Devin "Just B3ing" Weiss, and potentially 1 more exciting surprise guest to TBA
P.S. These are all very special amazing people.
With audio quotes from: KRS-One, Maestro Manuel Rufino, Bill Hicks, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sherlock Holmes, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others!
2. Boom Shiva
3. Transtribal Codex
4. Animystic Linguistics
5. Red (and Yellow Brick) Road
6. Warriors of Peace
8. International Anthem
9. Temple of Solomon
10. The Holy Grail
11. To the People
[song order may be subject to change]
**click on small "Yash Akasha" profile name at top of campaign page to read the two main contributors personal artist bios!!
The Book: RAPTURE: An Exegesis
To fully understand the entire body of lyrics, you would need to be an intermediate-to-advanced student of esoteric and initiatic Wisdom Traditions AND understand the language of fast-paced Hip Hop slang (not to mention speak several languages). But fear not! We have created a comprehensive booklet to go with the CD for even greater appreciation and comprehension. Published by the Worldchangers Organization through association with Imprimatur (an offshoot of Albion-Andalus Books).
We very highly recommend getting both the album and the text as a complimentary unit and teaching tool. This will be Yasha's first printed book as an author: it will be a small booklet that transcribes all the lyrics in the album. Including:
1. Introduction with photos of featured artists and quoted teachers
2. Lyrics for every song in the RAPTURE album
3. Some scholarly annotations explaining esoteric references, citing the initiatic wisdom traditions that they come from, and elucidating the Hip Hop jargon
4. Translations for multilingual songs
5. Next projects will include both scholarly and devotional written works on esoteric studies, poetry compilations, stories, and illustrations, as well as online publications and articles.
CD Release Party: EXODUS
We are producing an epic Winter Solstice transformational gathering/ celebratory festival-event for Consciousness, Hip Hop, and Sustainability in Boulder, CO. It is called "EXODUS", and it is our CD Release party, where we will be playing songs directly from the album - live with a full instrumental band including YashAkasha, Steven Newmanium, Alan Senter, Scott Mueller, Liv Phoenix, and special guest(s).
There will be nighttime DJ sets by BUDDHA BOMB and HigherGlyph! As well as local Hip Hop artists on the line-up including: Mike Wird, MC AD, C. Waters, and Citrus. There will be Ceremonial Cacao, Aerial Dancer, Live Painting by top-notch visionary artists, and so much more! Dec. 22nd 7:30 PM at Vali Soul Sanctuary. More details to follow. Stay tuned for the event page...
This music is made to uplift you in a whole new way and to offer exciting insights into the mysteries of life that you care about most. When you feel down, when you feel confused, we hope that you give it a listen and it helps you process. When you're soaring and full of life, we hope you can bump these tunes to dance and be filled with joy.
This music is meant to raise awareness and to change lives. It is meant to trigger research projects and journeys of self-education and self-discovery, consciousness expansion, and spiritual awakening. It is meant to shift the global paradigm into something more harmonious, sustainable, peaceful, empowered, and just. This music can transform the whole world simply by transforming your own state of being as an individual while you listen to it.
Music Production: Equipment-Composing-Recording-Mixing (approx. $500), Outsourced Mastering (approx $200), Printing CD's-Making Album Cover-and Uploading Online Content (Approx $400), Paid Lyrics Transcription and Book Publication and Printing (approx. $570), Paid Featured Musicians ($485), Event Production: Venue-Promotion-Paid Headliners-etc (approx. $600), Total=approx. $2,755...
If we (hopefully) make more than that amount, the rest will go into much needed further funding for continued distribution and next creative projects and inspiring visions... such as a new series of original high quality educational Hip Hop music videos and our next Live Tour. This project also helps spread awareness for Worldchangers Organization (a public charity) and other non-profit projects.
Why now? Why you?:
YOU are literally our main source of funding for this project. Without you there would be no point. This is a completely grassroots/underground/independent/bootstrapped event. We are not catering this music to the entertainment industry at large... we are catering this music to YOU personally. We want our own friends and family to enjoy it and share it, because it's relevant to their unique life journeys in a way that the popular music does not understand and cannot tap.
NOW, more than ever, our world needs authentic grassroots self expression that has both heart and spine. We are not trying to do whatever is most appealing to the masses, we are not trying to compromise our message with the requests of social engineers. No corporate influence, no Hollywood record label, no mainstream sponsors, no product placement, no political endorsement, no BS. Genuine music. Passionate poetry. Inspired art. It's human. It's real. It's raw. And it's rare.
This is entirely a labor of love. Blood, sweat, and tears of joy. We really do need you in order to make it happen in a regenerative way. All together. It may sound cliche, it may sound like marketing, I get that -- but ultimately, in reality, this is as truly vulnerable, transparent, and honest as it gets: We have a dream, but it cannot come true without you. We have a gift, but it can only be shared if you are there to receive. Please show up for us and we promise that we will show up for you. I think that's how this circle of life thing works -- how it's supposed to function.
Music Video Sample -- A work that was inspired by Talib Kwelli and Xiuhtezcatl Martinez when they asked for a piece in support of the Water is Life campaign:
Fan-made clips from some of the live shows during our US Summer Tour 2017:
A shamanic Summit was held in the mountains, and we got to play a set while our old friend and street-art graffiti hero Chris Dyer was live painting:
Playing with French Canadian DJ "Tron Sepia" in New York. He graciously invited me to MC on his set after attending my Alchemical Roots of Hip Hop educational workshop this Summer:
The infamous Moon Cat Preach of the One Tribe Movement spontaneously showed up to bless and support our show at Elixart in Nevada City, CA, during the tour this summer. Needless to say, a raw old-school street-corner OG cypher-session freestyle beat-box circle quickly ensued...:
Drumming some Djembe with Steven on guitar for the Allstar jam session at Rainbow Lightning Children's Village stage ...plus a young special guest:
Breakin it down with some spoken word at an interfaith peace conference at Colorado College:
Magdelion Moondrop, ladies and gentlemen:
Medicinal beatbox samples:
Record scratching on the Kickstarter video is by Corey aka "Friendly", creator of Thrive: Raw Vegan Restaurant in Boulder... and the medicinal chanting vocals are by dear sister Felicia Chavando... Cover photo from the Kickstater promo video was taken by Alyona Mindlin
PS. Blast from the Past:
Click link to watch Yasha as a very young child MC'ing a room full of adults with some classic Russian poetry...
And as a slightly older child, continuing discover a love for microphones while questioning conventional authority about us&them victim/blame mentality as a source of warfare:
Risks and challenges
We are getting ready for the final sprint. We need to hustle through the closing stages of the album production to get it done in time to share with the world on Winter Solstice. This phase will involve the greatest expenses. We are juggling our passions and responsibilities in a tightrope dance through time. You can, you know, chip in now and help us out with getting it done on time stress-free!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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