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Pure classic Hip-Hop at its finest. Hard beats and ill rhymes from the mind of a conscious, positive, lyrical and street-edged emcee. Read more

New York, NY Hip-Hop
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Pure classic Hip-Hop at its finest. Hard beats and ill rhymes from the mind of a conscious, positive, lyrical and street-edged emcee.

New York, NY Hip-Hop
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DIVINE PERSONA

To all those in the know, there is no question to the talent, artistry and star quality that Divine possesses. From affiliations with Hip-Hop legend and icon Rakim (of Eric B. & Rakim fame) and Queensbridge pioneer and Hip-Hop legend Tragedy Khadafi, to a NYC's Underground Music Award's nomination for the prestigious "Essence Of Hip-Hop" award in 2010, now comes Divine's official debut album Ghetto Rhymin'.

Divine & Rakim
Divine & Rakim
Divine & Tragedy Khadafi
Divine & Tragedy Khadafi
Divine nominated for the prestigious "Essence Of Hip-Hop" award by NYC's Underground Music Awards
Divine nominated for the prestigious "Essence Of Hip-Hop" award by NYC's Underground Music Awards

"EXPLORE A NEW ERA IN HIP-HOP!!!"

"Ghetto Rhymin'"
"Ghetto Rhymin'"

"GHETTO RHYMIN'" PROJECT

"Ghetto Rhymin'" is Divine's official debut and full-length studio album that's been several years in the making. It contains 16 tracks (14 full songs & 2 preludes) of pure, classic and street edged Hip-Hop/Rap music. It was produced by several up-and-coming producers both from the States and overseas and executive produced by Divine and Supreme Records A&R and Divine's manager, D. Ayatollah. Divine's been working tirelessly to finalize this album for quite some time, but due to personal and financial obstacles and setbacks its been held up. Divine maintains a strong underground fan base and grassroots following, and this album, though long overdue, remains highly awaited and anticipated by his fans, family, friends, supporters and peers alike. Ghetto Rhymin' has a tentative release date for the first quarter of 2014 and will be released on independent NYC urban record label Supreme Records.

BEING AN INDIE-ARTIST

However, as an independent artist everything has been out-of-pocket and financed by Divine himself. Though he recorded the entire album some time ago in his own personal studio at minimal cost, he opt to finalize the album in a professional studio, due to the unfortunate loss of his own studio recording equipment, and really wanting a final professional polish on the project that would be on the level of a major label artist and release. And though the project was recorded some time ago Divine remained firm and committed to seeing it released, not only due to the strength of the material, but also due to the overall strenuous and challenging effort it took to make and get the album to this point.

So, for almost over the last past year Divine's been in a professional recording studio in the final stages of post-production, mixing and mastering the album at TRIAD Normandy Sound with recording/mixing/mastering engineers Tony Ricci and the legendary Phil Greene (New Edition, New Kids On The Block, etc.). Though at the point of only a few studio sessions left to finalize the album and submit it to the distributor, Divine's finances and budget was abruptly depleted and he's found himself without any capital to complete the project. So close to seeing its release, yet still so far away. Hence, the initiation of this Kickstarter project and fund campaign in hopes that we will be able to raise enough funds to finally finalize the album, manufacture CDs, etc.

Divine, Tony Ricci & Phil Greene (TRIAD Normandy Sound)
Divine, Tony Ricci & Phil Greene (TRIAD Normandy Sound)

KICKSTARTER FUNDS UTILIZATION

If successful, depending on scheduling at the studio, it could take anywhere from 4-8 weeks to finalize the mixing and mastering from the day Divine's 'funded'. Once that's completed and we submit the 'master recording' (CD) to the distributor it will take approximately 6 weeks to get placed into all the digital outlets and officially enter the commercial market digitally. Not only will the funds raised by this Kickstarter campaign go directly to the finalization of the mixing and mastering of Ghetto Rhymin', but we'll also be allocating portions of the funds to the manufacturing of CDs for physical distribution and shooting several music videos for the album, hopefully as well as to other various affordable promotion and marketing campaigns.

OUR GOALS

It's very expensive to release a professional album independently and indie-album budgets can begin in the tens of thousands. Although Divine has already put so much capital into this album over the years to bring it to this point, our minimum fundraising goal of $7,000. is very modest. If we could possibly raise up to or even beyond $10,000. it would absolutely bring Ghetto Rhymin' to the next level. Our goal is to release this album within the first quarter of 2014 and continue to follow through with efforts throughout the year to make it a successful commercial release. We’re offering some great rewards for pledges and our hopes are that you can aid Divine in making this happen and we extend our utmost thank you and appreciation in advance.

Divine  - "The 4th Letter"
Divine - "The 4th Letter"

DIVINE CURRENTLY

"7TH DYNASTY"

Divine's newest single 7th Dynasty featuring Tragedy Khadafi is currently in rotation on college radio nationwide and being played all over internet radio as well. 7th Dynasty has been steadily climbing the college radio charts since late last year and (at the time of this writing) is currently on the national college radio charts 'Top 40' at #21 and #24 on Record Breakers and Rap Attack Lives respectively, for the week ending 1/27.

College Radio 'Top 40' Charts

Listen now: "7TH DYNASTY" FT. TRAGEDY KHADAFI

DIVINE PAST WORKS

For those of you who may not be familiar with Divine at all, below are some of Divine's past works for you to review and get acquainted.

VIDEO:

"TRUE RHYME"

AUDIO:

"EMPIRE STATE"

Listen now: "EMPIRE STATE"

OTHER MEDIA

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Facebook

Twitter

Youtube

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Risks and challenges

Professionally producing and releasing an independent full-length studio album is much harder than most people think. There are significant recording, mixing and mastering costs and scheduling associated with all that an artist creates and one can easily run over budget and miss deadlines. Not to mention manufacturing and marketing and promotion costs, scheduling and deadlines once the record is complete.

Divine and the creation of "Ghetto Rhymin'" have already faced and overcame the hardest of obstacles and challenges in seeing the fruition and release of this album, both personally and financially. Anything beyond that is mere child's play and we're confident that any additional unforeseen minor challenge(s) that have the potential to arise, will be met and dealt with the same resilience those of a more major concern were met and dealt with and eventually overcame.

The greatest challenge we'll face will be projected turnaround times, timelines and scheduling in getting the product to market and continued promotion and marketing campaigns. Such would be the CD manufacturing timeline to be sure its coordinated with the digital release of the album so that they coincide. From there would be coordinating the video production and promotion and marketing campaigns to be sure that they coincide with one another as well, so as to give us the maximum push for the awareness of the album.

Once we have met our minimum Kickstarter goal our first priority will be finalizing the mixing and mastering and sending the album to be manufactured. The time it takes to mix an album varies but we are in the final stages of mixing at this point, and depending on studio availability and scheduling, mastering an album usually takes 1-2 weeks. Manufacturing the album into physical CDs is generally a two week process.

Funds raised will also be utilized to fulfill the pledge rewards that we have offered. The turnaround time needed to create most of these items is within a few weeks. Depending on your geographical location, items may take longer to ship and arrive than others. Getting all the rewards fulfilled will be priority and we'll be working tirelessly to get them produced and shipped out immediately.

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    DIVINE’S SOCIAL MEDIA ‘SPECIAL THANKS’: Receive a ‘special thanks’ and brief personalized message and ‘shout out’ from Divine directed towards your generosity and continued support posted on Divine’s personal Facebook band/artist page wall and tweeted via Divine’s personal Twitter profile.

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    2 backers

    YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA ‘SPECIAL THANKS’: Receive a ‘special thanks’ and brief personalized message and ‘shout out’ from Divine directed towards your generosity and continued support posted on your personal Facebook profile/page wall and tweeted via Divine’s personal Twitter profile.

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    0 backers

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ‘SPECIAL THANKS’: Receive your first name initial and full last name placed within and on a 'Kickstarter Executive Producers Special Thanks' insert and digital file accompanying the "Ghetto Rhymin'" album’s physical CD and digital booklet of the official "Ghetto Rhymin'" physical CD and digital album release.

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    3 backers

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ DIGITAL ALBUM” (ADVANCE COPY): Receive one (1) advance (before actual commercial release) copy of professional industry standard and retail ready digital "Ghetto Rhymin'" album (including album cover artwork & digital booklet) e-mailed to you three (3) days before the actual release date.

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    1 backer

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ CD ALBUM” (ADVANCE COPY): Receive One (1) advance (before actual commercial release) copy of professional industry standard retail packaged and ready physical CD album "Ghetto Rhymin'" mailed within the first two weeks before the actual release date.

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    1 backer Limited (249 left of 250)

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ POSTER Pack” (includes advance copy of “Ghetto Rhymin’ Digital Album”): Receive a limited edition high-quality 18x24 “GHETTO RHYMIN’” album cover artwork poster ‘autographed’ by Divine + an advance digital copy of “Ghetto Rhymin’”. Only 250 of these posters will be produced.

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    2 backers

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ STANDARD Album Pack”: Receive one (1) advance (before actual commercial release) copy of professional industry standard retail packaged and ready physical CD album "Ghetto Rhymin'" + one (1) 11x17 mini-poster of "Ghetto Rhymin'" album cover artwork.

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    0 backers

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLUS Album Pack”: Receive one (1) advance (before actual commercial release) copy of professional industry standard retail packaged and ready physical CD album "Ghetto Rhymin'" + one (1) 11x17 mini-poster of "Ghetto Rhymin'" album cover artwork + one (1) 'Divine' artist branded T-Shirt.

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    2 backers

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ GOLD Album Pack”: Receive one (1) advance (before actual commercial release) copy of professional industry standard retail packaged and ready physical CD album "Ghetto Rhymin'" + one (1) ‘autographed’ 11x17 mini-poster of "Ghetto Rhymin'" album cover artwork + one (1) 'Divine' artist branded T-Shirt.

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    1 backer

    “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”: Receive one (1) advance (before actual commercial release) ‘autographed’ copy of professional industry standard retail packaged and ready physical CD album "Ghetto Rhymin'" + one (1) ‘autographed’ 11x17 mini-poster of "Ghetto Rhymin'" album cover artwork + two (2) 'Divine' artist branded T-Shirts.

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    0 backers

    DIVINE TELEPHONE CALL OR TEXT (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive an opportunity to speak to Divine directly for at least a half hour (30 minutes) via telephone or text (your preference). Divine will call or text you and thank you personally for your contribution and continued support and you can speak to him about whatever you choose to ask or converse about for at least a half hour.

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    1 backer

    DIVINE VIDEO CALL (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a face to face opportunity to speak to Divine directly for at least a half hour (30 minutes) via Skype, FaceTime, or similar video calling service. Divine will thank you personally for your contribution and continued support and you can speak to him about whatever you choose to ask or converse about for at least a half hour.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    DINNER WITH DIVINE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a dinner with Divine! You'll get to have a one-on-one dinner with Divine in NYC! You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    DIVINE PHOTO SHOOT (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a professional photo shoot with Divine! You (and a friend) get to hang out and engage in a one (1) hour (60 minutes) professional photo shoot with Divine in NYC and keep several pics of you and Divine from the shoot. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    DIVINE MUSIC VIDEO CAMEO (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive the opportunity to cameo in one of Divines professional videos shot in NYC! You (and a friend) will be placed in a scene and/or segment of one of Divine’s videos for a song from “Ghetto Rhymin’” and receive a copy of the video once completed. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    DIVINE MUSIC VIDEO FEATURE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive the opportunity to feature in one of Divines professional videos shot in NYC! If you’re a video model and/or dancer you will be placed and featured prominently in a scene and/or segment of one of Divine’s videos for a song from “Ghetto Rhymin’” and receive a copy of the video once completed. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    DIVINE RECORDING STUDIO SESSION (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive the opportunity to attend one of Divine’s recording studio sessions in NYC! You (and a friend) will get to accompany Divine in the recording studio to hang out for at least two (2) hours (120 minutes) and witness Divine at work recording. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    DIVINE SONG FEATURE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a feature from Divine on your Hip-Hop/Rap or R&B song! You get the opportunity to have Divine do a one verse and/or hook/chorus feature performance on your Hip-Hop/Rap or R&B song. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack”.

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    1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)

    DIVINE LIVE PERFORMANCE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a live performance from Divine wherever you are in the US! Divine will perform three (3) songs from “Ghetto Rhymin’” at any venue of your choice (home, etc.) for any event (private party, etc.) anywhere in the US. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide the cost of the venue if applicable. Travel and performance within the US mainland only.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    DAY WITH DIVINE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a day with Divine! You'll get to spend a full one-on-one day (12 hrs.) with Divine in NYC! You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    PERSONAL VISIT FROM DIVINE (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a personal visit from Divine wherever you are in the US! You'll get to spend a full day and night hanging out with Divine wherever you reside in the US! You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. Travel within the US mainland only.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    DIVINE GHOSTWRITING SONG (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive an entire song ghostwritten by Divine for you! Provide Divine with a reasonable topic and/or subject matter and Divine will ghostwrite an entire song for you to a beat of your selection that he provides for you to later record at your leisure. All rights to the song (beat/music and lyrics) will be yours. You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack”.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    DAY & EVENING STUDIO SESSION WITH DIVINE & TRAGEDY KHADAFI (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a day and an evening studio session with Divine and Tragedy Khadafi! You'll get to spend a full one-on-one day hanging out and then an evening studio session with Divine and Queensbridge pioneer & Hip-Hop legend Tragedy Khadafi in NYC! You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. You must provide your own travel and accommodations.

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    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    PERSONAL VISIT FROM DIVINE & TRAGEDY KHADAFI (+ “Ghetto Rhymin’ PLATINUM Album Pack”): Receive a personal visit from Divine and Tragedy Khadafi wherever you are in the US! You'll get to spend a full day and night hanging out with Divine and Queensbridge pioneer & Hip-Hop legend Tragedy Khadafi wherever you reside in the US! You'll also receive a “Ghetto Rhymin’ Platinum Album Pack” directly from Divine. Travel within the US mainland only.

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