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Average guy, awesome rapper looking to go out with an album like those I loved: liner notes, lyric sheets, dope raps and fresh beats.

notebooks, post-it notes, koozies, shirts, bottle openers, toothpick holders, stress balls, pens, keychains, customer appreciation cards...
notebooks, post-it notes, koozies, shirts, bottle openers, toothpick holders, stress balls, pens, keychains, customer appreciation cards...

Who?

Sankofa, a rapper calling Fort Wayne home.  The 1986 Lego building champion of Geelong.  Scorer of a 7.1 from Pitchfork.  One of URB Magazine's Next 100.  You might have heard him on songs with Cunninlynguists, Ceschi, Kashal-Tee, Noah23, White Collar Criminals, the Silversmiths, SA-2, Seron, and tons more. 

What?

Your hard-given dollars will build a tower of Babel, a CD stairway to heaven featuring raps from a guy too fascinated by his magical son to keep doing this much longer.  Packed with ballpark 16 songs in the dope like a pound or key of life produced by Agent Orange, EDS, enoch root, DRU PHIT, adrien75, Geno, and Purify. 

alternate shirt design ("Sankofa" on left sleeve)
alternate shirt design ("Sankofa" on left sleeve)

How? 

With Egyptian ingenuity (and your dollars), I will pull it off like no other.

Why?

Having this album marinate for such a time period meant I had more time to think of cool Kickstarter trinkets.  I usually go silly on such things (word to Obese America's Cottage Cheese Industries), but I went full on ludicrous and truly outdid myself.  This album and all its side trinkets are a thank you to the collectors who hold dear Sankofa releases and merch I don't even have.

Politicking daily with laundromats
Politicking daily with laundromats

Where's the money go?

Mixing down/mastering the album, graphic design/layout, pressing 300 CDs with 8 page full-color booklets, full color on disc printing, CDbaby for digital distribution (iTunes, spotify, etc.), shipping out your goodness.

What if more money is raised?

I have some sweet supersecret plans, maybe I'll film a video.

Enough jibber jabber, show me the shoes!

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I have gathered all aforementioned goodies. This is not a case of scrambling to get ducks in a line. The graphic design fellow and mixdown/mastering sonic wizard are ready to go. Outside of living at the post office, I should be doing okay.

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    The Nancy Sinatra Tape Pack: 38 odd minutes of unheard goodness, from solo work of yore to formerly vinyl-bound Silversmiths cuts, all the way to a couple unreleased Fun with Chicken??? tracks. Pack also comes with a CD, sticker, customer loyalty card, and toothpick holder.

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    Lister Blister Pack: a real live 18" by 24" Sankofa poster, customer loyalty card, sticker, and CD.

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    Shirtery Pack: one Sankofa shirt (size S-2X), a CD, toothpick holder, customer loyalty card, plus a sticker. Please make sure to specify shirt size.

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    Caponomics Pack: one CD, one embroidered Sankofa cap, a customer loyalty card, a sticker, a custom toothpick holder, and a legoman.

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    Kofa PAC Pack: A glorious lawn sign and stand (seen election day, making Mourdock and Romney lawn signs jealous), plus a CD and legoman. I'd throw in a brochure, but I don't have any.

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    Carnivore Pack: We will hit up King Gyros and eat like champs. I will cover the first ten bucks of your bill, the rest is up to you. In addition, you get a CD, a Jumbo Jet of Flavor fridge magnet, a Sankofa toothpick holder and a messy face. It's up to you to find your way to and from King Gyros (I was not born with the gift of great directional sense).

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    Jumbo Jet of Flavor Pack: We will convene at Bravas (whether cart or truck) and mow down like there's no food in tomorrow's fridge. The first 10 bucks of your meal is on me. I'm not kidding, their dogs are the hounds of whom Baskervillains never dared dream. Just to sweeten the deal, I'll throw in a CD, a Jumbo Jet of Flavor fridge magnet, and maybe even a toothpick holder. Got to be able to get there and back solo staal.

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    12 Pack: A long time ago, Kno of Cunninlynguists asked if I would rap on a song he was assembling. Said song earned the name 616 Rewind and found its way to vinyl. I still have a sealed copy which will go to whoever thinks "I have a record player and Sankofa's verse was probably the weakest." Heck, to compensate, I'll toss in my CD, a legoman, customer loyalty card and wish you well.

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    Writer Pack: 3 Sankofa post-it note stacks, 1 official Sankofa notebook (blank, lines are for suckers), 1 Sankofa pen, a Jumbo Jet of Flavor fridge magnet, , a sticker, a customer loyalty card, one CD, and the album's instrumentals.

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    The Horror Pack: An 8" by 10" aluminum photo print of the album cover in all its HOLYCOW glory plus a CD.

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    T-Rex pack: We will lay waste to Ziffles, the finest ribs found in Fort Wayne. The first 15 bucks of your bill is on me, the rest is all you. I'll even throw in a CD, a Jumbo Jet of Flavor fridge magnet, and Sankofa toothpick holder as we talk about all the good times that never were. Think about it-ribs, nascar mirrors, and an even messier face than King Gyros. Per the Carnivore Pack, finding your way to and fro is all on you.

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    Chasing Ghosts Pack: I will attack one of my beloved pairs of Nike Wildedges (I'm not kidding, I own 13 of those suckers in different colorways and only 2 have scuffs) with a hacksaw, film the carnage, upload said footage to youtube/facebook and make the video your domain, send you a shred of the shoe for proof of life and throw in a CD and sticker because this is about music.

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    Killing your Living Room Pack: I will perform a 20 minute set of pure rap fury in your living room. If your living room is creepy, I might even play a 25 minute set. Being as I'm a family fellow, this is pretty much a Fort Wayne only thing.

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    Lo Pack: An ognihs-designed pair of Nike Mavrk 3 Lows, "snkfa" on the tongues and "JMB" on the heel counters, window decal, Sankofa toothpick holder, customer loyalty card, a Jumbo Jet of Flavor fridge magnet, a sticker, The Nancy Sinatra Tape, a legoman with ill viking helmet, a shirt, and the CD. Make sure to specify shirt and shoe size.

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