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BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY are ready to unleash a fantastic collection titled "For Smokers Only" via Robotic Empire!

Robotic Empire proudly announces: THE definitive BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY collection of hymns to Mother Nature's finest green gift on "For Smokers Only", a magnificent crop of tracks from across BONE THUGS and members impressive catalogs of recordings.

From the band that has sold over 30 million records worldwide, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY have harvested enough kind tracks to assemble an incredible homage to their favorite medicinal herb... and Robotic Empire is both thrilled and amazed to present this to you today!

Renown globally as the originators of Thuggish Ruggish Bone Harmonization, BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY are true groundbreakers with their unique combination of heartfelt melody and street realism. A variety of vocal speeds and skills are mixed with infectious beats, resulting in unparalleled rap in both substance and style.

There have been none before or after that accurately compare to the exclusive quality and talent that is BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY, and to unleash this heady collection is truly a privilege we won't soon forget.

 (CD artwork, subject to change)

Mainly comprised of rare cuts previously stashed throughout BONE THUGS' and members' solo albums, some of the material featured here will be made available in the physical format for the very first time!

This "For Smokers Only" collection has never been available before on CD or LP, previously released earlier this year solely as a digital-download. The songs found here are 12 high quality nuggets representing BONE THUGS' fondness for imbibing in an age-old ritual that many of us also know and love. The full track list is as follows:

We're doing this Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising enough funds to start manufacturing CDs plus both the standard edition vinyl-LP and deluxe DIE HARD edition LP of "For Smokers Only", plus hopefully cover some licensing and legal fees, and basically just work with one of the most amazing hip hop bands on the planet!

What we're offering via this Kickstarter campaign is a special opportunity to own BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY material on vinyl, as most of their albums that've been pressed on wax are now long out of print. In combination with the vinyl LP, a high-quality DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of "For Smokers Only" will be included with every LP ordered.

HERE IS WHAT WE PLAN ON MAKING:

  • The CD will be packaged in a jewel case with full-color artwork.
  •  The standard vinyl LP will come on your choice of black or green vinyl packaged in a color jacket, and includes a high quality digital-download of the full album.
  •  The deluxe DIE HARD edition will come on limited "PURPLE HAZE" (purple-N-green) color vinyl housed in an oversized ziplock baggie, an exclusive "bud tribute" slipmat, a hand-numbered 11" x 17" screenprinted blacklight poster, stickers, 1.5" button, full album digital-download AND bonus additional download of the "Everyday Thugs" album!
  •  A special limited vinyl TEST PRESS edition, plus the truly massive "VIP MEGABONE" option...(see below)

Important Note: THIS RELEASE WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA OUTSIDE OF THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF COPIES IMPORTED VIA THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN!!

Because this release is being manufactured and distributed in Europe, pledge prices have been calculated to include the "import shipping" costs for USA orderers. People in other countries: please see the "International Shipping" price section of the FAQ found below, as shipping for this release is a little different from how we normally do things.

HERE ARE THE DIFFERENT PLEDGE OPTIONS:
*Again, please keep in mind that these prices already INCLUDE shipping within the USA*

$10 Pledge:
"For Smokers Only" CD

$17 Pledge:
"For Smokers Only" standard vinyl LP w/ digital download of album, on your choice of green or black vinyl

$25 Pledge:
"For Smokers Only" standard vinyl LP w/ digital download, plus "For Smokers Only" CD edition

$30 Pledge:
"For Smokers Only" standard vinyl LP w/ digital download, plus "For Smokers Only" CD edition AND high-quality digital download of the additional collection "Everyday Thugs"

$60 Pledge:
The "DIE HARD BONE" Package = "For Smokers Only" vinyl LP - deluxe DIE HARD edition on exclusive "PURPLE HAZE" purple-N-green color vinyl w/ digital download, printed slipmat, screenprinted poster, stickers, button + bonus high quality digital-download of additional collection "Everyday Thugs"

$100 Pledge:
The "BALLER BONE" Package = "For Smokers Only" vinyl LP - deluxe DIE HARD on your choice of green, black or "purple haze" color vinyl, the digital download, printed slipmat, screenprinted poster, stickers, button, plus the "For Smokers Only" CD edition, bonus high-quality "Everday Thugs" digital download AND a super limited vinyl TEST PRESS only available here!

$150 Pledge:
20 wholesale copies of the "For Smokers Only" CD, fully shrink-wrapped, bar coded and ready for retail

$200 Pledge:
20 wholesale copies of the "For Smokers Only" vinyl LP (standard edition), fully assembled, bar code stickered and ready for retail

$420 Pledge:
The "VIP MEGABONE" Package = Everything included in the $100 pledge (DIE HARD LP on your choice of vinyl color, bonus everything, downloads, CD edition, TEST PRESS, etc) but the kicker here is that your name or message (up to 50 characters) will be written into the matrix of EVERY COPY PRESSED OF THIS ALBUM! That's right, any text you want up to 50 characters will be etched into the actual vinyl near the center-label for EVERY SINGLE record of "For Smokers Only" that will exist!

ADD TO ANY PLEDGE:
**pledge an extra $10 for each additional copy of the "For Smokers Only" CD AND a bonus high-quality digital download of the "Everyday Thugs" collection!**

The artwork shown above may change some for the vinyl edition, depending, but should more or less be accurate for the CD edition (subject to change). Here is a brief music-medley containing various audio nugs found throughout "For Smokers Only":

YEA-UH! That pretty much sums it up! This is easily one of the most exciting and wildest things Robotic Empire has attempted in our nearly 14-year history. We've talked about truly breaking out of our "comfort zone" genres for years, and what better way to do it than with a freakin BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY release?! Nobody (even us) was expecting this, so PLEASE help us make this thing a hit by spreading the word (it actually really helps a lot). As in the past, we'll gladly hook up some bonus (swag) schwag items if you share this project on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc... so in advance: please & thanks for helping us spread the word and make this happen. PEACE!

BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE BONE....

FAQ

  • Sorry but we've gotta spare you the glorious (longwinded) details on how a primarily underground/indie label like Robotic Empire teamed up with the almighty BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY. Instead, we'll keep it simple: we've scored a license "For Smokers Only" and "Everyday Thugs" for a limited time.

    Only a strictly-limited amount of copies of these physical products will be made available as special "import" copies to North America, as "For Smokers Only" is being fully manufactured and primarily distributed in Europe. In other words: Americans/Canadians, this Kickstarter is your best and probably only chance to get this!

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  • In a perfect world, if we reach our goal promptly we hope to have "For Smokers Only" delivered to our pledgers just in time for Christmas this year. HOWEVER, manufacturing (especially vinyl) can always throw wildcards at ya, and as a result we're keeping it on the safe side and saying "January 2013" even though we're aiming for well before then, and may very well have it ready months head of schedule. But, to estimate high: Jan/Feb 2013 at the far end of the spectrum. Cool?

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  • We have arranged for reputable European distributor (and old friends) Bis Aufs Messer to help us handle the shipping of all international orders of this Kickstarter campaign. This will keep international shipping costs a little cheaper than normal, but we need all international folks to please add the following amounts (in USD) to their pledge:

    * $10 shipping for ANY country worldwide outside of North America ($14 if you're ordering 3 LPs or 4 CDs... if more please inquire)

    * or just $6 for orders within Germany

    * or just $6 for a CD order within Canada

    * or just $8 for a LP order within Canada

    ***international wholesale orders don't apply here, please inquire for specific shipping rates***

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  • While we were able to actually obtain licenses for both releases, we've chosen (at present) to only manufacture "For Smokers Only" since it's never been available before as a physical CD or LP. That being said, "Everyday Thugs" is a substantial collection of 11 MORE great BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY tracks that is absolutely worth the extra few bucks we're asking for folks for it.

    We're making it available primarily in the deluxe pledges, and to any folks who want to add $10 to their pledge to get an additional copy of "For Smokers Only" on CD and "Everyday Thugs" as a bonus high-quality digital-download. "High quality" being 320kbs MP3s, FLAC and a few other options as well.

    The track listing for "Everyday Thugs" is as follows:

    1. Yall Ain't Know

    2. I Am The King

    3. Here We Go

    4. I'm Not That N***a

    5. Do You Remember?

    6. When The Lord Came Riding Through

    7. Everybody Want A Thug

    8. Everyday Thugs

    9. Cause I'm Bone Bone

    10. So Krayzie

    11. These Last Days

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  • We are happy to offer discounts for wholesale copies, and have set up two pledges at the $150 and $200 levels for 20 CDs or 20 LPs respectively. This reward however does not include shipping internationally and will need to be calculated based on your location/country. Please inquire directly if you are interested in getting a shipping estimate on a wholesale purchase: mailorder [at] roboticempire [dot] com

    Alternatively, our European distributor Cargo is set to be the primary distributor for this release and should hopefully have ample copies of this in early 2013! http://www.cargo-records.de will be the place to rock this.

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  • The idea is basically that we will present some different artwork and/or packaging options in a Kickstarter update, and pledgers get to submit their "votes" in the comments section. Then after a then-specified amount of time we'll tally up the votes and use the image(s) that got the most picks! Should be a cool way to actually have pledgers somewhat involved with the artwork/layout decision making process.

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  • Assuming we reach our goal, we will send out a "Kickstarter Survey" at the conclusion of this campaign asking for your shipping address and vinyl color choice. Then once the manufacturing is complete we will ship everything out to you as quickly as possible!

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