Middle class rap hero, Maine's own Spose, has two new projects of material done but to raise a budget to make sure people hear them!
WELCOME TO THE YARD SALE, BROS & WOMEN.
Before you read this, you should watch the video above. Seriously. It'll tell you everything you need to know without you having to go through the arduous task of READING something. If you hate moving pictures and love text, however, then, by all means, continue reading:
My name is Ryan Peters but a lot more people know me as the rapper Spose. If you want the detailed rundown on my career, go read the wikipedia page someone made for me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spose. To put it succinctly: I'm a rapper from Maine who raps about the triumphs and perils of middle class life. I'm three albums, two mixtapes, and one gold single ("I'm Awesome") into my career thus far.
I released my most recent album "The Audacity!" in April and, although it was well-received by my fans, peaking at #6 on the iTunes Hip-Hop Albums chart, I think it could've done a lot better. Ever since I left Universal Republic Records in late 2010, I've been risking almost every dollar I have to push my music to as many new listeners as possible. However, once I've paid for all my own recording, mixing, mastering, promotion, duplication, artwork, merchandise, Taco Bell, and food for my daughter, I'm usually not left with much left for videos (Read: I'm broke!!!).
So, here I am again, 6 months after The Audacity! with two new releases ready to go. The first is called Dankonia and it's a mixtape I made of me rapping entirely over instrumentals of one of my favorite groups of all time: Outkast. It's one of the most unique and lyrical projects I've ever taken on and I'm enthralled with how dope the final product is sounding. It's a true homage to the pure hip-hop I wanted to make when I started out, before "pop-rap" became the dominant music of the time. The second release is called "The Peter Sparker Mixtape," something I started in 2010 and is finally nearing it's completion. Even though it's called a "mixtape," it's all original, brand new Spose songs, including some collaborations with some artists and producers you may be familiar with outside of my normal PDank circle.
Even though I'm stoked about the great music I'm about to release, I'm worried that, without the right promotion, both Dankonia and The Peter Sparker Mixtape might meet the same fate as The Audacity! - as in, everybody that hears it loves it, but not enough people hear it to begin with. That's why I've started this Kickstarter.
In 2012, a video is more important than a song. However, as an artist who still cares very deeply about his songwriting and lyrics, I want to make sure I can get my songs to the people who would enjoy them. To do that, I need videos. I need dope videos. And I need to make sure those videos end up on as many blogs and websites as possible. To do that requires quite a bit of money. So, that's where we're at. I'm looking for $25,000 to make sure my new music reaches as many new listeners as possible and, obviously, as always, to make sure I'm able to continue doing creative, independent, quality music and videos for the fans who've already stuck with me from the start.
In exchange for your generosity, I've got a lot of dope shit to offer including over 20 unreleased Spose songs for only $5, a ton of Spose & PDank clothing that has never been available before anywhere, and a lot of sweet, one-of-a-kind Spose memorabilia, your own personal Spose concert or song, and a shitload more sweet stuff. There's a column to the right that has all the information you'll need. Here's a quick breakdown, with pictures, of all the shit I've got to offer in exchange for your hard-earned cash:
That just about sums it up. I'm giving us 30 days to pull this off, so please, beg, borrow, or steal (as long as it's from the rich, not the poor) to help me reach this goal so I can continue to make honest music about OUR lives and spread the gospel of Spose and PDank all the way to the castle walls.
Thank you so much to my fans for their help with this and with everything else. I hope "The Yard Sale" gives you some things you've been looking to hear for years as well as hope for the future. I'm stoked to be able to release these new projects with the potential to make sure people actually know about it this time!!
Ps. I'm also embarking on "The Yard Sale Tour" starting on Nov. 26 in Philadelphia with Cam Groves, Kristina Kentigian, and Jay Caron and Mike B of Educated Advocates. Here are the tour dates:
11/25 - BOSTON, MA - GREAT SCOTT
11/26 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - KUNG FU NECKTIE
11/28 - TOLEDO, OH - FRANKIES
11/29 - DEKALB, IL - HOUSE CAFE
12/01 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - HELL'S KITCHEN
12/02 - IOWA CITY, IA - GABE'S
12/04 - ST. LOUIS, MO - FUBAR
12/05 - CLEVELAND, OH - PEABODY'S
12/06 - PITTSBURGH, PA - SHADOW LOUNGE
12/07 - ALLENTOWN, PA - CROCODILE ROCK
12/08 - STATEN ISLAND, NY - FULL CUP
12/09 - HARTFORD, CT - WEBSTER UNDERGROUND
12/27 - PORTLAND, ME - THE BIG EASY
WITH MORE TO COME! HOPE TO SEE YOU OUT THERE IN AMERICA!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Luckily, I've embarked on several mail-order shipping projects before with my fanbase, so I know it's a huge pain in the ass and tons of work, way more than making music is. So, I'm more organized this time, I look forward to getting everybody who pledges all their merch and memoribilia and experiences in the timeliest manner possible. I've ever set aside two weeks in December to do just that. Other than that, the risk and challenge I face is not meeting my goal and doing this all for naught. I think my fanbase will come through, though, and I'll be able to achieve my goal.
Hey Spose, I've already pledged but I wanna pledge more to get something else. It will only let me pledge once. How do I do this?
Ok, first of all, I love you. Second of all, to pledge for something else, all you have to do is increase your pledge amount by the price of whatever you want to buy (for example: You already bought the Yard Sale physical copy for $15 but now you want to get Spose Unplugged on CD for $20, just increase your $15 pledge to $35). After you do this, please send me a message letting me know that's what the pledge was for. I will take note and thank you graciously.
Once the Kickstarter is over, I will send everybody who pledged a survey asking for their shirt size and/or address. For now, just pick your shirt, when the Kickstarter is over, if we reach our goal, I'll figure out your size and promptly send it your way.
If I don't reach the $25,000 goal, nobody's credit card gets charged, I get none of the money, nobody receives any of the prizes, and I go back to the drawing board. SO LETS REACH THE $25,000 WE CAN DO THIS!!
I pledged to receive the Yard Sale in mp3 form and it says it'll be delivered with 48 hours of purchase but I haven't received it yet. When will I receive this?
You should receive a message within 48 hours of your purchase via Kickstarter with a link to download the Yard Sale. If you don't, it was my fault, I must've overlooked your beautiful name on accident. So, please send me a message letting me know and I'll send it over as quick as I can.
Spose, I tried to download The Yard Sale via the link you sent me on Kickstarter but it says the link is not working. What the hell!?
Please be patient and let me know. I've had to upload it to several multiple servers to accommodate the demand. If one server goes down, I'm probably already uploading it to another. If anybody wants to host mirror download sites once they've purchased the Yard Sale or the entire catalog, I would appreciate that! Send me the links. Just please don't make em public knowledge.