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WHO IS SUBSTANTIAL?
P.G. County Maryland born MC, producer and educator, Substantial, first made his debut in 2000 while working with the late Japanese producer, Nujabes. Since then his soulful and introspective brand of Hip Hop music has received critical acclaim from HipHopDX.com and Ebony.com. His videos have appeared on MTV, VH1 and BET, he has performed around the world and collaborated with artists like Kool Herc, Oddisee and CunninLynguists. He has also worked with major brands such as Ford, Bentley, Amazon and UBER all while remaining a best kept secret.

WHAT?
To This Union A Sun Was Born -2001, produced by late producers Nujabes & DJ Deckstream, is overdue for a repressing and Sacrifice 2008 (which turns 10 years old in January 2018) has never seen a vinyl release. 

WHY NOW? WHY KICKSTARTER?
This past year, someone has literally asked if I had copies of my first album at every show I've done. Over the last few months, my sophomore LP has also seen a growing amount of requests for a vinyl pressing. Your request have been heard, now it's time to make it happen!

In order to make this happen it requires a lot of money. It's approximately $8,000 (before shipping) just to do 100 black vinyl copies of each release. This campaign will help better gauge how many copies I should press up and if I can afford to do splatter/color vinyl. Luckily, some of the greatest people in the world just so happen to believe in my music, so there's nothing to worry about. ;)

ARE THE STRETCH GOALS? 
Yes. Two. Details below.

  • $12,500: If/When we raise this amount, I'll manufacture a new CD version of To This Union A Sun Was Born and cassette versions of both albums and include them in the rewards for those of you who pledge $100 or more. 
  • $15,000: If/When we raise this amount, I'll do splatter vinyl for To This Union A Sun Was Born and color vinyl for Sacrifice. Everyone who pays $25 or more will receive one of one these two 2LPs. If you pledge $50, you'll get both. Image below.
$15,000 Stretch Goal
$15,000 Stretch Goal

 

 

Risks and challenges

There are a few risks and challenges associated with this project. If shipping costs are slightly more than I anticipate, I will cover the difference. Also, my wife and I are expecting our second child and she's due in December around the time I plan to begin fulfilling orders. If there are any delays, you will be contacted. Lastly, in the past it has been a challenging to contact some of my backers because they're contact information wasn't accurate. Please make sure you keep your address and other contact information (including email) up to date.

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    Shout Out + Unreleased Song

    A shout out on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) + unreleased song from my sophomore album 'Sacrifice' once we reach the goal.

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    2 for 1 (Downloads of Both Albums)

    Shout out + digital downloads of both albums for the cost of one.

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    'To This Union...' 2LP (Autographed)

    All of the above + an autographed copy of 'To This Union A Sun Was Born' on 180g black vinyl.*

    *180g Orange/Yellow splattered vinyl if we make our stretch goal.

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    'Sacrifice' 2LP (Autographed)

    Rewards 1 and 2 + an autographed copy of 'Sacrifice' on 180g black vinyl.*

    *180g Turquoise vinyl if we make our stretch goal.

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    Double Up Package

    All of the above + Substantial/SUBporter sticker and a 2.25" 'My Favorite Things' Button.

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    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
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    Triple Up Package

    All of the above + my fourth studio album 'The Past Is Always Present In The Future'

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    • My Favorite Things Button
    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Social Media Shout Out
    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
    • The Past Is Always... (2LP + Digital Download)
    • To This Union A Sun Was Born (2LP)
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    Super Package

    All of the above + T-shirt* (of your choice) and a #SubstantialSundays Facebook live video shout out.

    *You'll need to message me with your shirt selection and size. Shirt Design options are:
    - Think Different
    - Black of All Trades
    - Substantial Tag
    - Eclipse

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    Super SUBporter Package

    All of the above + a Substantial hoodie + listed in both repressed album's 'Thank you' section.

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    • Listed In 'Thank You' section
    • My Favorite Things Button
    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Substantial Hoodie
    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
    • T-Shirt
    • The Past Is Always... (2LP + Digital Download)
    • To This Union A Sun Was Born (2LP)
    • To This Union A Sun Was Born (Digital Download)
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    Collaboration Package

    All of the above + we'll make a song together!* I'll rhyme on a song w/ you or produce a beat for you or write a song for you dedicated to someone (think 'The Proposal' by Bop Alloy).

    *Note: MC/Vocalists/Producers: I have to like what I hear from you in order for this to happen. Contact beforehand if you have questions or concerns.

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    • Collaboration
    • Autographed Test Pressings of both 2LPs
    • Facebook Live Shout Out
    • Listed In 'Thank You' section
    • My Favorite Things Button
    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Skype Video Call
    • Substantial Hoodie
    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
    • T-Shirt
    • The Past Is Always... (2LP + Digital Download)
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    Wedding Package

    I did it before and I'll do it again! If you're in the US, my DJ* and I will MC, DJ and perform at your wedding. You'll get to select half the songs for my set and maybe even perform one with me like the bride at the last wedding!

    *My DJ at the time will be based on date and availability.

    Includes:
    • Autographed Test Pressings of both 2LPs
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    • Facebook Live Shout Out
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    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Skype Video Call
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    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
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    • The Past Is Always... (2LP + Digital Download)
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    Test Press Package

    All of the above + an autographed copy of both test pressings + one on one skype video listening session and Q&A.

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    • Facebook Live Shout Out
    • Listed In 'Thank You' section
    • My Favorite Things Button
    • Sacrifice (2LP)
    • Sacrifice (Digital Download)
    • Skype Video Call
    • Substantial Hoodie
    • Substantial/SUBporter Sticker
    • T-Shirt
    • The Past Is Always... (2LP + Digital Download)
    • To This Union A Sun Was Born (2LP)
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