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We've spent 2 years perfecting a groundbreaking album. The only thing we need now is your help. Let's make history! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on March 15, 2013.

We've spent 2 years perfecting a groundbreaking album. The only thing we need now is your help. Let's make history!

New York, NY Music
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ABOUT THE MUSIC

"This album (GNK) was written at a really important time in my life. A 2-year stretch where I began to question everything I thought I knew about anything. Specifically, the things we put the most faith in.

So, you'll hear a lot of doubt and confusion, a lot of opinion, a lot of truth, historical fact and falsehoods, all in the form of the best tunes we've ever made. We really aimed to properly represent the thoughts of ourselves and our generation. There will be things you agree with, and definitely things you disagree with, but I think that's the beauty of music, and life itself." -YC The Cynic

ABOUT THE FUNDING

We put everything into our music, it’s what we love to do and it’s what we’re best at. This being YC’s first official album, we want to make a great first impression. We also want it reach as many ears as possible. Because of our passion for this project, there are several things we want to use this money for in order to present it as best and as widely as possible. Here is a little breakdown of what we will use this money for:

Finishing the album itself: It takes time and money to mix and master the music and make it sound good. 

Packaging: Presentation is everything. We need the album artwork and packaging (CD cases) to be professional.

Videos: We've been working with European Film College graduate and current NYU film student Oliver Eid on a series of music videos. They look incredible. We'd love to make more.

Promotion: To reach the most people possible, we'd have to delve into the world of PR (Public Relations) and Marketing.  We've done some research and already have a good idea of how to go about this.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for any musician is getting their music out there and having it be well received. Having said that, we are confident that this obstacle won't inhibit the successful release of our album.

Recognizing the changing face of the music business, YC has been carefully building his social media presence and following over the past few years, and now already has a great platform in the online world with which to get the word out about GNK. Here are some stats to prove it:

- YC's facebook page (www.facebook.com/YCtheCynic) has over 1,600 likes and his twitter account (www.twitter.com/YCtheCynic) has over 2,600 followers; both of these numbers are steadily increasing

-As YC has released music in the past, he has regularly been featured on some very prestigious music websites with a very positive reception, including the following:
-www.2Dopeboyz.com (approx. 1.1 million visits/month)
-www.AllHipHop.com (approx. 1.5 million visits/month)
-www.OkayPlayer.com (approx. 500,000 visits/month)
-www.HipHopDX.com (approx. 2 million visits/month)
-www.DJBooth.net (approx. 650,000 visits/month)
-www.PrefixMag.com (approx. 550,000 visits/month)
-SmokingSection.Uproxx.com (No estimate available, but this one's big!)

-YC has also been featured on these sites recently:
-www.Complex.com (approx. 6 million visits/month)
-www.Vice.com (approx. 7 million visits/month)
-www.NahRight.com (approx. 725,000 visits/month)
-www.DrJays.com (approx. 2.2 million visits/month)
-www.Timeout.com (approx. 4.6 million visits/month)
-www.NBCNewYork.com (approx. 1.7 million visits/month)

Still not convinced? Look up YC the Cynic with a google search, people have a lot of great things to say.

(all monthly visit estimates are from www.TrafficEstimate.com)

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    Undying Gratitude.
    A HUGE thank you, a virtual hug, and an iFive. You'll also earn the right to add "the Cynic" to the end of your name.

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    Special Thanks .GIF: Your name placed in an animated .GIF on all our social media pages thanking you for your help (it will be updated weekly)

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    Join an exclusive group of people that hear the singles and see the music videos days before their release. Plus, a digital download of the album, when it's released in February.

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    Get an early digital download of our debut album, with your name in the "Thank You" section of the digital album booklet. You're the bestest!

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    A signed Limited Edition T-Shirt, signed hard-copy of the album, and a written thank you from YC and Frank Drake.

    [PLEDGE OVER $50 AND YOU WILL ALSO GET A SIGNED HARD COPY OF THE ALBUM!]

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    You get to download all the instrumentals AND acapellas from the album when it's released.

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    Walk right into the album release party! You'll get to witness the music first-hand. Then we can hand you your album and say thank you, personally. (Travel expenses not included)

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    Video Game Challenge: Play YC The Cynic or Frank Drake in the video game of your choice. 30 minute max, unless you're winning. (Limited to Xbox 360 and PS3) *We're really good at NBA 2K by the way*

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    Producer's Package: Frank Drake will send his drum sounds (he has 1000s of them!) to all you aspiring producers and musical fans alike.

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    Basketball: Play YC and Frank Drake in a game of 2 on 2 basketball. You probably won't win, but it'll be a good story to tell. (travel expenses not included)

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    Soccer: Play Frank Drake and music video director Oliver Eid in a 2 on 2 soccer match on a small sided field. (travel expenses not included)

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    Sit in on a recording session with YC The Cynic. You'll be able to offer advice/input or just soak in the experience. He's totally hilarious too.

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    If you don't want to make the trip to NYC:
    We can Skype you in on a session. Your name will be in the Thank You's for the album, and we'll give you the lyrics of any song of choice, hand-written by YC.

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    The Lesson (Songwriting): We'll teach you how to write music. If you've ever wanted to write a rhyme/song/poem, this is for you. We'll open your mind and introduce you to a whole new world of creativity.

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    The Lesson (Production/Beat-Making): We'll teach you how to provide the sounds that make songs great. The first thing people notice about a tune is the beat, and you'll be able to make that great first impression after a workshop with us.

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    The Lesson (Songwriting AND Production): The best of both worlds. YC and Frank Drake will teach you how to make a full song. Beats and rhymes.

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    We'll come do a show for you in your hometown. Any city on the East Coast. We'll bring you on stage, and personally thank you. We'll also film you for a cameo in one of our music videos.

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    We'll do an exclusive show for you, ANYWHERE WITH A STAGE (In the US). And while we're in your city, we'll personally thank you, and film you for a cameo in one of our music videos.

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    This is INSANE.
    Super-Producer Frank Drake will get a tattoo of your choice (Must be approved by Frank's girlfriend)

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