I've toured Canada and the USA, sold thousands of copies (but probably not like, ten thousand) of the six albums I've released, and built a formidable community of collaborators in connecting with the hearts, minds, and necks of tens of thousands (but probably not like, 100 thousand) of rap and/or music enthusiasts. I've been lucky, but I've also worked very hard, because this means the world to me.
The way I make music doesn't generate a ton of capital. I get a few bucks here and there from digital sales, record sales, shows, merch, and streaming, but it's not a living at this stage. It may never be how I make my living. I need it to pay for itself, though. That's what you can make certain of with your pledges. I'm paying for the gear that I use to compose, record, and produce my music. I'm paying for the time and expertise of professional engineers, like C Money Burns or Timbuktu, to mix and master my tracks whether they're for sale or for free. I'm paying for illustration and design by the likes of Mike Holmes, Sage Mosurinjohn and Meghan Lands. I'm paying costs of manufacturing and shipping on everything I make available. I'm paying for hosting so I can share work files with my collaborators, and host a useful wordpress blog. I'm paying to advertise my releases and events on Facebook and Instagram. A lot of hard work goes into this easy hustle.
For as long as I have a monthly subscription available, I'll be releasing a single for free download and streaming in the first week of every month. The series is called The Rap Hundreds, and you can follow it all here - for as little as $3/mo, you won't even have to wait for the monthly releases. You'll have access to every slated release the same day I get the final mix!
I'm also assembling public playlists of the music I find inspiring at any given time, whether it's my friends or recent crate digging finds or just what's popular.
I'll do that, too. And I've got some ideas in the works.
Thanks for being part of this, even if you choose to not pledge.
Please head to my bandcamp for lots of free music, or follow my artist page on Spotify and YouTube, or whatever platforms you use to stream new music.
rap legend Jesse Dangerously