The Cipher is creating hip-hop podcasts
77

patrons

$239
per month
Since 2012, The Cipher (originally Outside the Lines With Rap Genius) has brought you incredible conversations with rappers, producers, writers, scholars, and more that you won't hear anyone else. We've been recognized as one of the best podcasts out there by SlateComplexGQ, the Guardian, and many others

We became a fully independent entity in October 2014. While that has enabled us to make the show better than ever and take a HUGE leap forward in terms of production values, it also means we no longer have any institutional support to rely on. 

That's where you come in. Doing the work necessary to give you the in-depth questions you've come to expect, with high-quality audio, is both extremely time-consuming and expensive. As supporters of The Cipher, your help will ensure we can continue to provide you with the best hip-hop podcast out there.
Tiers
Unsigned Hype
$1 or more per month 25 patrons
This is how you get access to our monthly bonus episodes.
Signed Hype
$2 or more per month 42 patrons
In addition to bonus episodes, with each episode we release, you'll get access to the playlist Shawn puts together on Spotify while researching.  This is way more than just what goes into an episode. 
This tier will be replaced by the $10 tier, please update.
$8 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
A VERY limited edition giant vinyl Cipher sticker.
Show and Prove
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
In addition to lower tiers:

This is the real deal here!
- Sweet Vinyl Sticker

- Group chat room, w/monthly session

- Access to old bonuses

- Access to old Spotify research playlists (over 100 episodes worth)

- Shawn's research notes for every episode (usually 20-30 pages)

- Better random chance to make the credits

- A monthly email with our upcoming scheduled guests so you can submit questions. (No promises to use them, but we'll at least read them)

Up and Comer
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
In addition to lower tiers:

- Monthly group Skype w/ Shawn/Josh

- Special email address for Shawn/Josh who will answer your questions whenever possible.

- Once there are 5 Subs at this level, live video of 1-2 interviews a month, when possible. 

Big Baller
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything from previous tiers:

-1/month  1 on 1 Skype for 1 hour with Shawn (or Josh) to discuss hip-hop, podcasting, or whatever, or both of us, if we are available together.  

-Thanks in the credits of each episode (If you want)
Top 5
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
Attend an interview each month as a production assistant. (Travel is on you, of course)
GOAT
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Pretty much anything you want, within reason.  Come hang out at recordings.  Take us to dinner.  Buy us furs. Shiny things.  Invisible cars. Whatever.  Just ask. (We reserve the right to say no.)
Goals
$239 of $4,000 per month
We return the show to weekly episodes.
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Since 2012, The Cipher (originally Outside the Lines With Rap Genius) has brought you incredible conversations with rappers, producers, writers, scholars, and more that you won't hear anyone else. We've been recognized as one of the best podcasts out there by SlateComplexGQ, the Guardian, and many others

We became a fully independent entity in October 2014. While that has enabled us to make the show better than ever and take a HUGE leap forward in terms of production values, it also means we no longer have any institutional support to rely on. 

That's where you come in. Doing the work necessary to give you the in-depth questions you've come to expect, with high-quality audio, is both extremely time-consuming and expensive. As supporters of The Cipher, your help will ensure we can continue to provide you with the best hip-hop podcast out there.

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Tiers
Unsigned Hype
$1 or more per month 25 patrons
This is how you get access to our monthly bonus episodes.
Signed Hype
$2 or more per month 42 patrons
In addition to bonus episodes, with each episode we release, you'll get access to the playlist Shawn puts together on Spotify while researching.  This is way more than just what goes into an episode. 
This tier will be replaced by the $10 tier, please update.
$8 or more per month 4 patrons (sold out!)
A VERY limited edition giant vinyl Cipher sticker.
Show and Prove
$10 or more per month 11 patrons
In addition to lower tiers:

This is the real deal here!
- Sweet Vinyl Sticker

- Group chat room, w/monthly session

- Access to old bonuses

- Access to old Spotify research playlists (over 100 episodes worth)

- Shawn's research notes for every episode (usually 20-30 pages)

- Better random chance to make the credits

- A monthly email with our upcoming scheduled guests so you can submit questions. (No promises to use them, but we'll at least read them)

Up and Comer
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
In addition to lower tiers:

- Monthly group Skype w/ Shawn/Josh

- Special email address for Shawn/Josh who will answer your questions whenever possible.

- Once there are 5 Subs at this level, live video of 1-2 interviews a month, when possible. 

Big Baller
$100 or more per month 0 patrons
In addition to everything from previous tiers:

-1/month  1 on 1 Skype for 1 hour with Shawn (or Josh) to discuss hip-hop, podcasting, or whatever, or both of us, if we are available together.  

-Thanks in the credits of each episode (If you want)
Top 5
$200 or more per month 0 patrons
Attend an interview each month as a production assistant. (Travel is on you, of course)
GOAT
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Pretty much anything you want, within reason.  Come hang out at recordings.  Take us to dinner.  Buy us furs. Shiny things.  Invisible cars. Whatever.  Just ask. (We reserve the right to say no.)