KICKSTARTER PROJECT: Help Bess Rogers Make A New Record
It’s almost three years to the day that I reviewed the debut album by Bess Rogers, called Decisions Based On Information. She has remained active since then with a number of new songs and concert dates. In 2011, she will be recording a new album and she looks to have a bit of public input with it. Click the video to find out what it’s about, which she does in her own unique way with a song. Afterwards, click here if you want more information.

If you would like to hear more of her music, you can click to this page or that page, both of which will take you to Bandcamp (that is a primary link too). She will be doing a number of shows on the East throughout April, check her homepage for where you’ll be able to see her next.

SOME STUFFS / RECORD CRACK: Ras Kass receives full support from Kickstarter project

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Almost a month ago, Ras Kass put up his project via Kickstarter, leading some hip-hop fans to question the need for any artist, specifically a respected MC, to put up something like this. However, I felt that what Ras Kass did was take his project to the fans, didn’t make a big request for a large amount to raise funds to produce the album, and he posted it. (One particular article looked at Public Enemy doing the same thing on another website, where they were only able to raise just under 30 percent of the goal they were seeking.)

As you can see below, he surpassed his goal with (as I write this) 35 days to go. Statistics on Kickstarter show that he has 115 people backing him on his project, donating $6,557 towards the A.D.I.D.A.S. (All Day I Dream About Spittin’) album, either on CD or vinyl. Two individuals donated at the 1200 dollar price range.

His intention was to reach a goal of $3,800, so the fact that he met and surpassed this goal with about a month before the deadline shows that people are willing to show support for an artist and project if it’s worth their time and money. Since the period to donate is still open, you can make a donation if you wish.

SOME STUFFS/RECORD CRACK: Ras Kass uses Kickstarter for new album

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A few months ago I posted a news item about Mindy Raf wanting to create a record under her comedic persona, Leibya Rogers through a website called Kickstarter. As a fan of comedy and comedy albums, I showed my support by making a donation and Raf/Rogers succeeded in getting enough people to make donations for the project. Kickstarter has a number of great projects where people can ask for help to complete it, from short films to full length documentaries, books to comics, and more. Now there’s a new project created by a respected hip-hop MC.

Ras Kass gained a bit of attention when he was signed to Priority Records in the mid-90’s, leading to the great albums Soul On Ice and Reassassination. Issues with Priority moved him to leave the label, and he has kept underground and somewhat low-key ever since, with fans following his works along the way. He hasn’t been quiet either. Ras released the album Quarterly via in November, and now he’s trying something new.

Ras is using Kickstarter as a way to release the album to fans who want it, and he does this by asking for donations. The goal is to raise $3800 by mid-April, and various donations come with different package deals, consider it like making an advance order. One amount leads to you getting the CD of the final album, another can lead to you getting the vinyl version and the CD, a different one will bring you the CD, vinyl, plus a T-shirt. The largest amount that can be donated is $1000, where you’ll get a lot of goodies with that, including a “special producer” credit on the album, a shout out in one of the songs on the album, and a phone call from the man, plus a free ticket to any concert of his.

Some may think “WTF, this sounds fishy” but Ras Kass is not the first artist to do this. A lot of artists, including Monday Michiru, have often created similar projects where you become an “executive producer of sorts, so that if you support them and want the music, you make a donation towards it. When it’s done, you get a copy of it, plain and simple. With this Ras Kass/Kickstarter, you make a donation which sits in escrow with You will not be charged until the last day of the donation period, and only if he has received the donation amount requested. If the amount isn’t reached, you do not get charged, simple as that.

With luck, the attention towards the Ras Kass/Kickstarter project will lead to him working with others MC’s and producers to keep him working and recording in the 10’s.

SOME STUFFS: Comedienne asks public to help her make a comedy record

A few weeks ago I came across a website called Kickstarter, where it’s possible to post a project that you’re doing or want to do, and be able to ask for funds towards that project. If you get the amount you want for the project, the funds are given to you. If not, it goes back to donators. There are a lot of project on the site, and if I had more (read “any”) money to play with, I’d be making donations all day.

This one caught my interest because I am a fan of comedy records, and the fact that someone wants to release a comedy LP, and I mean “vinyl”, in 2010 is great. Her name is Mindy Raf, but the album will be under one of her comedic personas, a folk-rock songstress named Leibya Rogers. The segments that are up there are very funny, and I want to throw some support her way.