Long-running Freedom Cypher Has Chance To Be Saved, Moves To GoFundMe

Long-running Freedom Cypher Has Chance To Be Saved, Moves To GoFundMe

Save the freedom cypher image

The long-running “Freedom Cypher”, a monthly cypher held at “The Democracy Center” in Cambridge raises over half it’s goal on Kickstarter, now having a CHANCE to run for a 4th year. It‘s in OUR hands now to see if that happens – as the fundraiser moves to GoFundMe.

It’s gaining steam.

And you get benefits if you donate – ones that are particularly appeasing if you are an MC (or a vendor). With just a $50 donation (the most popular donation – you get two hours of studio time with a very reputable Wreck Shop producer – Tommy Forge. His beats are dope and his quality is excellent. Just go to his SoundCloud to see for yourself. With $100 or more you’ll get free promotion from ProU, 1000 guaranteed listeners with that (and a ProU USB Wristband, a free beat from Tommy Forge, and 3 hours of studio time. Not too shabby). The beat from Tommy alone I believe is worth the $100. This particular one below, which I’m obsessed with “Pleasure & Pain” was featured on the well-known Mind Spray Boston platform (the only MA Open Mic with a cash prize). Every penny helps though. IF you can only donate $5 – that helps move the momentum train to our goal. Go to the page here to donate or check it out.


P.S: Also a PLAQUE will be made of all the donators if the goal of $1500 is reached! 

Can’t donate? We politely ask then that you just spread the word :) !

The vendor offer info is below. Quite nice as that amounts to only $20 for a table with some of the most active participants in the hip hop scene and a growing movement you will be vending at. Also: any vendor who signs up – all your employees (up to 5) will get a free ProU wristband – and an artist of your choice will get a free track promotion.

vendors only

I mentioned the fundraiser was gaining steam. And that’s thanks to someone who doesn’t give up. That someone who doesn’t give up is Justice Born. He would give all credit to the wonderful people donating. But the truth is no one works as hard as this man – and has that type of heart that is required to save a hip hop movement. Hip hop is known as a field where people aren’t really investing and don’t have much spare money. It’s easy to get discouraged and give up or not even try to start a fundraiser. All this work for a non-profit fundraiser takes valor and true love for the game and for the movement he started – Wreck Shop. It truly is a wonderful venue (The Democracy Center) that this event is sponsored at (which happens the last Sunday of every month. And has been going on for the past 3 years featuring 36 producers. Not one show was missed). He would WALK there from his hometown of Peabody to make sure every scheduled event happened, if he had to.

The Democracy Center in Cambridge has just the right amount of extra space so it’s not congested inside – and has all the proper logistics to set up tables and make it a fun experience. There’s even a DJ – DJ G7 scratching every time. I want it to be saved not just for all the hard work Justice has put in, but also because it truly is a spectacular event with awesome participants every time and a sweeeeeeeet venue. It would certainly be a shame for it to go away. Even though I am friends with Justice, I would not be putting as much effort into getting the word out if I didn’t TRULY believe in the event. There’s already too few places for people to express their creative energy at in the state without this great platform. Everyone is incredibly supportive. If you are rapping for the first time, everyone will cheer you on. It’s all love. That’s the thing I adore most. It lasts from 6PM to 9PM. There’s always a few rappers who drop some epic jokes that you can’t forget during the course of the night. Usually one of them is Estee Nack of Tragic Allies. He’s one of those acts you respect and can tell as soon as he grips the mic he has been doing it for 10+ years. A really talented fun act to watch. People are allowed to recite writtens in the cypher but 90% of the time I would say people are going off the top of the head. It’s always exciting to see what people will come up with.

Moving On to GoFundMe.

It was originally started up on Kickstarter (and reached around $810). Kickstarter refunds your money, though, after the period expires when you don’t reach your goal (for this fundraiser it was $1500. It is to provide rent for the year). We still actually have to get all the donators from Kickstarter to GoFundMe. It’s already at $400 in a few days though – which is pretty extraordinary. People from all over the industry from every age range are donating to the movement. Colin Mitchell (my homie Composition of the Glasshouse movement) donated – he just turned 17 years old. A great kid who just wants to see hip hop thrive in his state. It’s great to see the state come together for such a cause as this. My friend, NRJ of ProU donated a complimentary graphic that we could use to promote the #SaveTheCypher movement in its early stages. Jenova 7, whose art I recently discovered and really respect, created the graphic that was popularly used on the original Kickstarter page (and is featured at the top of this article).

A big salute to Justice. You only get a few Justices per state (if that many). Who care enough about hip hop & that have a spirit to match like he does. When this kickstarter initially launched – I was right there with him. It was almost two weeks through and it had reached only 1/30th of its goal. That would have crushed most people. Any ordinary person would have given up. No, not Justice. With his unbelievable nack for newsletter-writing, getting press & radio attention, organizing real life events (there was a real life fundraiser at the December event), and personal strength – he has been the rock behind the movement reaching over half its goal. At the real-life fundraiser people who know of Justice’s hard work and moral had even said, “Don’t worry if it doesn’t reach its goal – keep the money for Wreck Shop”. But Justice is going to make sure it’s saved and that your money will be put to the exact use it was intended for: Saving The Freedom Cypher. He doesn’t waste effort – once he sets upon a goal – he makes sure its his. This is as good as a done deal I’ve seen with him as the force behind it – and a very supportive scene.

He never intends to make this a charge-per-head event – and this is what it takes for it to stay free.

Let’s keep it that way.

A Source of Strength To Overcome Any Obstacle. 

Justice: you’ve been a huge personal inspiration to me. Instead of quitting – near the end: you sent out a very organized newsletter & Kickstarter update on how the fundraiser would be moving to GoFundMe. Like it was nothing.

Despite knowing that Dec 21 – 28 (the orig. fundraiser was Dec. 1 to 31st)  is the most dead time of the year for fundraisers (with everyone offline, enjoying time with family and also bankrupt) he still believed we could reach the $1500 – and so while most leaders wouldn’t have been able to take the Kickstarter from $300 to over $700 raised in the last few days – because they would have given up – Justice never gave up along the way. He kept pushing and promoting the movement in different avenues. I really respect that – because I would not have had been able to maintain the same willpower he did. He understands the law of attraction. The power of thinking positive and letting that drive you. Maybe better than anyone I know.

It is possibly cliche to say, but when you’ve gone through something so tough it is very easy to trust that the next steps will be incredibly easier. The toughest part has been surmounted. We are on mile 24 of 26 of the marathon to raise the $ appropriate for keeping the cypher movement alive another year. I hate to say it but I believe it was a test of God to start out the fundraiser with such hard and seemingly insurmountable circumstances, to see how bad Wreck Shop & Justice wanted it. I think anyone would be super proud to have Justice as their leader. I know I’m proud & blessed to have him as a friend and source of faith/inspiration for myself to learn from. Justice, your example of not quitting in this particular case is a big example of why I look up to you. No slowing down in these last few miles.

Spirit For The Homeless

His Hoodies For The Homeless program with Wreck Shop and constant food drives are another example of his shining heart. I believe the hoodie designs are amazing – and the variations you can get are incredible too. The Crimson Red is one of my favorite (below).

Jon Glass (Left), Justice Born (Right)

Jon Glass (Left), Justice Born (Right)

I got the Navy Blue this year. I can’t WAIT for it to come. You can purchase one here. It REALLY is a nerve-wracking experience trying to pick one because there’s so many good potential color combos. Probably why some people end up getting two or three.

Thank you Justice for this program. When you spend $50 to buy a Wreck Shop hoodie of any color combo, one less homeless person will be cold this Winter (an extra hoodie will be donated for each one bought). This is the point of the program.

Until Next Time,
It’s Shawn Patel, CEO of @TeamProU
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Written by Shawn Patel

Founder of ProU - Not sure what to write here. I like marketing. I like rapping. I like clapping. I like laughing.
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