Warning: Spose is obviously pissed, so the language matches his present demeanor.
He reported the following over at his Facebook page:
So, our tour van was just robbed around 12:30 pm today in St. Louis in broad daylight outside of Pappy’s Smokehouse. We lost everything. Multiple laptops, all our musical equipment, my canon 5d mark ii camera and lenses, everything I use to record my music, my mic, my apogee duet, my ipad, clothes, phones, my friend GodDamnChan lost every beat he’s ever made, all my external hard drives containing all the music I had made for my next album(s). We filed a police report and changed passwords and called State Farm but nothing can replace what we lost. We were in the restaurant for 30 minutes. And they essentially took my job, all the work I had done for the past two years building up to 2015. Gone. There’s no amount of likes or comments that’ll bring anything back, I just wanted to let the people who robbed us know FUCK YOU and let our fans know I’ll be performing the next few shows with limited resources on this tour (and I will be a little late to the show tonight). So please know I normally would have a more organized set than whatever I’ll have to scrounge together here on my way to Kansas. I’m done with St Louis, if you wanna see me perform in the future come to Chicago or something cuz St Louis is dead to me. Just took all the work I had to done to support and feed my family in 2015 away from me.
If you know me, however, you know I’m not all doom and gloom and pessimistic. So, I would be remiss to not point out that my family is safe, nobody got hurt, I am healthy, I’ve lived a good, relatively painful, peaceful life and the sun is still shining. BUT SERIOUSLY FUCK WHOEVER STOLE MY SHIT!!!
Lawrence, Kansas tonight at the Grenada with MC Chris and MC Lars.
In the words of my friend Samuel James, another great musician:
Please help. Spose, a guy who travels around the country doing nothing but bringing joy to people’s lives, just got very seriously robbed. If you know anyone in St. Louis, please tell them about this.
You can support Spose and company at this GoFundMe campaign which was set up by fan Adam Fishman. And if you have not already, now is the time to buy some Spose records.
EDIT: I’ve seen a lot of folks share this news and in the same breath suggest that “people are assholes,” which is a refrain that I say inside of my head about 30 times a day. What is great, though, is that so many people have taken interest and action with immediacy. Also, the fan behind this fundraising account is still in high school, and that effort has already helped re-coop more than $5,000 as of early Tuesday morning.
I am in the business of multimedia production, which is part of why this hits so close to home. Our equipment is literally worth tens of thousands. All together, it tops the 6 figure mark. If all of our stuff was ever stolen, we would be absolutely devastated both emotionally and financially. It would also hurt all of our families, and there are families affected with this theft in particular.
So some people are assholes, absolutely, but most people are good—very good —and will step up when offered an opportunity to help good people out. This has proven an important reminder that this is the refrain I should have on repeat.