Posted in music on December 19, 2013


As you may know Blood Orange's Dev Hynes' East Village apartment burned down on Monday night and he lost everything in the devastating fire, including his dog, Cupid. He wrote about it on his Tumblr this morning:

I should explain first of all, exactly what has happened, in terms that maybe will make people understand. Imagine being outside of your home one day. Then somebody presses delete, on the last decade of your life. You own nothing except for what you have on you in that precise moment. This is what has happened. It's surreal and hard to wrap your head around, or imagine unless you've experienced it. The strangest part yet, Samantha & I were at a memorial when I found out.

It's more than music. As I've seen many people talk about, or people on the street. It's my life. It's everything I've ever owned....loved... It's all gone, forever. I miss you Cupid.

A fundraiser was set up by the mother of his girlfriend (and Friends singer) Samantha Urbani, which has raised nearly $25K in the last two days. Hynes, while appreciative, says he's wants to donate the money to charity:
This happens to so many people, people that don't have a girlfriend's place they can stay at. People who don't have a job they can do to try and help themselves money wise to attempt to get back on their feet. This is in my mind every second.

I truly have lost everything I own, hard to wrap your head around, but I have. Friends of mine have been more than kind to me, friends some people may not have, families in the same position would not be as fortunate... i'm aware of this.

If I am honest, the fundraiser makes me feel extremely uncomfortable. This isn't me saying I don't need the money, to reiterate, i have lost everything. But maybe it's time I down some anxiety medication see a doctor and try and play some shows y'know? There are things i can do, although it will take years, that can help myself rebuild, a huge part of me is still struggling with understanding the events of two nights ago, and where to take my life from here.

This isn't me being unappreciative. Tears stream down my face when Samantha shows me the nice messages people have written. It's overwhelming in the most extremely nicest way that people would care about this But as I stated before, so many people have nothing they can do to rebuild their life from scratch.

I have a lot to think about, I don't even know where to start from, I just wanted to be honest.

I want to give all the money to charity, 3 charities to be precise which I will explain further at a future point, that's how I feel, i'm being spoken to by people who are close and understand my situation and are trying to advise me. As I probably am still in shock, and may not have a choice but to accept some of the money, and then think about charities, I don't know... I don't know where my head is at right now...
But I had to say something.

He further adds, "please feel free to email me if you have donated and have any concerns, or would rather your money go to charity, or not. I want to hear people's thoughts. I'm not trying to make a news story, this is just my life, and I want to be genuine with the people that have been more than genuine with me." Read the whole post here.



Comments (38)

Well, shit. A venue should let him do a residency if he feels like he needs to work to earn the $.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:02 PM

That's his GF?

I need to start a band

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:07 PM

Honestly he should keep the money. Pretty chill of him to feel akward about it but people donated to help him. Probably so many of those people illegally downloaded his music anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:13 PM

Good to see that Dev is honest and the exact opposite of those Silent Barn scammers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:14 PM

the world needs more people like this dude.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:24 PM

i like him more now

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:32 PM

The fire was limited to just his apartment so how did it start?
It's a shame it took him 4 tweets to mention the puppy who died.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:37 PM

1:07, I think she did a show topless and there are photos of it (maybe on this very website)

RIP Cupid, what a little cutie

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:39 PM

damn, what a mentsch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 1:44 PM


Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:13 PM

At last, one honest artist who doesn't take advantage of being in the right business for handouts.
I will def buy a ticket to his next show if he doesn't take this money.

Posted by ME | December 19, 2013 2:15 PM

Such a solid guy. Was going to donate today, will instead send to Oxfam in his honor.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:18 PM

Way to keep it classy---makes me want to buy his record.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:38 PM


I hope Silent Barn shits the bed. What a bunch of entitled fucks. Too bad that place didn't burn to the ground instead of Dev's apartment.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:40 PM

123 - Go!... mean comments from wannabe loser musicians that work part-time at Starbucks/urban outfitters start NOW.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 2:52 PM

Good to know that there are still artists out there with a sense of integrity.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 3:04 PM

this is one of the loveliest letters i think i've ever read. just really honest and trying to say something about the 'issue', while you can see the voice of bewilderment about his loss speaking too. i hope the critics feel like idiots, not because they're wrong about him taking all the money but because they judged his character. in the end, the things we say about others really says more about us than anything.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 3:05 PM

Was the fire his fault?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 3:10 PM

maybe Cupid was Solange's Illuminati blood sacrifice. maybe.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 3:11 PM

I think the people who started the fundraiser just got ahead of themselves probably because of the weight of such an event.
The problem is not that a fundraiser was started but more that they got to 5 times the original goal with no information whatsoever except for a sad story, a puppy picture and notoriety because of the music he makes. As legit as it can be, this is bound to raise eyebrows.
There is no info about whether or not he was insured, no info about how much money his musical gear was worth as a whole. Nothing.
If insurance doesn't cover the whole cost of what he's materially lost, a comprehensive break down of how the money raised will be used would have been the right thing to do, like on kickstarter and what not. Just so people know what they're giving an (obviously) resourceful man money for you know?
I read Dev's words and he seems to understand that as he's mentioned something about 3 charities the leftover money will go to. I think that's perfectly fair. He also says he had no idea a fundraiser was started, and that was also my feeling.
Before you start a fundraiser for someone who's sort of famous, even with the best intentions, you concert with them, or you can expect burning your fingers.
At the very least they could have stopped it after reaching the "goal" instead of saying stuff like "keep donating, i'm sure this is just a small fraction of what he's lost", like the people who started it don't have a clue what they're doing.
Now, the fundraiser was indeed a nice gesture, good for him if he got enough money to replace what's really important, and if didn't, he can always start another fundraiser, with actual info, and it will just make a lot more sense to everybody and not just acquaintances and fans.

Posted by arthuro | December 19, 2013 3:27 PM

1:07 - You mean to tell me that you read this blog and you don't know that chick is Sam Urbani from the (ex)band Friends?!?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 5:20 PM

5:20- I read this blog and only care about the good music. Dev Hynes and his girlfriend have never produced it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 8:27 PM

Obviously this $ should go to Fat Bro from Friends.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 9:04 PM

Does anyone really believe these crackheads apartment just randomly burned down?

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 9:36 PM

I feel bad for this guy. I'm going to buy him a new crack pipe. That will cheer him up.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 10:11 PM

dumb addict + dumb addict = fire

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 10:14 PM

^ Aw, go suck some punch.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 10:31 PM

not fooled....someone nodded out

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 11:02 PM

Totally sketchy. Something is missing fom this story.

Posted by Anonymous | December 19, 2013 11:32 PM

That is such a generous remark having been a victim of fire himself, I can never thank this guy for what he did.

Posted by Feed the Children | December 19, 2013 11:34 PM

2014 newest obd2 tools

Posted by obd2 | December 20, 2013 2:44 AM

It's a conspiracy. He did it himself

Proof -


Posted by D | December 20, 2013 6:31 AM

feel sorry for the dude but theres no way his chick isn't a trust funder..

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 7:41 AM

drugs or alcohol or drugs & alcohol?

save your $ you dumb fucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2013 7:44 AM

not fooled....someone nodded out

Posted by Engadget | December 25, 2013 7:33 AM

the iPods

Posted by Anonymous | December 25, 2013 6:02 PM

It's not enough hype. Her mixtapes really define Tinashe. The girl is very talented. She's very underrated. This album doesn't define her but I must say it still captures you if you're willing to step away from the commercial aspect of it. This girl is 21 writing her own lyrics, constructing her own beats and more. I don't see enough hype.

Posted by Yona | October 30, 2014 7:00 AM

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