Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 24: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

In this week’s episode of Super Duty Tough Work, the most infamous podcast on planet earth tackles a topic that’s rarely discussed by the hip-hop media–responsibility. Is it just entertainment, or are entertainers responsible for their words and actions? And is it ok for us to hold entertainers to a higher level of accountability? There are no easy answers here but, as always, we dive deep and make sense of it all.

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What Progress Looks Like

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Three or four years ago, I used to hand write all the addresses when we did mail orders. Back then, it seemed crazy to think that one day in the future I wouldn’t be able to do that anymore. I was happy that anybody cared enough about my music to support it, so taking the time to write out everybody’s name and address was refreshing. It helped me make sense of who my fans were and what cities they lived  in. Continue reading

Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 23: How to Release Music Independently in 2016

As Blueprint prepares to release his upcoming Vigilante Genesis on May 27th, we thought it might be a good idea to change things up and have him break down exactly what goes into promoting and releasing music independently in 2016. Things have changed dramatically over the last 10 years and this interview and conversation should hopefully act as a big help to fans seeking to understand the industry and artists seeking to release their own music independently. Illogic interviews Blueprint in this one and lots of jewels are dropped.

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Six Years Sober

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Last year, my fifth year sober, I didn’t get to write my yearly sobriety post on my sober date, May 15th. Oddly enough, it wasn’t deliberate at all–it was because I was extremely busy at the time.  My latest album, King No Crown, had just been released and I was getting ready to head out on the road for a ten-week tour across the United States with Supastition and DJ Rare Groove.  I remember telling myself to sit down and write it the week before, but it ended up being impossible to get enough time (and enough quiet) to sit down and write it. Continue reading

Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 21: Top Ten Reasons Why Nobody Respecks Birdman

Since Birdman’s now notorious interview on The Breakfast Club last week, the internet has been full of memes centering around the most memorable line of the brief interview, “Put some respeck on my name!” The entire thing is pretty funny, but the most infamous podcast on planet earth had to take a step back and ask why is it that nobody respecks Birdman’s anymore? Why isn’t there enough respeck on his name? The answer has very little to do with the interview gone bad and very much to do with a laundry list of things that happened long before that. Blueprint and Illogic dive deep into those ten reasons in this episode

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 20: A Tribute to the Art of Hip-Hop Storytelling

Yesterday Blueprint announced that his latest release, the Vigilante Genesis EP, will be released on May 27th and is produced entirely by Aesop Rock. One of the details Blueprint has dropped about the record is that it is a heavily conceptual, story album. So we decided to spend this episode speaking about storytelling. First, Illogic interviews Blueprint about Vigilante Genesis and then we lay down our thoughts on the Top Five Storytellers in hip-hop. If you want to support the Vigilante Genesis project, preorder bit.ly/VGpreorder

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My New Project “Vigilante Genesis” is Produced by Aesop Rock and Out May 27th

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Good morning to all my friends and fans. I’m excited to announce that my next project, titled Vigilante Genesis, will be released on May 27th. The EP is produced entirely by my friend and frequent partner in crime, Aesop Rock. This project has been a long time coming and we’re both super excited for y’all to hear what we cooked up. Continue reading

Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 19: How to Travel Without Killing Yourself and Everybody Else

With spring in the air and people doing more traveling than ever, the most infamous podcast on planet earth decided to put together a list of 10 Tips that we’ve learned the hard way in our 15 years of touring and traveling the globe. These Ten Tips will hopefully prevent you from losing your mind, money, and relationships while traveling–which is often the case when you leave your home for long periods of time like we do. This episode is for anybody who travels or is thinking about traveling–not just touring artists. Buckle up.


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Super Duty Tough Work – EP 17: When Keeping it Fake Goes Wrong

We’ve all seen what can happen when a rapper’s attempt at keeping it REAL goes wrong, but this week we’ve seen a new phenomenon in hip-hop–when keeping it FAKE goes wrong! This week the most infamous hip-hop podcast goes into depth about how It seems to be getting more and more difficult to fake the funk these days. Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive in deep on this one.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 16: The Brilliance of A Tribe Called Quest and Phife Dawg

Hip-hoppers worldwide were saddened to hear the news that rapper Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest passed away today at just 45 years old. Instead of being sad, we decided to dedicate this episode to speaking in depth about what exactly made Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest so special and revered in hip-hop. From our favorite Phife verses, to ranking their albums, to their technical innovations–Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive deep on this one.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 15: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Side of Rappers Endorsing Politicians

As this election year gets into full swing, more and more rappers seem to be endorsing politicians than ever before. In this episode, the most infamous podcast goes into detail about the various types of endorsements and what it means for hip-hop. Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive deep on this one.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 14: Watch Out For The Tidal Wave

In this episode, we dive deep into the multiple stories that have been in the news this week regarding TIDAL, the streaming music service owned by Jay-Z. Don’t let the mess of unrelated news stories fool you–there’s something deliberate going on and we offer our unique and entertaining theory as to what exactly that is.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 13: Five Examples That Rappers Don’t Understand Money

In this episode, we discuss the latest epidemic in hip-hop–rappers going broke! From lawsuits, to spending a million dollars on Uber, to selling wack products to the hip-hop fanbase, we go deep into the behavior that led them there. The result is an in-depth (but funny) conversation that nobody in hip-hop is having right now. As usual, no punches are pulled and nobody is safe!

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 12: The Ten Best and Worst Contributions of Kanye West

Just as we did last week, we decided to change the format this weeks episode of Super Duty Tough Work. Instead of talking about what almost every hip-hop news outlet is talking about–Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo–we decided to take a step back and speak about Kanye West’s impact in a different way. Specifically, his ten best and worst contributions to hip-hop. The results are a bit unexpected, but entertaining and informative as usual.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 11: Top Ten Music Industry Changes of Last Ten Years

After realizing how drastically the music industry has transformed over the last ten years, Blueprint and co-host Illogic decide to change up the format and create a top ten list of these fascinating changes (many of which have gone almost unnoticed). The result is an informative and entertaining look at not only the past but the future of this thing called hip-hop.

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Thrift Store Adventures: Winter Wardrobe

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My only errand that day was to pick up a pair of cheap sweatpants that I could rock during my workouts. I was sure I could find a pair for the cheap at the thrift store near my credit union.  It would be a simple mission: grab the sweats and get out quick.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 10: Weave Attack

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Super Duty Tough Work – Episode 09

This week the most infamous podcast in hip-hop, Super Duty Tough Work, addresses the recent rash of odd hip-hop beefs, how beef has changed historically, and the new role of corporations in all of it. Illogic is the special guest co-host.

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