Phrases That Steal Your Power

As children we would often say, “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This saying has always served as a reminder that words can’t hurt us nearly as much as actions can. But what if we told you that your actions are being undermined by your words everyday and that using certain words and phrases is stopping you from achieving your goals? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down a long list of common phrases that take our power away before we can even get started.

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Why Rappers Don’t Wanna Grow Up

If there’s one thing we’ve noticed about Jay Z’s “4:44” album it’s that, love it or hate it, it’s making people talk. One of the things it’s making people talk about is getting older and more mature. While we like to see those kinds of things, a whole lot of rappers were personally offended by the album and felt the need to speak out. Why? Probably because they don’t want to think about growing up. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down exactly why it is that rappers don’t want to grow up to explain why they’re so in their feelings about Jay Z’s lyrics.

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The Importance of Telling Your Story

What separates people who are able to gain and maintain the attention of the public from those who cannot? Is it technical skill? Is it great publicity? Is it connections? Those are all important, but if there’s one quality that successful creative people have, it’s their ability to tell their story. In this episode, we do a case study on a masterful use of story-telling from the music industry that many people may not have noticed, to show why it’s so important that artists be able to tell their story. Let’s go!

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The Six Benefits of Being Early

If there’s one thing we’ve realized during our travels across the country to perform in various cities and venues, it’s that very rarely do events run on schedule. Part of this is because most of the people involved are late themselves, which causes a domino effect. Why are people late all the time? There are many reasons, but our belief is that people are late because they haven’t really experienced the benefits that come along with being early. This week the most infamous podcast dives deep into the six benefits of being early that might make people change their ways if they understood.

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How Managers Choose Talent

Although most creative people are always in the hunt for management and personnel to help them accomplish their dreams, very few stop to ask themselves what management is looking for in the talent they choose to work with. In this episode, the most infamous podcast on planet earth speaks to a friend of the podcast April Kulscar who is an artist manager to identify exactly what managers are looking for in talent. Lots of jewels in this one.

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King No Crown Movie Update: Who Wants A Screening in Their City?

Its been a couple of weeks since I wrote any updates on the King No Crown movie that I’ve been working on. This wasn’t because things haven’t been happening or because I haven’t been working on the film–I certainly have–I just wanted to get a few things ironed out before I gave another update.

In my last update, I was deep in the not-so-fun post-production process. Although I’m not 100% finished with with post-production, I am very close. I’m at least close enough to where I feel comfortable moving forward with the next step, which is… Continue reading

Dealing With Rejection

Although we are often told stories of success and conquest from people we see around us, we are rarely told about the other side of the coin, which is rejection. The problem with this lack of discussion about rejection is that it leaves many of us unfamiliar with how to deal with it. In this episode we talk about having your creative work get rejected and what to do when it happens.

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The High Price of Free Work

In an industry where the internet has caused prices of every product and service to drop tremendously due to more competition, getting things for free seems to be the next logical step. In fact, the internet has dropped prices of things so much that many people now get upset when something isn’t free. But what is the cost of receiving and expecting free things all the time? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we discuss the hidden costs of expecting and accepting free work from people.

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Rules That Help Producers

A couple of weeks ago we did an episode called “Rules That Hurt Producers” where we talked about ten unspoken rules that hurt hip-hop producers. This week the most infamous does a follow up to that episode and show the other side of the coin by talk about ten rules that actually help producers. If you dug the first part of this two-part series, you will dig this one. Big shout-out to our fan who suggested this topic.

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The How and Why of Making Music Videos

This week a music video directed by Blueprint, produced by DJ Criminal, and featuring Illogic will be released. As a collaboration between people who live on other sides of the globe, this project shows the potential of collaboration and the importance of music videos in artistry and promotion. This week the most infamous podcast dives deep into the how and why of music videos breaking down this process for those interested. This topic comes at the suggestion of one of our listeners but is right on time.

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Rules That Hurt Producers

Last week Illogic posed a question on Twitter about whether or not producers should use kits from other people to make beats that started some interesting discussions about the unspoken rules of production and whether or not they should be followed. This week, the most infamous podcast discusses how many of these unspoken rules actually hurt producers more than they help them. We challenge ten of these rules and explain why producers should stop following them. If you’re a beginner or a veteran, get ready to dive deep and challenge many of your long-standing beliefs about beat-making and production.

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King No Crown Movie Update: Time to Make a Trailer

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This has been an exciting week as far as progress for my King No Crown movie goes.

After a two-week setback that was caused by converting my entire film over to a newer version of Final Cut Pro, I finally finished redoing the color and most of the sound. This allowed me to get the film back where it was before I decided to convert it. Even better, because I now have more powerful features than I did before, things are actually looking and sounding better than they did before. Initially, I wasn’t happy about sacrificing two to three weeks redoing work I had already done but, now that it’s finished, I’m convinced it was worth it. It looks and sounds better than it did before all this, which is all that I could ask.

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The Benefits of Sobriety

On the day that Blueprint celebrates being seven years sober, the most infamous podcast decided to talk about what life looks like once you cut alcohol out of your life. Instead of discussing all the bad things that can happen when you drink too much, we decided to speak about the ten benefits of sobriety. Some are more obvious than others, but as usual the conversation is pretty entertaining.

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How Important Are the Tools You Use?

Throughout my entire creative career, I’ve been a man of few tools. While many of my peers were going crazy about and purchasing the latest and greatest music production gear, I was holding still, using the same old reliable gear that got me where I was.

As a former Information Systems guy, I was always curious about new gear and advances in technology of beat-making, but something didn’t seem right about constantly upgrading my gear before I had truly mastered it. So for the first seven or eight years of my music career I used the same gear; an MPC-2000 sampling drum machine, Pro Tools, a $99 mic, and my records.  Continue reading

Everybody Hates Print

As with most things in life, the internet has it’s ups and downs–not only in terms of content, but also in terms of the way people are treated. Blueprint himself learned this first hand after one of his tweets about mainstream hip-hop artist Wale started a back and forth between the two artists, causing Wale to send his twitter followers after Blueprint. People learn a lot when millions of twitter followers are unleashed on them in attempts to make their lives miserable. In this episode we find out what happens why Everybody Hates Print and how he bounced back.

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