My First Lecture: How to Find the Opportunity in Adversity

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In 2015, I had the honor of being asked to put together a talk for the fourth annual Creative Control Festival in Columbus, OH.  The Creative Control festival is an all-day event that holds workshops and lectures on relevant topics for people who work in creative fields.  Since I had never done a public talk or lecture before, I was initially nervous about doing it, but I accepted because the opportunity was too great to pass up. Continue reading

Super Duty Tough Work – EP 32: How to Avoid Social Media Burnout

For better or worse, social media has forever changed the world that we live in. In fact, having a social media presence on at least one of the popular platforms has become almost a requirement for any business, artists, or regular Joe. The positive side is that it gives us more access to people and information than ever, but the negative side is that too much (or the wrong kinds) of it can make you want to delete your profile! In this episode, the most infamous hip-hop podcast dives deep into the topic of Social Media Burnout, and tells you how to avoid it.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 31: Ten Ways to Promote Your Music Without Shooting Yourself in the Face

A couple weeks back, a story surfaced about an aspiring rapper from Indiana shooting himself in the face live on Facebook as an attempt to bring attention to his music. We wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast on planet earth if we didn’t discuss this unprecedented level of fuckery. But instead of just making fun of this guy for his awful decision-making and attention-whoring, we decided to provide ten ways that an artist can promote their music without having to shoot themselves in the face. These techniques are all time-tested, proven, and more importantly, not dangerous! Ignore those guys, and listen to us.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 29: Loose Lips Sink Ships

In a genre like hip-hop, which prides itself on traits like braggadocio and being the loudest, moving in silence is very rare. Unfortunately, the same loud traits that make somebody a successful rapper often come back to bite them. Whether it’s their loud mouth getting them into trouble or people around them exposing their secrets to the public, the most iconoclastic podcast on earth dives deep in the old adage that loose lips sink ships!

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 28: The Dark Side of the Club

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For better or worse, the night club has become the epicenter of modern hip-hop; a place that you hear referenced in the majority of hip-hop songs. And although most mainstream rappers would have you believe the club is the most amazing place on earth, the stories we’ve seen in the news this week let’s us know that somebody isn’t telling the whole story. This week, the most infamous podcast on planet earth talks about the club. We’ve all been there. Let’s dive deep.

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Super Duty Tough Work Episode 25: Thinking With Your Own Mind

After missing last week due to Blueprint being at the Soundset festival, the most infamous podcast on planet earth returns. This week we chop it up with co-host Illogic about his upcoming album “A Man Who Thinks With His Own Mind” and chop it up about originality in hip-hop and how its importance has changed over the years. Back on the block!

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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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