Sell Snow To An Eskimo

If there was one area most creative people all agree they struggle in, it would be in selling themselves and their ideas. Even for the best of us, it’s not easy to ask people to buy our work. Well, in this episode Blueprint interviews friend of the show and marketing professional Hubert Sawyers III. In this discussion we dive deep into what it is that makes it harder for creative people to promote themselves and their creations and how to fix it. Lots of jewels dropped in this one.

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Self-Publishing 101

If there’s one item on almost everybody’s bucket-list, it’s writing a book. While writing a book isn’t the most difficult thing to do, it certainly isn’t easy either. In this episode, the most infamous podcast breakdowns Blueprint’s writing process and history of self-publishing his own books to shed some light for anybody thinking about doing it.

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It’s Been A Long Time Coming

I’ve been looking forward to today for a long time.  After doing screenings across the country this summer and fall, today is the official release date of my first film, King No Crown. Two weeks ago, I had the last screening here in my hometown of Columbus, last week I mailed out all the preorders for the VHS and deluxe DVD, and this week the on-demand version can be watched right now on Vimeo. It’s finally here. Continue reading

Signs You Might Have Found Your Purpose

We’re firm believers that life is much easier once you figure out what you would want to do with it, yet figuring out what you want to do with your life is one of the most difficult decisions to make. This week, the most infamous podcast takes on the topic of finding your passion and explains how to tell if you’ve found your passion or just a fleeting interest.

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Our Biggest Marketing Misses

During the course of our long careers, we’ve had many successful releases where everything went down as planned, but also some not so great releases where mistakes hurt our chances of success. In this episode we break down the biggest mistakes we’ve made in releasing our art and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Shout out to our guy Ill Poetic for the topic suggestion this week.

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Choosing Yourself

If there’s one thing that the music industry is full of, it’s artists looking for somebody to put them on. Everybody seems to be looking for somebody who can either sign them or blow them up. But what if trying to be chosen by these people wasn’t the best solution? In this episode, we discuss why it might be a better idea to choose yourself rather than get chosen by somebody else.

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Who Killed the DJ?

As guys that grew up during what’s often referred to as the golden era of hip-hop, we remember a time when almost every group had a DJ as one of it’s members. Fast-forward twenty years and you would be hard-pressed to find any major label hip-hop group with a DJ in it, nor would you find any scratches on many major records. In this week’s episode, we dive deep into what’s behind the disappearance of the DJ in hip-hop.

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The Most Overused Words in Hip-Hop

While it’s fair to assume that mainstream rap artists don’t have the widest vocabulary in hip-hop, nothing could prepare us for the results of a new study that was just published on the topic. A new study compares the vocabulary of hundreds of rappers and breaks down which words are used the most in hip-hop. The results will probably surprise you about as much as they surprised us. In this episode of the most infamous podcast, we discuss the results of this list and what we would like to see changed about it.

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The Pitfalls of Promotion

What does it take to throw a successful live event? As artists who came up in an era where we had to book our own venues and promote the majority of our own events, we’ve had our fair share of successes and failures in this department. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we share the ten lessons we learned and explain what the common mistakes are so you can avoid them. That way you can get more people in the door and not lose your pants. Word!

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The Downside of Success

Although we often have conversations about what it takes to be successful, very rarely do we speak about what happens once you get there. The common belief is that success is a completely positive experience, but those who have had any level of success have seen that isn’t the case. In this episode, we speak about ten bad things that come along with success that nobody will tell you when you’re trying to make a name for yourself and fighting your way to the top of your field.

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Five More Rap Performance Cliches

Two weeks ago the most infamous podcast dropped an episode called “The Worst Rap Performance Cliches” where we broke down all the things rappers do on stage that used to be dope but need to be put to rest. Since that episode we realized that we forgot a few more really important ones. So we’re doubling back and laying the smack down on five more cliches that rappers need to put out to pasture because we wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast on planet earth if we didn’t. Bang!

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The Biggest Mistakes in Building a Team

One of the most important factors in being successful is surrounding yourself with people who can help you accomplish your dream. Building a strong team isn’t easy, but there is no limit to what you can accomplish with the right people in place. While we are no experts on this topic, we do have some valuable information about the mistakes we made along the way. These tips will save you a lot of time, energy, and most importantly a lot of money. Shout out to Flawed Logic on Twitter for the inspiration. Let’s go!

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King No Crown Film Tour – Minneapolis, MN Recap

Me and Kathy Averill (Eyedea’s Mother) outside the Parkway theater before the King No Crown screening

If there were an American city I’ve played in during my music career more than my hometown of Columbus, OH it would have to be Minneapolis, MN. My first time here was when my group Greenhouse Effect and Illogic made the drive out to play at Brother Ali’s Rites of Passage cassette tape release, which was back in the year 2000, if I remember correctly. Since that time, I’ve been here more than I can remember. From playing shows, to starting and ending tours here, to visiting friends and even dating women here–it’s been like a home away from home. So it should come as no surprise that I was very much looking forward to screening my King No Crown movie in Minneapolis and felt it was one of the cities I had to bring it to. Continue reading

Sioux Falls, SD – King No Crown Film Tour Recap

In my quest to learn more about filmmaking, I’ve watched countless hours of video interviews from filmmakers. For the most part, these interviews have been about the technical aspects of filmmaking (shot composition, story telling, etc.), but there are also a good amount of interviews that are about the journey of these filmmakers and their mindset. I’ve always believed that having the right mindset will take a person much further than just having a skill, so I’m always interested in hearing people explain what really motivates them. Continue reading