Avoiding People Who Aren’t Serious

If there’s one thing you’ll definitely come across on your path to elevate yourself in your career or passion, it’s people who talk a good game, but aren’t really serious about putting in work. At the beginning stages of your career, these people will easily fool you and cause you to waste valuable time that you can’t get back. In this episode, we talk about the ten ways to tell if somebody you’re dealing with isn’t serious and should be avoided.

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The Two-Headed Monster vinyl is here

The last two weeks has been such a blur of traveling to the farthest corners of the country–Florida and Oregon–that I almost forgot to mention that the vinyl LPs for Two-Headed Monster are back from the pressing plant. I picked these up right before I headed to Oregon for my show in Eugene this past weekend but, because I was in such a rush, I didn’t even get to open up any of the boxes. Today, I got to check them out and they look real dope. From the artwork to the clear vinyl, these joints look crispy! Continue reading

How to be a Better Fan

As artists, we’re often asked by our fans what are the most effective ways to support our art. Over the years, we’ve noticed that it isn’t about the big things– like expecting people to buy all of our albums–it’s actually about really small things that most fans might not think are very important. In this episode, we dive into seven small actions fans can make that have a huge impact.

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The Power of Community

I’ve been in Orlando for the last week, staying with my good friends the Solillaquists of Sound. For the last seven years, I’ve been coming down here multiple times a year; either playing a show, hanging with friends, working on some project, or doing what I’m doing this time around–shooting music videos.

Those who know me understand how active I am when it comes to getting things done, and while I can take some of the credit for my work ethic, I can’t take all the credit for what actually gets done. The truth, is that I wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much without the help of the community. Continue reading

Wearing Multiple Hats

Whether you’re trying to or not, there will always be times when you have to take on multiple responsibilities in order to get things done. In this episode, we dive deep into what Blueprint has had to do over the last fifteen years to stay on top of his art and business in a way that is very rare nowadays. We also give you all seven tips that will help you become better at wearing multiple hats. Let’s go!

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The Wait is Over: I Have a New Album For You

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since I’ve released a full-length solo album, but it’s true. The year 2016 was all about the Vigilante Genesis project, which was only a seven-song EP (not a full-length album) and the year 2017 was all about the King No Crown Movie.  Even though I take filmmaking very seriously–it’s nearly impossible to be decent if you don’t–I never lost any of the love I had for making music.  So I never stopped working on music during that time.  Now I finally have something new that I feel really proud to share with you.  Continue reading

The Money Episode

If there’s one topic that’s present in the majority of popular hip-hop it’s money. Unfortunately, most of the conversations rappers have about money only involves how they spend it, reinforcing the wrong kind of behavior. In this episode, we discuss how one of the least likely rappers is changing the conversations about money in hip-hop and give some book recommendations for those who are trying to get their money right! Let’s go!

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Finding 1000 True Fans

No matter what type of creative work you do, there will come a point where you think you need to blow up to be successful. But what is lost along the way is the little known fact that there are many artists who have never blown up, but make a good living from their art. And in many instances they are right under our noses making their art for a small but loyal number of fans who are willing to support them. In this episode, we discuss the theory of “1,000 True Fans” and the breakdown how it’s done.

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Why Wackness is Tolerated

As long as there’s been hip-hop music, there’s been wack artists making wack songs. And even though they’ve always existed, their presence seems to be more pronounced than ever. Are there more wack artists now or do we just have more tolerance for them? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we dive deep into the surprising reasons why wackness is tolerated in hip-hop.

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Knowing When to Let a Project Go

If you’re ambitious and active in your creative endeavors, then you will reach the point where you are involved in several different projects, all vying for your time and energy. And while this feels great at first, there will always be a point when you have to let go of certain projects in order to focus on those that will have a bigger impact. In this episode, we discuss two project that Blueprint had to give up and what was behind these decisions. This is a real one, folks. Let’s go!

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What Makes A Show Special

If you’ve been alive long enough, you’ve either witnessed or been a part of an amazing show in your life. While these special nights aren’t very common, they do share some common qualities. In this episode, we break down the common traits that all special shows share, what our favorite show moments were, and break down how to use these traits to make your own performances better. Let’s go!

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How Having Kids Impacts Creativity

Although it’s a well-known fact that Illogic is a parent, very rarely do we really dive deep into what that means and how it impacts his creative life. But being a parent is a profound experience that changes everything about the decisions creative people make. In this episode we dive deep into how having children impacts a person’s creativity. Special guest and Columbus MC Speak Williams joins us this week. Special shout out to our loyal listener Hubert Sawyers for the topic suggestion.

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Fan Questions

After putting in consistent work for the last couple of years, the most infamous podcast on planet earth has finally made it to a large milestone in podcasting, the one hundredth episode! To celebrate, we decided to get our listeners involved and asked them to leave a message or question on our voice mail. In this episode, we play back your messages and answer all of your questions. One hundred down, one hundred more to go!

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