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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Keep It Lean in 2018

The start of a new year can often be a time of stress as we are often tempted to try new challenges and take on more responsibility in our already busy lives. And without a proper plan of attack, things can get out of hand fast. In this episode, we lay out an easy to remember mantra and plan for 2018, so you can come out on top.

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Why Talent Isn’t Enough

In our fifteen year careers in the music industry, we have been blessed to cross paths with some amazingly talented people. Some of these talented people went on to achieve great things, while others never got out of the starting block. In this episode, we dive deep into the notion that talent is enough to make someone successful and explain seven things that are as important (if not more important) than talent.

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The Biggest Losers of 2017

Looking back, 2017 was a pretty good year for the most infamous podcast on planet earth, as we consistently provided some of the best edutainment around. But for other people in hip-hop, 2017 was not so good. In fact, there are a few people in hip-hop who probably can’t wait for this year to end. It is for those people we hold this special awards show, where we count down the biggest losers of 2017. Let’s go!

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Help Needed: Hitting The Road Again Soon

As many of you know, I have done a lot of touring during my career as an independent artist over the last fifteen years. However, I fell back quite a bit the last couple of years. Well, I want to make it known now that I’m making plans to do quite a bit of touring in 2018. That means that I will be releasing a lot of new music next year and trying to bring it to your city to perform. Continue reading

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