I‘m featured on the brand new single “Chasing You” by the Columbus band, The Worn Flints. I’ve done a lot of features in the last year or so, but this is one that I’m the most proud of. It came out really great, so please take a couple of minutes to hit play. This was released on Christmas day, but since I was traveling I didn’t get a chance to post it. Continue reading →
In the immortal words of Biz Markie, “damn it feels good to see people up on it.” My podcast, Super Duty Tough Work, co-hosted by Illogic has made the 5 Best Music Podcasts of 2016 by the Trebel blog. Considering 2016 was our first full year doing it, it feels good to see people up on it. Check it out: Continue reading →
Although my podcast, Super Duty Tough Work, technically debuted in 2015, this year was our first full year of doing it every week. Since it’s a brand new year, I wanted tot take a second to look back and share five lessons I’ve learned from the experience: Continue reading →
Whether it’s family, friendships, or romantic partners–relationships can be difficult. One of the main reasons for that difficulty is the balancing act of investing in others while trying to protect ourselves from decisions they make that we might not agree with. How do we know when to let go? When is the right time to back off and let people make their own decisions, even if we may not agree with those those decisions? We dive deep into that topic on this very personal episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth. We name five behaviors that prevent us from letting go and letting people live their own lives. It gets real in this one.
I got a request a little while back about my writing process and wanted to take a quick second to go through it for all those who may be curious. I’m not sure if there is anything that would be considered revolutionary in here, but I do think that some of this may be helpful to those who are interested in becoming more productive with their writing. Continue reading →
It almost goes without saying that the internet has created an environment where artists are blowing up faster than ever. This is seen as a positive thing, but the downside is that we now have more frustrated artists publicly retiring than ever before. And while they may use the word retire to describe their departure from the game, we wonder if many of them are actually quitting. In this episode, the most infamous podcast on planet earth discusses the difference between retiring and quitting, and tries to put an end to all the confusion.
One of the most common feelings a creative person experiences is self-doubt. Even when you’re 95% confident you’re doing the right thing and making something good, there’s still that 5% that quietly questions everything.
For several months in a row, I have had a feeing of uneasiness as it relates to my life. It wasn’t a constant feeling–I only felt it every now and then when I slowed down my work–but it was definitely there.
The main reason I didn’t notice it was that I was busier than I had ever been in my career. Not only was my schedule full, but it was full of meaningful projects that I had an emotional connection to and was excited about working on.
I woke up today super excited and confident that today is going to be a good day. Not because I actually have something concrete on the agenda, but because it’s the first day I’m really seeing the impact of a long overdue investment. Continue reading →
Whether it’s somebody with a household name or a local celebrity, we all come across people we want to meet and work with. The problem, is how do we approach them without making a fool out of ourselves? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we dive deep and give you some rock solid rules for approaching the people you want to work with. These rules should help you become more successful before, during, and after you step to them. Let’s go!
The music video for a collaboration I did with DJ Criminal just dropped and it’s dope. The song is called “Leave me Alone” and it’s the first single from his upcoming album, Samples & Marbles. The project is a FREE hip-hop and turntablism album made entirely from samples of the band Phish. You can download the single and get the album from his bandcamp page. Continue reading →
Although groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were mainstays of hip-hop’s golden era from the late 80’s & early 90’s, both groups fell out of the public eye in the last decade. Thankfully for their fans around the world, the stars aligned and both groups dropped impressive comeback albums in 2016. While most hip-hop media will talk about the comeback albums themselves, we decided to take it a step further and breakdown why both comebacks were successful. It gets risky returning from any leave of absence, but we got the keys. There are six keys that De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest employed that made their comebacks successful, and we give you all of them.
While conflict between competing rappers is a relatively common occurrence in hip-hop these days, it’s much more rare to see two friends air their dirty laundry in public. Well, not this week as Kanye West returned to the news for his on-stage tirade against his close friend Jay Z. We’ve all been there before; arguing and beefing with friends and family over small things. But we wouldn’t be grown ass men if we didn’t frown upon this type of behavior, and we wouldn’t be the MVP (Most Valuable Podcast) if we didn’t give you nine rules to help you handle conflict with your friends without escalating things.
One of the most difficult balancing acts in life is between our personal lives and our careers. A decision to focus primarily on work usually forces us to sacrifice our personal lives, and a decision to focus on our personal lives often leaves us without challenges in our careers. Everybody is trying to achieve the proper work-life balance, but very few actually do. In this episode, we give nine tips for achieving the proper work-life balance and also briefly speak to two of our professional friends that are working on it as well. Lots of bars in this one.
It goes without saying that we love hip-hop music from the bottom of our hearts. We grew up on it and watched it grow from an underground culture to worldwide phenomenon that can be heard on any radio or television station at any time. But every now and then, an event happens that shows you what hip-hop looks like to people outside the culture; and it’s not very pleasant. Put on your scuba gear because we’re about to dive deep.
Hello friends. If you know me then you know that Florida is one of my favorite places to play. I’m happy to announce that me and DJ Rare Groove will be returning to Florida in November for three shows. It’s been about a year since I’ve been down there, so I’m excited to return.
Anybody that has listened to the Super Duty Tough Work podcast for a while knows that Blueprint likes to read. But even though we’ve occasionally spoken on books in the past, we’ve never dove all the way in until now. In this episode of the most infamous (and most informative) hip-hop podcast, Blueprint gives the listener five short books that he thinks creative people need to read asap. If you’re an artist, business person, or creative type and have been looking for some inspiration, look no further than this episode.
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 →
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.
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.