After a five-year musical journey, critically acclaimed mc/producer and Soul Position frontman Blueprint, returned in 2011 with his highly-anticipated sophomore solo album Adventures in Counter-Culture. While praised by critics and considered his finest release to date, the story behind Blueprint’s musical departure went largely untold until now. The Making of Adventures in Counter-Culture sees Blueprint emerge as an author, vividly recounting the stories that inspired him to create such a unique piece of art. His writing leaves nothing unanswered – taking the reader through the creative process behind every song on the album – and describing in rich detail the circumstances that lead to his social commentary, his personal transformation, and his genre-defying album, Adventures in Counter-Culture. Continue reading
To all my friends in the Ohio area, I will be playing an instrumental set in Columbus on Friday Feb 10th @ Carabar (115 Parsons Ave), as a part of the J-Dilla Tribute Night being put together by my homie Zero Star. The event is Free admission and all ages are welcome. I am working on a couple instrumental projects under the name The 808 Mechanic, and this project will be my opportunity to do play some of this material out for the first time. Just to clarify, I will not be rhyming, I will be playing an instrumental/beat set.
Hope yall can make it out.
As many of my friends know, I’m a pretty big fan of Mixed-Martial Arts (MMA). I think I started watching it about four or five years ago, and have been into it pretty heavily ever since, as proven by my MMA-related tweets whenever there’s a big event on. Hell, a lot of my time in the studio is spent watching classic fights that I missed before I was a fan of the sport. Continue reading
Last week when i was in Orlando, their weekly paper The Orlando Weekly did a great feature on me and Adventures in Counter-Culture.
Please check it out here: http://orlandoweekly.com/music/under-the-radar-1.1245038
Here’s an exerpt:
In 2005, Al Shepard stopped by the headquarters of Power 107.5 FM, a radio station in his hometown, Columbus, Ohio. Shepard had ties to hip-hop, and so did the station, but each had a vastly different idea of what makes the genre great. Traditionally, Shepard raps over self-made beats as Blueprint, keeping his work low on coolness and flash, and heavy on honesty. Slang doesn’t play into his verses much and he’s consistently willing to experiment with different moods and sounds in his beats. (He’s had albums issued by stately indie hip-hop label Rhymesayers.) Continue reading
Hello Friends. Although it’s officially winter I would like to announce the Sunshine State of Mind Tour, a week-long headlining tour that will be brought to the sunniest of sunny places, Florida. If you live in the state of Florida, I would like to officially invite you out to one of the shows.
Thursday December 15th – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum: details & RSVP
Friday, December 16th – Orlando, FL @ The Social: details & RSVP
Saturday, December 17th – Jacksonville, FL @ The Phoenix Taproom: details and RSVP
Sunday, December 18th – Orlando, FL @ Blank Space (Producer Showcase): details and RSVP
Tuesday, December 20th – Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda: details and RSVP
Thanks for the support,
But I do want to say this: I’m currently knee deep into working on my follow-up to Adventures in Counter-Culture.
It doesn’t have an official title yet, it doesn’t have any guest appearances on it yet, but trust me that it’s definitely underway and could possibly be finished by the end of this winter. Continue reading
Starting today in Grand Rapids, MI, you can see Printmatic himself over the next week at a number of stops across the Midwestern US. The quick jaunt ends with a what’s sure to be an incredible show in Print’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, joined by Soul Position groupmate Rjd2, as well as local artist Envelope.
BLUEPRINT TOUR DATES:
10.02 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme: RSVP
10.04 – Fairborn, OH @ One Eyed Jacks: RSVP
10.05 – Peoria, IL @ SOP’s on Main: Buy Tickets | RSVP
10.06 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s: Buy Tickets | RSVP
10.07 – St. Louis, MO @ Gramophone: RSVP
10.08 – Columbus, OH @ Skully’s: Buy Tickets | RSVP
Hey Friends. It’s been a while since I’ve written so I figured I would write one post that summarizes all the stuff that’s been going on. This will also be my first newsletter that I’m sending to those that subscribe to my mailing list as well. Continue reading
More dates added to the Family Vacation tour in September. Peep the press release and all twelve addition tour dates after the jump:
You didn’t think the tour was only a few weeks long, did you? Just announced, Atmosphere has added MORE dates to The Family Vacation Tour. On the second leg of this tour, labelmates Evidence and Blueprint will be joining once again. The tour starts in Madison, Wisconsin and ends in Omaha, Nebraska and will travel throughout much of the South and Midwest of the United States.
Fan Pre-sale begins TOMORROW, Wednesday, July 27th at 3pm local time at ArtistArena.
09.13 – Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theatre
09.14 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
09.15 – Athens, GA @ New Earth Music Hall Continue reading
To all my fly Europeans who have supported me for so long, your boy Printmatic is coming back around your way this November in the form of the first ever Rhymesayers European tour. A tour that has been talked about for quite a while is finally coming about in Europe, hitting various major countries and cities. I haven’t been to Europe since summer of 2008 when I was out there with Louis Logic and Paul Dateh. I love Europe and have been trying to get back there ever since, but having a new album like Adventures in Counter-Culture gives me a great opportunity to get back over there and bring the music to the people. Of course I will not be alone. The tour will feature Atmosphere, Evidence, Brother Ali, and Grieves & Budo. The line-up is crazy and I’m just happy to be a part of it.
So, peep the dates below, mark your calendars and come see me in November and say whatup: Continue reading
While on tour, I bump into a lot of people who ask me about buying beats or guest verses. Being on the road I don’t have time, but since I’ll be home for another month or so before heading back out again, I can dedicate some time to it. That being said if you’re interested in buying beats or guest verses please e-mail me at HERE for prices and details or hit up the contact page.
Serious inquiries only! In other words, don’t e-mail me asking for free beats.
To everybody else. Hit me up.
See yall in August!
08.05 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
08.07 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
08.09 – London, ONT @ London Music Hall
08.10 – Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
08.12 – Bangor, ME @ KahBang Festival: Buy Tickets | RSVP
08.13 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights *
08.15 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
08.16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
08.17 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
08.19 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater: Buy Tickets | RSVP
08.20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand at The Complex
08.21 – Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Pavillion
08.22 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
08.24 – South Lake Tahoe, NV @ Montbleu Resort
08.25 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Civic Auditorium
08.26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre: Buy Tickets | RSVP
08.27 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
08.28 – Albuquerque, NM @ Convention Center
Press release below:
Here’s some upcoming tour dates you may or may not know about:
Sunday July 3rd – Helena, MT @ Independents Day Festival
Wednesday July 6th – Casper, WY @ The Venue
Thursday July 7th – Rapid City, SD @ Dublin Square
Friday July 29th – Columbus, OH @ Skullys
Saturday July 30th – Milwaukee, WI @ Stonefly Brewing Co
I can’t wait.
Word is Blog.
This Sunday May 29th is the Soundset music festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I will be performing there along with a host of other talented artists like De La Soul, Big Boi, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Edan, etc. Long story short, it’s going to be a huge hip-hop festival, that I’m already sure many of you already know about.
Well this year, I’ve decided to setup an official Blueprint booth at the festival, where I will be hanging out all day, meeting people, signing things, selling Blueprint things, and enjoying the event. Because I’ll have my own booth I can now bring a bunch of merch items that I wouldn’t normally be able to bring with me.
Here’s a list of the new t-shirt designs I’ll be bringing (and pictures): Continue reading
First, I want to thank everybody for voting in the poll I had last week. It’s good to get people’s feedback for things like that before you actually have the thing printed. Because of the limitations of the printing process we had to switch away from the light blue shirt I originally wanted it printed on, and change the color scheme. However, I’m very happy with the design and new color scheme. Check it out:
Will have these for sale at the Family Tour shows that start tonight in Columbus, OH @ the Newport.
Thanks for the support!
4.19.11 Atmosphere announces Red Rocks and Greek Theatre (LA) performances as part of the Family Vacation Tour!
This August Atmosphere will embark on the second leg of their US tour called “The Family Vacation Tour”. Atmosphere will be joined by Rhymesayers family members Evidence, Blueprint, DJ Babu and special guests. “The Family Vacation Tour” will support Atmosphere’s brand new release The Family Sign. Continue reading
Alright folks. Today is the day. My new album is in stores right now. You can get it from itunes, pretty much any mom & pop store, on-line at fifthelementonline.com as well as chains like Best Buy. I’m gonna spare you the sales pitch and just say that I’ve put a lot of time into it so obviously it would be great it you picked it up. I’m going to be flying back to Columbus to do an in-store at Magnolia Thunderpussy at 7pm today, so I’m not going to be online a much until later, but feel free to hit this post up and let me know what you think of it if you’ve got it already.
Pre-order Adventures In Counter-Culture now from Fifth Element Online! You can still pre-order today and get the bonus materials! Every pre-order will receive a bonus Weightless Radio CD for FREE, a 27 track instrumental album of previously unreleased beats produced by Blueprint and only available at Fifth Element. The vinyl features a custom limited and numbered double LP picture disc in a full color printed jacket. It also includes an 8 page booklet with lyrics, liner notes, and digital download card. You don’t want to miss out on this exclusive deal, only from Fifth Element!
Here’s the information on the inst0re today: Continue reading
If you live in Columbus, OH or the surrounding area then you won’t wanna miss this event. The official release party for the new Blueprint album Adventures in Counter-Culture will be going down Saturday April 9th in Columbus, OH at Carabar (115 Parsons). Doors open at 9pm, all ages are invited, and the admission is FREE. Performers include Blueprint, Bottom Brick. The music will be provided by DJ True Skills, and there will be a bboy battle from 9pm-1030pm from some of the freshest breakers in our city. Please come through to check out the show and pick up the new album.
Thanks for the support!