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.
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say. In fact it’s the opposite. I’ve had a lot to say, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and say it.
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.
Tour Dates: 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
Here’s some upcoming tour dates you may or may not know about:
July 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 Continue reading →
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.
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-orderAdventures In Counter-Culturenow 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!
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.
It’s about that time! Blueprint‘s newest album Adventures In Counter-Culture is dropping in just seven days!
Pre-orderAdventures In Counter-Culturenow from Fifth Element Online! Albums will ship on March 31st. 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!
Single “so alive” from the album Adventures in Counter-Culture available on limited edition, RED vinyl. Only 500 singles pressed and all individually hand-numbered. Remixes by Budo & X:144 as well as all instrumentals. Also includes a digital download card so you don’t have to encode the songs to MP3s yourself! No excuse to not scoop it up! Support the movement!