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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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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Signs You Might Have Found Your Purpose

We’re firm believers that life is much easier once you figure out what you would want to do with it, yet figuring out what you want to do with your life is one of the most difficult decisions to make. This week, the most infamous podcast takes on the topic of finding your passion and explains how to tell if you’ve found your passion or just a fleeting interest.

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Our Biggest Marketing Misses

During the course of our long careers, we’ve had many successful releases where everything went down as planned, but also some not so great releases where mistakes hurt our chances of success. In this episode we break down the biggest mistakes we’ve made in releasing our art and the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Shout out to our guy Ill Poetic for the topic suggestion this week.

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Choosing Yourself

If there’s one thing that the music industry is full of, it’s artists looking for somebody to put them on. Everybody seems to be looking for somebody who can either sign them or blow them up. But what if trying to be chosen by these people wasn’t the best solution? In this episode, we discuss why it might be a better idea to choose yourself rather than get chosen by somebody else.

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Who Killed the DJ?

As guys that grew up during what’s often referred to as the golden era of hip-hop, we remember a time when almost every group had a DJ as one of it’s members. Fast-forward twenty years and you would be hard-pressed to find any major label hip-hop group with a DJ in it, nor would you find any scratches on many major records. In this week’s episode, we dive deep into what’s behind the disappearance of the DJ in hip-hop.

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The Most Overused Words in Hip-Hop

While it’s fair to assume that mainstream rap artists don’t have the widest vocabulary in hip-hop, nothing could prepare us for the results of a new study that was just published on the topic. A new study compares the vocabulary of hundreds of rappers and breaks down which words are used the most in hip-hop. The results will probably surprise you about as much as they surprised us. In this episode of the most infamous podcast, we discuss the results of this list and what we would like to see changed about it.

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The Pitfalls of Promotion

What does it take to throw a successful live event? As artists who came up in an era where we had to book our own venues and promote the majority of our own events, we’ve had our fair share of successes and failures in this department. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we share the ten lessons we learned and explain what the common mistakes are so you can avoid them. That way you can get more people in the door and not lose your pants. Word!

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The Downside of Success

Although we often have conversations about what it takes to be successful, very rarely do we speak about what happens once you get there. The common belief is that success is a completely positive experience, but those who have had any level of success have seen that isn’t the case. In this episode, we speak about ten bad things that come along with success that nobody will tell you when you’re trying to make a name for yourself and fighting your way to the top of your field.

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The Biggest Mistakes in Building a Team

One of the most important factors in being successful is surrounding yourself with people who can help you accomplish your dream. Building a strong team isn’t easy, but there is no limit to what you can accomplish with the right people in place. While we are no experts on this topic, we do have some valuable information about the mistakes we made along the way. These tips will save you a lot of time, energy, and most importantly a lot of money. Shout out to Flawed Logic on Twitter for the inspiration. Let’s go!

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The Worst Rap Performance Cliches

As artists who have played more shows then we can remember, it’s safe to say we’ve seen a lot of performance trends come and go. Some of these trends stick around in high esteem, while others get used so much that they eventually become cliches. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we point out five performance trends that started out good but quickly got played out by rappers at their shows.

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Five Things That Happen When You Share Your Work

Like most people who create, there comes a time when you have to take your craft out of the laboratory and into the public. For many people, this sharing process causes anxiety, so they avoid it. For others, the process of sharing is the catalyst to take their art to a higher level. In this episode, we speak about why sharing your work with other people is important and the five amazing things that happen when you share your work.

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Phrases That Steal Your Power

As children we would often say, “sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This saying has always served as a reminder that words can’t hurt us nearly as much as actions can. But what if we told you that your actions are being undermined by your words everyday and that using certain words and phrases is stopping you from achieving your goals? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down a long list of common phrases that take our power away before we can even get started.

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Why Rappers Don’t Wanna Grow Up

If there’s one thing we’ve noticed about Jay Z’s “4:44” album it’s that, love it or hate it, it’s making people talk. One of the things it’s making people talk about is getting older and more mature. While we like to see those kinds of things, a whole lot of rappers were personally offended by the album and felt the need to speak out. Why? Probably because they don’t want to think about growing up. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down exactly why it is that rappers don’t want to grow up to explain why they’re so in their feelings about Jay Z’s lyrics.

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The Importance of Telling Your Story

What separates people who are able to gain and maintain the attention of the public from those who cannot? Is it technical skill? Is it great publicity? Is it connections? Those are all important, but if there’s one quality that successful creative people have, it’s their ability to tell their story. In this episode, we do a case study on a masterful use of story-telling from the music industry that many people may not have noticed, to show why it’s so important that artists be able to tell their story. Let’s go!

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The Six Benefits of Being Early

If there’s one thing we’ve realized during our travels across the country to perform in various cities and venues, it’s that very rarely do events run on schedule. Part of this is because most of the people involved are late themselves, which causes a domino effect. Why are people late all the time? There are many reasons, but our belief is that people are late because they haven’t really experienced the benefits that come along with being early. This week the most infamous podcast dives deep into the six benefits of being early that might make people change their ways if they understood.

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How Managers Choose Talent

Although most creative people are always in the hunt for management and personnel to help them accomplish their dreams, very few stop to ask themselves what management is looking for in the talent they choose to work with. In this episode, the most infamous podcast on planet earth speaks to a friend of the podcast April Kulscar who is an artist manager to identify exactly what managers are looking for in talent. Lots of jewels in this one.

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