How to Know When Something is Finished

Often times, one of the most difficult things for most creative people to master isn’t creation itself, it’s how to know when something they created is finished. If you’ve ever spent weeks, months, or years debating with yourself about whether or not something we made is ready for the public. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down nine ways to know when something you’re working on is done, so you don’t have to have these projects hanging over your head forever! Let’s go!

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The Lost Art of Artist Development

In the early days of the music industry, artist development was one of the most important activities of a record label, often times allowing an artist to develop their artistry and image behind the scenes for years before finally emerging in the public’s eye. However, the emergence of the internet has almost ended this practice. Instead, artists are now pushed to develop publicly and share everything they do in order to feed the social media beasts. In this episode, Blueprint sits down with friend of the podcast Swamburger of Solillaquists of Sound to speak about his history and present involvement in artist development and why it’s still one of the most important aspects in any industry. Continue reading

Throwing Quality Live Events

As artists who have both thrown events and been booked to play on events, we’ve been a part of a wide range of shows. From the most organized shows with amazing performances, to the most unorganized shows with terrible performers–we’ve seen it all. And from those experiences, we’ve identified some bulletproof ways to make sure the event you throw is successful on every level. If you’ve been thinking about throwing a live event, this episode will show you how to make sure it’s quality!

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The Benefits of Minimalism

During last weeks intro, we briefly spoke about the huge benefits that simplifying your wardrobe can bring to a person’s life. Although that conversation may have appeared to be just about clothing, it was really about the larger topic of minimalism and how it can be applied to our lives. In this episode, we break down the three areas of our lives that we can apply a minimalistic approach and talk about the benefits of each. Let’s go!

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Stop Wasting Time

We all know what it’s like to completely procrastinate on important work until the last minute. And while normal people tend to have specific reasons why they put things off, creative people tend to occupy their time with activities that we tell ourselves are helping us get ready to create, but only waste time. In this episode, we dive into the top time-wasters creative people use as excuses for not getting to work and how to get them out of your way!

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Banning Hip-Hop

One of the most controversial stories involving hip-hop on a global level was the country of China banning hip-hop culture from television and all mainstream outlets. What may seem unthinkable in a country like America has actually happened. Was it the right thing to do? In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic choose opposites sides and debate China’s hip-hop ban.

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Avoiding People Who Aren’t Serious

If there’s one thing you’ll definitely come across on your path to elevate yourself in your career or passion, it’s people who talk a good game, but aren’t really serious about putting in work. At the beginning stages of your career, these people will easily fool you and cause you to waste valuable time that you can’t get back. In this episode, we talk about the ten ways to tell if somebody you’re dealing with isn’t serious and should be avoided.

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How to be a Better Fan

As artists, we’re often asked by our fans what are the most effective ways to support our art. Over the years, we’ve noticed that it isn’t about the big things– like expecting people to buy all of our albums–it’s actually about really small things that most fans might not think are very important. In this episode, we dive into seven small actions fans can make that have a huge impact.

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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 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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