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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Dealing With Rejection

Although we are often told stories of success and conquest from people we see around us, we are rarely told about the other side of the coin, which is rejection. The problem with this lack of discussion about rejection is that it leaves many of us unfamiliar with how to deal with it. In this episode we talk about having your creative work get rejected and what to do when it happens.

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The High Price of Free Work

In an industry where the internet has caused prices of every product and service to drop tremendously due to more competition, getting things for free seems to be the next logical step. In fact, the internet has dropped prices of things so much that many people now get upset when something isn’t free. But what is the cost of receiving and expecting free things all the time? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we discuss the hidden costs of expecting and accepting free work from people.

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Rules That Help Producers

A couple of weeks ago we did an episode called “Rules That Hurt Producers” where we talked about ten unspoken rules that hurt hip-hop producers. This week the most infamous does a follow up to that episode and show the other side of the coin by talk about ten rules that actually help producers. If you dug the first part of this two-part series, you will dig this one. Big shout-out to our fan who suggested this topic.

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The How and Why of Making Music Videos

This week a music video directed by Blueprint, produced by DJ Criminal, and featuring Illogic will be released. As a collaboration between people who live on other sides of the globe, this project shows the potential of collaboration and the importance of music videos in artistry and promotion. This week the most infamous podcast dives deep into the how and why of music videos breaking down this process for those interested. This topic comes at the suggestion of one of our listeners but is right on time.

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Rules That Hurt Producers

Last week Illogic posed a question on Twitter about whether or not producers should use kits from other people to make beats that started some interesting discussions about the unspoken rules of production and whether or not they should be followed. This week, the most infamous podcast discusses how many of these unspoken rules actually hurt producers more than they help them. We challenge ten of these rules and explain why producers should stop following them. If you’re a beginner or a veteran, get ready to dive deep and challenge many of your long-standing beliefs about beat-making and production.

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The Benefits of Sobriety

On the day that Blueprint celebrates being seven years sober, the most infamous podcast decided to talk about what life looks like once you cut alcohol out of your life. Instead of discussing all the bad things that can happen when you drink too much, we decided to speak about the ten benefits of sobriety. Some are more obvious than others, but as usual the conversation is pretty entertaining.

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Everybody Hates Print

As with most things in life, the internet has it’s ups and downs–not only in terms of content, but also in terms of the way people are treated. Blueprint himself learned this first hand after one of his tweets about mainstream hip-hop artist Wale started a back and forth between the two artists, causing Wale to send his twitter followers after Blueprint. People learn a lot when millions of twitter followers are unleashed on them in attempts to make their lives miserable. In this episode we find out what happens why Everybody Hates Print and how he bounced back.

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The Power of An Apology

Being the imperfect human beings we are, it’s inevitable that we get into conflict with each other from time to time. But after the smoke clears and the beef has ended, the first order of business is figuring out who will apologize and start the reconciliation process. This week we dive deep into when and why apologies are so powerful and necessary. The spirit of reconciliation is in the air. Bask in it, folks!

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Life After Losing Your Creative Catalog

One of the worst feelings any artist can experience is losing their entire creative catalog due to circumstances beyond their control. Whether it’s a hard-drive crash, a fire or flood, or burglary–losing what we’ve created is heart-breaking. But after the smoke clears and we accept that we will never see our creations again, how do we bounce back? That’s what this episode is about.

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Dating Uncreative People

While dating in this day and age is not easy for anybody, it’s even more complicated for creative people. The trouble lies in the fact that creative people tend to be quirky and see the world differently than most of the non-creative people they date. Take it from us, small differences can lead to a lot of misunderstandings and heartache. This week we speak about ten problems creative people have when dating non-creative people and how to resolve them so you don’t end up ruining a good thing!

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Finding Inspiration Outside of Music

While music can be an amazing source of inspiration for all of us, there are many times when it fails to deliver on the type of consistent inspiration we need in our lives. In fact, some of the subject matter in music can sometimes be down right depressing. So in this episode, the most infamous podcast on planet earth decided to speak on ten sources of constant inspiration that are not related to music at all. This week’s episode topic was suggested to us on Twitter by one of our listeners, @JayIsALetter. Thanks for your suggestion, brother.

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The Best Hip-Hop in Hollywood

Sparked by Blueprint announcing that he is putting the finishing touches on his first movie, a conversation about the relationship between hip-hop and Hollywood was a must. Especially since so many veteran hip-hop artists have been able to transition into successful careers as actors, writers, and producers. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we dive deep into the relationship between hip-hop and Hollywood to speak about which artists have done it the best. We even give out some awards.

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Why Hip-Hop Needs Adult Rappers

How old is too old to be involved in hip-hop? If you let the hip-hop press tell it, anything over 25 years old is probably considered over the hill. But considering the big year that old school artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul have had in the last year, it’s clear that older artists have a spot in hip-hop. In this episode of the most infamous podcast, we dig deep into ageism and why hip-hop needs the adult rappers and the older generation.

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Ten Reasons Rappers Have Bad Performances

If you’ve been to a rap show, then chances are you’ve probably been to a bad rap show. It seems as though no matter how far we advance in terms of knowledge, the level of showmanship in rap shows is always inconsistent. This week was no different when news broke of of Lil Yachty almost getting into a fight with a fan who told him his stage show sucked. This week we list the ten most common ways rappers ruin their own shows. This week’s topic was submitted to us by our guy Cesar Comanche from North Carolina a couple weeks ago and I’m glad we finally get to talk about it.

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Was Chance the Rappers Million Dollar Donation a Mistake?

Last week, news emerged of Chicago rapper making a 1 million dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools. People everywhere were unanimously excited about it, but we wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast if we didn’t discuss whether or not he made the right decision. In this episode, Illogic and Blueprint debate five reasons why it his donation was a great move and five reasons why it may have been a mistake. This one gets pretty deep.

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The Violent Side of Online Beef

In most instances, most people don’t take the words, threats, or insults from people on-line seriously in this day and age. But there are occasions where what’s said online will escalate and spill out into the streets. After hearing a news story about two young men from St. Augustine, Florida who killed each other after they met up to resolve their internet beef, we had to have a frank conversation about it internet beef and how to avoid it’s sometimes fatal consequences.

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