Raleigh NC – King No Crown Tour Recap

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I’ve always had a good vibe about Raleigh, NC.  Part of it has had to do with the fact that when Illogic and I played a show in Chapel Hill in the summer of 2013 in front of about 10 people (summer shows in college towns are usually a bad idea), the entire crowd had driven in from Raleigh.  Seriously, not a single person from our show was from the city we played in.  Another part of my love for Raleigh comes from the fact that, even though we had a pretty bad show that night, I met a few really awesome people from the Raleigh scene that I continue to keep in touch with. Continue reading

Harrisburg PA – King No Crown Tour Recap

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Physically, we were at a bit of a disadvantage going into the harrisburg show because the drive to Harrisburg from Evansville, Indiana was about 11 hours. And once you took in the time change and stops for gas we were looking at a 13 hour drive, which was the longest of the tour. This meant that after the show in Evansville ended around 2am, we immediately started driving to Harrisburg.  I did about 2-3 hours of driving that night before pulling over for an hour or so of sleep, then woke back up around 6 am to continue the drive.  It was rough, especially for just the second day of tour, but me and DJ Rare Groove switched out the driving as we normally do to get the long drives done. Continue reading

Experiments in Podcasting

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The past month or so I’ve been developing some podcasting ideas behind the scenes. I’ve always been a fan of podcasts, but because I listen to so many, it’s important for me to really develop my ideas fully.  The last thing I wanna do is start a podcast that either sucks and has to stop, or one that’s good but too difficult for me to do with regularity.  A lot of my current experiments in podcasting deal with the technical side of it: Continue reading

East Coast, West Coast, and Midwest Tour Dates Added to King No Crown Tour

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Is your city on the list? The “King No Crown” tour starts on May 21st and has now added East Coast, West Coast, & Northwest dates:

5/21 – Evansville, IN @ PG | http://on.fb.me/1xetA8x
5/22 – Harrisburg, PA @ Appalachian Brewing Co | http://on.fb.me/1HwouVk
5/23 – Washington, DC – Heaven & Hell | http://on.fb.me/1Iq1rN4
5/24 – Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House | http://on.fb.me/1N4v0qd
5/25 – Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor | http://on.fb.me/1FT8QVD
5/27 – Nashville, TN @ The Stone Fox | http://on.fb.me/1bqhNun
5/28 – Knoxville, TN @ Long Branch | http://on.fb.me/1Cm4Lb6
5/29 – Boone, NC @ The Local | http://on.fb.me/1Hz8e9A
5/30 – Asheville, NC @ Timo’s House | http://on.fb.me/1BoSOg2
5/31 – Columbia, SC @ Back Alley | http://on.fb.me/1HwsJjO
6/01 – Atlanta, GA @ 529 | http://on.fb.me/1y11j0r
6/03 – Gainesville, FL @ The Backyard | http://on.fb.me/1Bgj7Gc
6/04 – Orlando, FL @ The Social | http://on.fb.me/1ENf2gb
6/05 – Jacksonville, FL @ Rain Dogs | http://on.fb.me/1bqinrV
6/06 – Fort Myers Beach, FL @ Nervous Nellie’s | http://on.fb.me/1BKHzP1
6/07 – Dunedin, FL @ The Dunedin Brewery (FREE SHOW) | http://on.fb.me/1FzPxSw
6/12 – Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina | http://on.fb.me/1bqisMh
6/13 – San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgerald’s | http://on.fb.me/1BoT2Uw
6/14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s | http://on.fb.me/1BoT3Yp
6/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge | http://on.fb.me/1C7w3Rf
6/18 – Santa Fe, NM @ The Underground at Evangelo’s | http://on.fb.me/1HzafCF
6/19 – Colorado Springs, CO @ Flux Capacitor | http://on.fb.me/19hqZ2z
6/20 – Denver, CO @ Moe’s | http://on.fb.me/1bqiDqQ
6/21 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater | http://on.fb.me/1xev2YB Continue reading

Rappers Are in Danger: Addressing Safety in Hip-Hop

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woke up this morning to see a video in my youtube feed about the rapper Plies getting slammed off the stage at a show.  During an on-stage confrontation, a guy grabbed him by the waist and slammed him off the six-foot stage and onto the floor.  This happened in front of hundreds (maybe thousands) of people.  We tend to laugh when it’s a commercial artist like Plies, but even well-respected artists aren’t exempt. Continue reading

What A Night: Chapter 7 – Kalamazoo, MI

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What A Night
Chapter 7: Kalamazoo, MI

Between 2003 and 2005, Kalamazoo, Michigan became one of the most supportive cities of my music. It all started when Western Michigan University’s student-operated radio station, WIDR FM, began putting the Soul Position Unlimited EP and my production album The Weight Room in regular rotation.  Unlike most college radio stations—whose programming is directed entirely at the student-body—WIDR’s show programming and events calendar garnered the support of the entire community and the surrounding area. Continue reading

What A Night: Chapter 10 – Seattle, WA

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Chapter 10 – Seattle, WA

In 2006, I began working on my sophomore album, Adventures in Counter-Culture. From the beginning, my goal was to make the most ambitious album possible.  I wanted it to defy genres, summarizing everything I had ever learned about music into this one album.  I was tired of being boxed in with terms like “commercial” and “underground.”  I wanted Adventures in Counter-Culture to escape those classifications. Continue reading

Five Things I Tell Myself That Help Me Keep Going

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Anybody that has chased their dream long enough knows that there are days when it gets tiring. Those are the days that you wonder why you do what you do and the thought of quitting enters your mind.  Over the years, I have found myself leaning on several phrases that keep me inspired and help me keep going. I would like to share these with you.  If you have any please share yours in the comment section. Continue reading

What A Night: Chapter Four

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CHAPTER FOUR: NEW YORK CITY, NY

There was a point in my life, between 2002 and 2004, that I became very interested in stand-up comedy.  At first I was a fan like everybody else—renting the most popular comedy specials and watching them anytime they were on television—but soon my interest grew more intense.  Fortunately, I didn’t have to start my comedy collection from scratch; I was a hip-hop producer, which meant I already owned a decent amount of comedy albums on vinyl.  I began revisiting these older albums from comedians like Richard Pryor and Steve Martin, listening to them with a completely different ear and appreciation.  Eventually, my favorite comedians made their way out of my house and onto my MP3 player, just as any great album would. Continue reading

Announcing My New Book “What a Night”

After laying low for the past couple of months, I’m proud to announce my new book, What a Night is finally here.  The book takes the reader on a journey through my twelve-year touring career to tell the stories of the worst shows I’ve ever experienced.  What a Night is part comedy, part tragedy, and 100% entertaining.  I hope you will support me by ordering your copy today.

Pre-order your copy of What A Night here: http://bit.ly/1vVF38T

The book will be available November 18th and available on paperback, e-book, and audiobook formats.

  • Available in Paperback, E-Book, and Audiobook versions
  • First 200 copies of the paperback version will be signed and come w/ 11×17 poster and Blueprint Sticker.
  • Audiobook version is read by Blueprint Continue reading

I Love it Out Here

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This tour, the Respect the Architect tour, will probably go down as one of my favorite tours.  Not because it is the biggest tour I have ever done.  Not because I am making more money than I’ve ever made.  It will go down as one of my favorite tours because, more than any other point in my career, I understand how special this opportunity is.

There are times in life, many times for that matter, when time flies. We are doing things we enjoy, completely unaware of the passing of each moment and event.  Then there are times when we are able to actually slow down for a second, and not just be in the moment, but to also feel as though we can observe the moment as an outsider; as an impartial observer.

That is exactly how I feel now. Continue reading