For several months in a row, I have had a feeing of uneasiness as it relates to my life. It wasn’t a constant feeling–I only felt it every now and then when I slowed down my work–but it was definitely there.
The main reason I didn’t notice it was that I was busier than I had ever been in my career. Not only was my schedule full, but it was full of meaningful projects that I had an emotional connection to and was excited about working on.
I woke up today super excited and confident that today is going to be a good day. Not because I actually have something concrete on the agenda, but because it’s the first day I’m really seeing the impact of a long overdue investment. Continue reading →
Whether it’s somebody with a household name or a local celebrity, we all come across people we want to meet and work with. The problem, is how do we approach them without making a fool out of ourselves? In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth we dive deep and give you some rock solid rules for approaching the people you want to work with. These rules should help you become more successful before, during, and after you step to them. Let’s go!
The music video for a collaboration I did with DJ Criminal just dropped and it’s dope. The song is called “Leave me Alone” and it’s the first single from his upcoming album, Samples & Marbles. The project is a FREE hip-hop and turntablism album made entirely from samples of the band Phish. You can download the single and get the album from his bandcamp page. Continue reading →
Although groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were mainstays of hip-hop’s golden era from the late 80’s & early 90’s, both groups fell out of the public eye in the last decade. Thankfully for their fans around the world, the stars aligned and both groups dropped impressive comeback albums in 2016. While most hip-hop media will talk about the comeback albums themselves, we decided to take it a step further and breakdown why both comebacks were successful. It gets risky returning from any leave of absence, but we got the keys. There are six keys that De La Soul & A Tribe Called Quest employed that made their comebacks successful, and we give you all of them.
While conflict between competing rappers is a relatively common occurrence in hip-hop these days, it’s much more rare to see two friends air their dirty laundry in public. Well, not this week as Kanye West returned to the news for his on-stage tirade against his close friend Jay Z. We’ve all been there before; arguing and beefing with friends and family over small things. But we wouldn’t be grown ass men if we didn’t frown upon this type of behavior, and we wouldn’t be the MVP (Most Valuable Podcast) if we didn’t give you nine rules to help you handle conflict with your friends without escalating things.
One of the most difficult balancing acts in life is between our personal lives and our careers. A decision to focus primarily on work usually forces us to sacrifice our personal lives, and a decision to focus on our personal lives often leaves us without challenges in our careers. Everybody is trying to achieve the proper work-life balance, but very few actually do. In this episode, we give nine tips for achieving the proper work-life balance and also briefly speak to two of our professional friends that are working on it as well. Lots of bars in this one.
It goes without saying that we love hip-hop music from the bottom of our hearts. We grew up on it and watched it grow from an underground culture to worldwide phenomenon that can be heard on any radio or television station at any time. But every now and then, an event happens that shows you what hip-hop looks like to people outside the culture; and it’s not very pleasant. Put on your scuba gear because we’re about to dive deep.
Hello friends. If you know me then you know that Florida is one of my favorite places to play. I’m happy to announce that me and DJ Rare Groove will be returning to Florida in November for three shows. It’s been about a year since I’ve been down there, so I’m excited to return.
Anybody that has listened to the Super Duty Tough Work podcast for a while knows that Blueprint likes to read. But even though we’ve occasionally spoken on books in the past, we’ve never dove all the way in until now. In this episode of the most infamous (and most informative) hip-hop podcast, Blueprint gives the listener five short books that he thinks creative people need to read asap. If you’re an artist, business person, or creative type and have been looking for some inspiration, look no further than this episode.
In 2015, I had the honor of being asked to put together a talk for the fourth annual Creative Control Festival in Columbus, OH. The Creative Control festival is an all-day event that holds workshops and lectures on relevant topics for people who work in creative fields. Since I had never done a public talk or lecture before, I was initially nervous about doing it, but I accepted because the opportunity was too great to pass up. Continue reading →
For better or worse, social media has forever changed the world that we live in. In fact, having a social media presence on at least one of the popular platforms has become almost a requirement for any business, artists, or regular Joe. The positive side is that it gives us more access to people and information than ever, but the negative side is that too much (or the wrong kinds) of it can make you want to delete your profile! In this episode, the most infamous hip-hop podcast dives deep into the topic of Social Media Burnout, and tells you how to avoid it.
A couple weeks back, a story surfaced about an aspiring rapper from Indiana shooting himself in the face live on Facebook as an attempt to bring attention to his music. We wouldn’t be the most infamous podcast on planet earth if we didn’t discuss this unprecedented level of fuckery. But instead of just making fun of this guy for his awful decision-making and attention-whoring, we decided to provide ten ways that an artist can promote their music without having to shoot themselves in the face. These techniques are all time-tested, proven, and more importantly, not dangerous! Ignore those guys, and listen to us.
In a genre like hip-hop, which prides itself on traits like braggadocio and being the loudest, moving in silence is very rare. Unfortunately, the same loud traits that make somebody a successful rapper often come back to bite them. Whether it’s their loud mouth getting them into trouble or people around them exposing their secrets to the public, the most iconoclastic podcast on earth dives deep in the old adage that loose lips sink ships!
For better or worse, the night club has become the epicenter of modern hip-hop; a place that you hear referenced in the majority of hip-hop songs. And although most mainstream rappers would have you believe the club is the most amazing place on earth, the stories we’ve seen in the news this week let’s us know that somebody isn’t telling the whole story. This week, the most infamous podcast on planet earth talks about the club. We’ve all been there. Let’s dive deep.
After missing last week due to Blueprint being at the Soundset festival, the most infamous podcast on planet earth returns. This week we chop it up with co-host Illogic about his upcoming album “A Man Who Thinks With His Own Mind” and chop it up about originality in hip-hop and how its importance has changed over the years. Back on the block!
In this week’s episode of Super Duty Tough Work, the most infamous podcast on planet earth tackles a topic that’s rarely discussed by the hip-hop media–responsibility. Is it just entertainment, or are entertainers responsible for their words and actions? And is it ok for us to hold entertainers to a higher level of accountability? There are no easy answers here but, as always, we dive deep and make sense of it all.
Three or four years ago, I used to hand write all the addresses when we did mail orders. Back then, it seemed crazy to think that one day in the future I wouldn’t be able to do that anymore. I was happy that anybody cared enough about my music to support it, so taking the time to write out everybody’s name and address was refreshing. It helped me make sense of who my fans were and what cities they lived in. Continue reading →
As Blueprint prepares to release his upcoming Vigilante Genesis on May 27th, we thought it might be a good idea to change things up and have him break down exactly what goes into promoting and releasing music independently in 2016. Things have changed dramatically over the last 10 years and this interview and conversation should hopefully act as a big help to fans seeking to understand the industry and artists seeking to release their own music independently. Illogic interviews Blueprint in this one and lots of jewels are dropped.
Last year, my fifth year sober, I didn’t get to write my yearly sobriety post on my sober date, May 15th. Oddly enough, it wasn’t deliberate at all–it was because I was extremely busy at the time. My latest album, King No Crown, had just been released and I was getting ready to head out on the road for a ten-week tour across the United States with Supastition and DJ Rare Groove. I remember telling myself to sit down and write it the week before, but it ended up being impossible to get enough time (and enough quiet) to sit down and write it. Continue reading →