Hip-hoppers worldwide were saddened to hear the news that rapper Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest passed away today at just 45 years old. Instead of being sad, we decided to dedicate this episode to speaking in depth about what exactly made Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest so special and revered in hip-hop. From our favorite Phife verses, to ranking their albums, to their technical innovations–Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive deep on this one.
As this election year gets into full swing, more and more rappers seem to be endorsing politicians than ever before. In this episode, the most infamous podcast goes into detail about the various types of endorsements and what it means for hip-hop. Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive deep on this one.
In this episode, we dive deep into the multiple stories that have been in the news this week regarding TIDAL, the streaming music service owned by Jay-Z. Don’t let the mess of unrelated news stories fool you–there’s something deliberate going on and we offer our unique and entertaining theory as to what exactly that is.
In this episode, we discuss the latest epidemic in hip-hop–rappers going broke! From lawsuits, to spending a million dollars on Uber, to selling wack products to the hip-hop fanbase, we go deep into the behavior that led them there. The result is an in-depth (but funny) conversation that nobody in hip-hop is having right now. As usual, no punches are pulled and nobody is safe!
Just as we did last week, we decided to change the format this weeks episode of Super Duty Tough Work. Instead of talking about what almost every hip-hop news outlet is talking about–Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo–we decided to take a step back and speak about Kanye West’s impact in a different way. Specifically, his ten best and worst contributions to hip-hop. The results are a bit unexpected, but entertaining and informative as usual.
After realizing how drastically the music industry has transformed over the last ten years, Blueprint and co-host Illogic decide to change up the format and create a top ten list of these fascinating changes (many of which have gone almost unnoticed). The result is an informative and entertaining look at not only the past but the future of this thing called hip-hop.
My only errand that day was to pick up a pair of cheap sweatpants that I could rock during my workouts. I was sure I could find a pair for the cheap at the thrift store near my credit union. It would be a simple mission: grab the sweats and get out quick.
Once again, Blueprint is joined by special guest co-host Illogic on the most infamous podcast in podcasting history, Super Duty Tough Work. This week we discuss how to get your hip-hop feng shui right, what rappers should NOT wear to court, the fastest way to let your daughters down, streaming’s impact on soundscan, weave attacks, and much more. Support the movement!
To all of my Friends and Fans in Seattle, WA:I will be making my return there on Thursday April 7th at the Nectar Lounge. The show is the album release party for my friend Onry Ozzborn’s new album “Duo.” Hope you all can make it out. Ticket link below.
This week the most infamous podcast in hip-hop, Super Duty Tough Work, addresses the recent rash of odd hip-hop beefs, how beef has changed historically, and the new role of corporations in all of it. Illogic is the special guest co-host.
I have a couple of pieces of paper that hang on the basement wall where I do my morning workout. On these pieces of paper I track information about my workouts. The information goes back to the end of 2013 when I first decided to try to keep track of it and has the date of the workout and the number of reps I did on the bench press. Continue reading →
The most infamous hip-hop podcast on planet earth is back again with this week’s episode of Super Duty Tough Work. My brother Illogic is the guest co-host again and brings the crazy topics. In this episode we discuss fake drug addicts, retiring vs quitting, blowfly stories, what happened to my car, and more. I also added a new segment at the end where I answer questions for independent artists that were submitted to me via twitter.
One of the most common questions I get asked is what influenced my production style. It’s a great question, but one that is somewhat hard to answer because I have so many different influences. There are many more than I can list in a post like this, but I will explain five of the songs that influenced me the most as a hip-hop producer. Continue reading →
After a brief hiatus, the most infamous podcast on planet earth, Super Duty Tough Work is back on the scene! This week Blueprint is joined by special guest co-host and indie rap phenom, Illogic. As always, the co-host brings the topics and this week Illogic brought topics that ranged from Computers taking over rap, Rappers Getting Sued over Kickstarter, hip-hop being blamed when rappers get shot, and much more. The results, as usual, are insightful and hilarious.
There’s a saying that goes, “choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” that I’ve always loved. The saying really sums up what it feels like for those lucky enough to have careers that they love as opposed to the all too common situation of having a job that they hate. Continue reading →
Hello friends and family. As many of you know, we suffered an automobile accident while on tour this summer that totaled my van. Thanks to the contributions of many of you, we were able to get another one! I’ve been quite about the process because the last 3 weeks of being home from the road has involved a lot of driving around the city, state, and neighboring states looking at 15-passenger vans. I know it sounds like a drag, but I met a lot of cool people out there that I otherwise wouldn’t have met (I describe a lot of these adventures on the most recent episode of me and DJ Rare Groove’s Super Duty Tough Work Podcast). Continue reading →
I woke up this morning with mixed feelings. I was energized by the fact that my fans wanted to see us finish the tour and chipped in to help buy a replacement van, but a little bit discouraged because I hadn’t been able to actually find an alternative van to buy here in Moline. There was literally almost no 15-passenger vans available in this city, and those that were available were cargo vans or at least 100 miles out. Even more discouraging was the fact that I hadn’t been able to even find one to rent. Renting wasn’t my ideal solution, but I was ready to do it if I couldn’t find anything solid to buy. Continue reading →
We woke up at 5:30 am on the day following the accident, to make our way back to Clarence, Iowa where my van had been taken to try to get our things. Clarence is a really small town about ten miles from the scene of the accident, but about 50 miles from where we were staying in Moline IL. Our goal was to get there by 7:30am when they said they would be getting in. Continue reading →