Its been a while since I’ve done one of these posts. Not that I haven’t been picking up any new albums the past several months, I think it’s more that I haven’t had much time to sit down and write about them. But now that I’m getting back on top of my writing again, let’s do this!
5. Atoms For Peace “AMOK”
For those that don’t know, Atoms For Peace is actually a side project of Radiohead members Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, Redhot Chilli Peppers basssist Flea, and a couple other cats from established bands. I’m a big Radiohead fan so picking this album up was pretty much inevitable. Continue reading →
One of the early benefits of attempting to change my home production setup into a more mobile one is that it has made me question all parts of my creative process. I’ve realized that there are certain points in my process where the momentum I have in creating art comes to a standstill. In most instances, this is caused by a technical flaw in my workflow. A example of something like this would be not having enough midi inputs or cables to connect a drum machine that I really like. The fact that the drum machine isn’t connected all the time makes connecting it an inconvenience, and therefore reduces the likelihood I’ll use it. Continue reading →
There was a time, back when I was living in a small one bedroom apartment, that all I dreamt about was having more space (and time) to do music. Back then all I had was my MPC-2000, an 8-track recorder, a pair of studio monitors, and my record collection. It wasn’t much but I did a lot with it. The fact that I had to keep all that stuff in my bedroom meant that there was a limit to the gear and space I could dedicate to my musical endeavors. I had a decent vinyl collection in my living room, but it wasn’t anything too crazy because the space I was living in didn’t allow it.
With success came the ability to move into a larger space, which is the house I live in now. I realized that I finally had the room to expand my studio space into what I had always dreamed about, so I did. About three-quarters of my basement is dedicated to music in some way. One room in my basement (“the record room”) is dedicated entirely to records and is about 15-feet by 12-feet in size — larger than the entire bedroom I once did ALL of my music in and slept in. The second room, that I now do all my music in, is at least twice that size. The only room in my basement that isn’t dedicated to music in some way is my laundry room. Continue reading →
Today, Wednesday July 31st, we will be releasing the third music video from our new Greenhouse album Bend But Don’t Break for a song titled “Willing to Bleed.” The music video is directed by Blueprint and set to debut on Hiphopdx.com at 8:30am! We would like everybody to support this video by going to going to their website when it’s posted and rating the video and song. You can also help by sharing the video and song once it’s posted on our social networks (youtube, facebook, twitter, etc.).
When I say it’s been a long time coming, I really mean it when it comes to the new Greenhouse album, Bend But Don’t Break. It is an album that, up until a few months ago, I wasn’t 100% sure would ever be released.
Illogic and I started working on Bend But Don’t Break in 2008, shortly after finding out that my former business partner Jermain (or “Fess” from Greenhouse) had stolen money from the label and disappeared. In the two years prior, Columbus had seen the passing of Camu Tao, DJ PRZM, and Daymon Dodson; immensely popular people who really helped shape and influence our hip-hop scene. I was depressed and at the peak of my drinking, unsure of what my role was in a Columbus hip-hop scene that had lost so many shining stars. To say the least, it was a really dark time. Continue reading →
Ok fans and friends, today is the day. Bend But Don’t Break, the new album by Blueprint & Illogic is officially here. Due to an error with our digital distribution company (who bought out the smaller, more efficient company we were using), the album is not on iTunes yet. However, this is not all bad. It actually just means that you can (and should) buy digital version of the album directly from us. Truth be told, independent artists make a lot more when you buy directly from them anyway, so support your people.
Here are are your options for picking up the album:
PHYSICAL VERSIONS (orders are shipping right now)
Signed CD + Sticker = $10 Add to Cart
Signed CD + Sticker + Signed 11×17 Poster + Instrumental CD =$20 Add to Cart
Signed CD + Sticker + Signed 11×17 Poster + Inst. CD + Greenhouse T-Shirt = $35 Add to Cart
The Greenhouse “back catalog” deal. For those interested in the albums that started the Greenhouse and Weightless movement, you can get the “Columbus or Bust” CD (2005), the “Life Sentences” CD (2001), and the “Up to Speed” CD (1999) for just $12 Add to Cart
Greenhouse “Electric Purgatory EPs 1& 2″ (2010,2011) special edition double-CD $10 Add to Cart
Although I’ve been pretty active with the camera in the last couple of years, it’s been a while since I entered the music video realm. Well, I’m officially back.
The first music video I shot was for “10 Stone” for my good friend and fellow artist, Latimore Platz back in the winter of 2010. The fact that I volunteered for the job didn’t stop me from being any less nervous about it. Continue reading →
Blueprint & Illogic will be hitting the road for their first national headlining tour as Greenhouse, in support of their upcoming album Bend But Dont Break. The tour dates will run from July 12th through August 31st. Please note: the below list is just the shows that are confirmed so far–it is not a complete list. More dates will be announced over the coming weeks.
Last week we announced that the new Greenhouse album Bend But Don’t Break will be released on Tuesday July 9th on Weightless Recordings. Since that announcement, many fans have been wondering when they would get to hear something from the record. Well, today is the day. We proudly present the first single “Bend But Don’t Break,” which is the title track of the album. As always, if you dig it please share it on your social networks.
For those living in Columbus or the surrounding areas, the official album release party for the upcoming Greenhouse(Blueprint & Illogic) album Bend But Don’t Break will be held on Friday July 12th at Carabar in Columbus, OH. Details below:
Date: Friday July 12th, 2013 City: Columbus, OH Venue: Carabar Address: 115 Parsons Avenue Ages: All Ages Doors: 9pm Cost: FREE Also performing: Bru Lei, E.C. Vol Facebook Event Page: Click here to join the Facebook event now!
Its been almost two years since Greenhouse released their last project, Electric Purgatory Part Two. Well, the crew is back together and their new album, Bend But Don’t Break, will be released on Tuesday, July 9th. Mark your calendars. Pre-orders for the album will be shortly!
Today is my three year sober date. To be completely honest, the idea that I would be able to go three years without drinking wasn’t something that I believed was possible when I first decided to quit. So I’m equal parts proud and surprised today. Continue reading →
A couple of weeks ago on twitter, I made the statement that it’s easier for a performing artist to remember their bad shows than their good shows. I wasn’t suggesting that good shows are meaningless or unappreciated, my point was that we remember the bad shows more often because they provide a larger opportunity for learning and growth. In most instances, it’s hard to justify a reevaluation of your strategies when you’re being successful. But as soon as you fail, you start to question everything. In my opinion, the best performers aren’t the best because they have a talent others lack, they’re the best because they’ve all had bad experiences that made them take their level of preparation and performance up a notch.
While it is true that I have a great number of fans who know me primarily as a vocalist, I’ve also realized that there are also many fans that don’t really know how serious I am on the beats. In addition to producing both of my solo albums, 1988 and Adventures in Counter-Culture, I’ve also produced three albums for my homie Illogic, as well as albums for my fellow Columbus artists Envelope and Zero Star. So, I’ve decided to run a special sale to bring people up to speed with some of my production where you can get my Chamber Music, Sign Language, and the Weightless Radio CDs for just $10. Plus, you get 11×17 posters for the Chamber Music & Sign Language albums.
I’m very happy to announce that even though I’m only hosting the Soundset Festival and not performing, I will be playing a headlining show in Minneapolis the night before the festival. The show will be Saturday May 25th @ The Triple Rock and I will be joined by Illogic, Mally, and DJ Rare Groove. Doors open at 8pm, the cover is $10, and you must be 18 to get in.
Buy your presale tickets here HERE. You should probably get your tickets early for this one. And here’s the facebook EVENT PAGE.
I first got familiar with Maw several years ago when he popped up on the Weightless Recordings forums. He quickly became a regular poster and welcome contributor. Although his conduct was very mature, we soon found out that he was only a teenager at the time, which made him the youngest regular on our forum. Even more interestingly, we found out that he was from Finland and english was his second language. You never would have guessed it by the way he interacted with everybody.
Over time, Maw started getting into hip-hop production and posting his beats in our “show & tell” forum. His beats were decent at the beginning – especially for a young kid who didn’t even seem to have any equipment – but he seemed to get exponentially better every time he posted something. Eventually he was damn good. From there, I always kept my eye on him, and every year he gets better and better. It’s reached the point where I check out anything he releases and try to spread word about him as much as possible. Continue reading →
Although I do have many fans that have been with me since I first started releasing music in the early 2000s, I’ve noticed that a large part of my fanbase is divided into two groups: those who know me primarily from my 1988 and Adventures in Counter-Culture albums, and those know me primarily from my Soul Position work with producer RJD2. The last Soul Position album was released in 2006 and although RJ and I have worked together since then (most notably the track “the good life” that was released two weeks ago), we have yet to release a full-length album. RJ and I remain good friends and are definitely trying to align our schedules to work on some new material, but I can’t make any promises how or when that will manifest itself. But rest assured, we’re both working towards making it happen. Continue reading →
I think I’m going to start posting beats every week. Mostly stuff with familiar samples, since it’s easier for people to really follow how it was flipped. This week is a beat I made using “Roxanne” by The Police. Enjoy.
Rhymesayers logo hanging at the House of Blues in Atlantic City
I played a show in Atlantic City, NJ for the first time last week and found it to be a really interesting place. Prior to that, I had only heard about it and knew absolutely nothing.
Usually, when you get done driving seven or eight hours and arrive in a new city, the first thing you wanna do is roll down your windows and take in some air. Unfortunately, the air smelled really weird, and by weird I mean not good. I knew that we were near the ocean and expected it to smell like the ocean but, instead, it smelled more like a giant swamp.