King No Crown Movie Update: Who Wants A Screening in Their City?

Its been a couple of weeks since I wrote any updates on the King No Crown movie that I’ve been working on. This wasn’t because things haven’t been happening or because I haven’t been working on the film–I certainly have–I just wanted to get a few things ironed out before I gave another update.

In my last update, I was deep in the not-so-fun post-production process. Although I’m not 100% finished with with post-production, I am very close. I’m at least close enough to where I feel comfortable moving forward with the next step, which is… Continue reading

King No Crown Movie Update: Time to Make a Trailer

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This has been an exciting week as far as progress for my King No Crown movie goes.

After a two-week setback that was caused by converting my entire film over to a newer version of Final Cut Pro, I finally finished redoing the color and most of the sound. This allowed me to get the film back where it was before I decided to convert it. Even better, because I now have more powerful features than I did before, things are actually looking and sounding better than they did before. Initially, I wasn’t happy about sacrificing two to three weeks redoing work I had already done but, now that it’s finished, I’m convinced it was worth it. It looks and sounds better than it did before all this, which is all that I could ask.

This week, I started working on a trailer for the film. Continue reading

My First Lecture: How to Find the Opportunity in Adversity

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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

Super Duty Tough Work – EP 32: How to Avoid Social Media Burnout

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 31: Ten Ways to Promote Your Music Without Shooting Yourself in the Face

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 28: The Dark Side of the Club

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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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Episode 25: Thinking With Your Own Mind

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!

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 24: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

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.

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What Progress Looks Like

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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

Six Years Sober

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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

Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – EP 20: A Tribute to the Art of Hip-Hop Storytelling

Yesterday Blueprint announced that his latest release, the Vigilante Genesis EP, will be released on May 27th and is produced entirely by Aesop Rock. One of the details Blueprint has dropped about the record is that it is a heavily conceptual, story album. So we decided to spend this episode speaking about storytelling. First, Illogic interviews Blueprint about Vigilante Genesis and then we lay down our thoughts on the Top Five Storytellers in hip-hop. If you want to support the Vigilante Genesis project, preorder bit.ly/VGpreorder

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My New Project “Vigilante Genesis” is Produced by Aesop Rock and Out May 27th

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Good morning to all my friends and fans. I’m excited to announce that my next project, titled Vigilante Genesis, will be released on May 27th. The EP is produced entirely by my friend and frequent partner in crime, Aesop Rock. This project has been a long time coming and we’re both super excited for y’all to hear what we cooked up. Continue reading

Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 15: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly Side of Rappers Endorsing Politicians

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 14: Watch Out For The Tidal Wave

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 12: The Ten Best and Worst Contributions of Kanye West

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 11: Top Ten Music Industry Changes of Last Ten Years

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.

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Super Duty Tough Work Podcast – Episode 10: Weave Attack

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Super Duty Tough Work – Episode 09

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.

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