the downside of giving up on yourself

Several years ago I used to live in Cincinnati, OH. At the time I was working as a computer programmer and was just starting to get my feet wet in the local hip-hop scene.  There were some one-of-a-kind characters in the hip-hop scene then, and while most of them never made it out of the Cincinnati hip-hop scene, they contributed in a big way to what made the scene special at that time.  There was a weekly hip-hop night at Topcats that was the spot that pretty much the entire scene congregated to back then, and battling was how you earned your stripes and respect, so I was there pretty much every Wednesday night.  I didn’t battle as often as other cats but I definitely did my part to hold it down.

Well, one of the cats that was the most popular was a cat named Unseen.  Unseen was from Dayton but moved to Cincy right around the time i moved there and was a part of the crew that hosted the night, the Animal Crackers.  He would host the battles and battle pretty frequently, especially when new heads would come there from out of town and think they could run thru everybody; it was customary for one of the regulars to show them what time it was.  At any rate, Unseen was a great host and a pretty dope rapper that pretty much everybody loved.  He was a sweetheart that as far as I could tell was probably incapable of having enemies.

Unfortunately, Unseen was a troubled kid.  His problems with drugs and depression were well known among those that knew him, but he always seemed to manage it and keep his head up.  There would be periods where you saw him all the time for several months, and then he would kind of disappear for a couple months.  But he was such an honest and good-hearted dude that you would always be happy to see him again.

Well, in 2006 while I was on the road I got word that in Unseen had died.  Continue reading

Download the Blueprint Who EP NOW!

My latest project, titled Blueprint Who is now available. It is an EP that’s about 25 minutes in length, and it will only be sold on tour and here at printmatic.net. It will not be available on i-tunes or anything like that due to me not wanted to be sued out of house and home for sampling what I want to sample. Plus, i-tunes takes out too high of a percentage anyways, but that’s another story altogether.

There are THREE versions available. Pick your poison:

#1. CD VERSION

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The Deluxe Digital Version of Blueprint Who will come with 1) all instrumentals, 2) a PDF file of the artwork, and 3) the music video for the song “Dream Big”. This version is also $4.99. To order the delux digital version just select the “BUY NOW” button from the below audio player:

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The Free Digital Version of Blueprint Who will not include any of the extra stuff above, and the price is determined by what you decide to pay for it. You can pay $0, $1, $2.75, $5, $10, etc. It’s up to you. There will be a price field that defaults to zero, and whatever price you enter will be the price paid for it. The file is still encoded at 320 kbps and the download process is exactly the same. To order this version just click the “Download” button on the audio player below:

Here’s the pics of the Blueprint Who artwork:

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