Weeding Out People Who Aren’t Serious

No matter what business you’re in, you will inevitably run into people who aren’t serious about supporting your product or service. These people waste your time, money, and energy. The solution is to develop a methodology for weeding them out, so that you can spend your valuable time with those who are serious. In this episode we breakdown four techniques for weeding out people who aren’t serious. Let’s go!

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Advice to Writers

No matter what medium you may express yourself on, writing is a skill at the core of it all. The better you can write, the more effective you will be in expressing yourself and your vision. In this episode, we share ten big lessons we’ve learned about writing that we wish someone would have told us when we started out. Dive in!

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Celebrating Success

We speak about working more effectively and professionally quite a bit on this podcast, but one aspect of that we haven’t covered is what to do after you achieve your goals. While most driven people are no strangers to hard work, they are often strangers to taking the proper time to celebrate their successes. In this episode, we break down what prevents us from celebrating our successes and how to do it properly. Let’s go!

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No More Bands in Hip-Hop

Even though Hip-hop is one of the most popular genres of music across the globe, it may be one of the least respected in terms of it’s live performances. There are rappers who put on great shows and others who barely even try. This has led many to wonder why there isn’t more live instrumentation at hip-hop shows. In this episode, we break down six reasons you don’t see more live bands at hip-hop shows.

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Thirty Aint The New Twenty

When you’re young, there tends to be a belief that you have all the time in the world to do what needs to be done to build a great life for yourself, but as you get older you start to realize that maybe that isn’t the case. Even worse you have people popularizing phrases like “30 is the new twenty.” In this episode, we break down some words from entrepreneur Jack Ma and speak about why certain things need to be done at certain times if you really want to win in life. Let’s go!

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Dealing With Rude People

Like it or not, at some point in your life you will have to deal with rude people. Whether they are a stranger or somebody that you know, there are times when they can seem like they’re everywhere, constantly trying your patience. In this episode, we break down ten tips for dealing with rude and inconsiderate people so you don’t end up smacking the crap out of somebody. Shout out to DJ Criminal for the topic! Lets go!

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I’m Not Taking a Break This Time Around

Throughout my career, I’ve had a pattern of putting out an album, touring that album, and then returning home to relax and recharge before even thinking about making more music. During my time at home, I would get into different activities (usually unrelated to music) to fill the time until I was ready to dive back into making music. This process would take me anywhere from two months to a year depending on how worn down I was from touring. Even though this process wasn’t the most efficient, it worked for me because I always came back fully recharged at the end of it all. Continue reading

Why People Don’t Respect You

In light of the passing of the queen of soul Aretha Franklin and some previous conversations, we thought this would be a perfect time to talk about respect. Some people have a lot of it, while other people wish they were more respected. In this episode, we break down the real reasons you hare having problems getting your proper respect and explain how to fix it!

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How Making Beats Has Changed

In the winter of 1996, Blueprint bought his first sampler and began his journey as a hip-op beat-maker. During the last twenty years, things have changed tremendously; some for the better and some for the worse. In this episode, we dive deep into what the landscape looked like 20 years ago and how much it’s changed for the people who are making beats now.

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The Real Estate Episode

Due to previous conversations on this podcast, the topic of real estate has been one of the most requested topics in the history of the show. Well, the wait is over! The long-awaited Real Estate episode is here. In this episode, Blueprint breaks down his entire journey in real estate and the story behind him being able to pay off his home early. In addition, the most infamous podcast features not one but TWO interviews with from underground hip-hop artists on their experience in real estate. The first is legendary Boston MC Mr. Lif and the second is super-producer RJD2. This may be the most in-depth episode we’ve ever done, clocking in at over two-hours, so do not sleep on this one! Let’s go!

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I Paid Off My House

There are a lot of things that can cause stress for a full-time artist like me. For anybody self-employed, things can be up and down from year to year. Some years you can be up and killing shit. Other years you can be sitting at home, trying to make a small amount of money stretch until your next project comes out (which could be years away). It’s a great job in most aspects, but the future is something that anybody self-employed and involved in the arts has to be concerned about, even somebody like me who has been doing this full-time for 16 years. Continue reading

How to Know When Something is Finished

Often times, one of the most difficult things for most creative people to master isn’t creation itself, it’s how to know when something they created is finished. If you’ve ever spent weeks, months, or years debating with yourself about whether or not something we made is ready for the public. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down nine ways to know when something you’re working on is done, so you don’t have to have these projects hanging over your head forever! Let’s go!

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The Lost Art of Artist Development

In the early days of the music industry, artist development was one of the most important activities of a record label, often times allowing an artist to develop their artistry and image behind the scenes for years before finally emerging in the public’s eye. However, the emergence of the internet has almost ended this practice. Instead, artists are now pushed to develop publicly and share everything they do in order to feed the social media beasts. In this episode, Blueprint sits down with friend of the podcast Swamburger of Solillaquists of Sound to speak about his history and present involvement in artist development and why it’s still one of the most important aspects in any industry. Continue reading

My First Headlining Show in New York is Finally Happening

Those who have been following my career for a while have noticed that while I do tour quite a bit, and do really long tours, very rarely do I play New York City. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is just a routing issue and we can’t get the tour routed into the city. Other times it is that we can’t find a venue willing to take a chance on the show. But whatever the reason was, this led to a situation where I have never headlined a show in New York City. In fact, I haven’t even played in NYC since 2011 when Adventures in Counter-Culture was released, which was seven years ago. Continue reading

Throwing Quality Live Events

As artists who have both thrown events and been booked to play on events, we’ve been a part of a wide range of shows. From the most organized shows with amazing performances, to the most unorganized shows with terrible performers–we’ve seen it all. And from those experiences, we’ve identified some bulletproof ways to make sure the event you throw is successful on every level. If you’ve been thinking about throwing a live event, this episode will show you how to make sure it’s quality!

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My Return to Touring Starts Today

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Three years ago, when we got into an auto accident that totaled my van and brought us to within inches of losing our lives, things got a little weird for me. As an artist who loved touring and was known for regularly doing extremely long tours, that near-death experience changed me. On one hand, it made me extremely appreciative to be alive to see another day and cherish my time much more. But on the other hand, the entire experience made me realize that I needed to take a break. Continue reading

Blueprint “Don’t Look Back” Music Video

I just dropped a brand new music video for the song “Don’t Look Back” from Two-Headed Monster.  Directed by Visual House Media. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below:

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The Benefits of Minimalism

During last weeks intro, we briefly spoke about the huge benefits that simplifying your wardrobe can bring to a person’s life. Although that conversation may have appeared to be just about clothing, it was really about the larger topic of minimalism and how it can be applied to our lives. In this episode, we break down the three areas of our lives that we can apply a minimalistic approach and talk about the benefits of each. Let’s go!

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Stop Wasting Time

We all know what it’s like to completely procrastinate on important work until the last minute. And while normal people tend to have specific reasons why they put things off, creative people tend to occupy their time with activities that we tell ourselves are helping us get ready to create, but only waste time. In this episode, we dive into the top time-wasters creative people use as excuses for not getting to work and how to get them out of your way!

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