Why Moving to a Bigger City Rarely Works

If you grew up in anywhere that’s not a major city and have been active in your art scene for while, you will inevitably reach a point where you are thinking about relocating to a bigger city to “make it.” We have seen dozens of artists fail at this and a handful succeed. In this episode, we break down why moving to a new city is rarely successful for artists. Lets go!

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What Drives You?

No matter what your passion is, there will be times when you question whether the time you put into it is worth it. During those moments of doubt, it’s best to revisit exactly what it is that drives your passion. In this episode, we break down the importance of having a “why” and how to figure out what yours is if you haven’t already. Let’s go!

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What We’ve Learned From The Podcast

We’ve come a long way on this podcast in the last two years. So far that sometimes we don’t take a second back and reflect on what we’ve learned. Well, thankfully friend of the podcast and former guest, Hubert Sawyers, asked us to speak about what doing this podcast has changed our perspective on the music industry and what the long-term plan is for the podcast. We let a lot of cats out the bag in this episode. Dive in!

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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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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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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

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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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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Banning Hip-Hop

One of the most controversial stories involving hip-hop on a global level was the country of China banning hip-hop culture from television and all mainstream outlets. What may seem unthinkable in a country like America has actually happened. Was it the right thing to do? In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic choose opposites sides and debate China’s hip-hop ban.

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Avoiding People Who Aren’t Serious

If there’s one thing you’ll definitely come across on your path to elevate yourself in your career or passion, it’s people who talk a good game, but aren’t really serious about putting in work. At the beginning stages of your career, these people will easily fool you and cause you to waste valuable time that you can’t get back. In this episode, we talk about the ten ways to tell if somebody you’re dealing with isn’t serious and should be avoided.

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