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.
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!
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!
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 →
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!
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.
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!
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 →
Now that the ten-week Two-Headed Monster tour has come to an end, we have decided to give all of our listeners a recap of what went on in the most interesting way possible–an awards show. In this episode, Blueprint and DJ Detox break down experiences on the tour and give out awards for the best and worst things they saw on the road.
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!
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 →
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 →
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!
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 →
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!
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!
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.
Last week, I announced that I will be releasing a new single every week until the new album drops on 5/22. Today’s song is titled “Hoop Dreamin” and features Has-Lo. Produced by yours truly and the video is directed by me as well.
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.