• Podcast

    Episode 207: Adopting a Winner’s Mentality

    Over the last month, the internet has been abuzz with conversation about the “Last Dance” documentary, which chronicles Michael Jordan’s final championship run with the Chicago Bulls.  One of the biggest conversations has been about Jordans relentless will to win and his drive to push everybody around him to their fullest potential.  Some have praised it, others have criticized it, but over here we consider it the result of having a winners mentality.  In this episode we discuss the traits of someone with a winners mentality and how you can apply it to best the best at your art.   Episode 207 is ADOPTING A WINNER’S MENTALITY and is out now.

  • Video

    “A Hero Dies Once” Official Music Video

    Since last fall, I’ve been running around with the camera pretty heavy, shooting music videos for other artists.  I’ve shot three music videos for Illogic, one for Supastition, and one for Shrapknel (Curley Castro & Prem Rock).  After I shot all of those I decided to shoot one for myself, just to keep my blade sharp and continue to develop my videography skills.  The song “A Hero Dies Once” has been mentioned by my fans as one of their favorite songs on my Two-Headed Monster album, so I decided to shoot a video for it.  So here it is:

  • Podcast

    Episode 157: The Carnage Cheat Code

    If you’ve paid attention to the Minneapolis hip-hop scene as long as we have, then have probably heard of MC and Beatboxer Carnage the Executioner. A close friend and collaborator with Eyedea, and a part of the extended Rhymesayers crew, Carnage has been tearing up stages for a long time. This week on the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we dive deep into his history, and breakdown the traits that have made Carnage successful. Lets go!

  • Blog

    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…

  • Blog

    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.

  • Blog

    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.

  • Audio

    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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  • Audio

    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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  • Audio

    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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  • Audio

    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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  • Audio

    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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  • Blog

    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.

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