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: Continue reading →
How old is too old to be involved in hip-hop? If you let the hip-hop press tell it, anything over 25 years old is probably considered over the hill. But considering the big year that old school artists like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul have had in the last year, it’s clear that older artists have a spot in hip-hop. In this episode of the most infamous podcast, we dig deep into ageism and why hip-hop needs the adult rappers and the older generation.
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.
With spring in the air and people doing more traveling than ever, the most infamous podcast on planet earth decided to put together a list of 10 Tips that we’ve learned the hard way in our 15 years of touring and traveling the globe. These Ten Tips will hopefully prevent you from losing your mind, money, and relationships while traveling–which is often the case when you leave your home for long periods of time like we do. This episode is for anybody who travels or is thinking about traveling–not just touring artists. Buckle up.
Hip-hoppers worldwide were saddened to hear the news that rapper Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest passed away today at just 45 years old. Instead of being sad, we decided to dedicate this episode to speaking in depth about what exactly made Phife Dawg and A Tribe Called Quest so special and revered in hip-hop. From our favorite Phife verses, to ranking their albums, to their technical innovations–Blueprint and co-host Illogic dive deep on this one.
Just as we did last week, we decided to change the format this weeks episode of Super Duty Tough Work. Instead of talking about what almost every hip-hop news outlet is talking about–Kanye West’s new album The Life of Pablo–we decided to take a step back and speak about Kanye West’s impact in a different way. Specifically, his ten best and worst contributions to hip-hop. The results are a bit unexpected, but entertaining and informative as usual.
Once again, Blueprint is joined by special guest co-host Illogic on the most infamous podcast in podcasting history, Super Duty Tough Work. This week we discuss how to get your hip-hop feng shui right, what rappers should NOT wear to court, the fastest way to let your daughters down, streaming’s impact on soundscan, weave attacks, and much more. Support the movement!
This week the most infamous podcast in hip-hop, Super Duty Tough Work, addresses the recent rash of odd hip-hop beefs, how beef has changed historically, and the new role of corporations in all of it. Illogic is the special guest co-host.
After many demos and some experimentation, I am proud to announce the debut of me and DJ Rare Groove’s brand new podcast, Super Duty Tough Work, where we speak about current events in hip-hop but with a grown man perspective. Check out this episode: Continue reading →
Some thoughts on the economics of hip-hop that I shared on my twitter. Wanted to repost them here for those that missed out or don’t follow me on twitter. Follow me there now if you don’t already. Continue reading →
This is a fresh short documentary I stumbled upon about the Ensoniq ASR-10 workstation. The machine has a lot of hip-hop history in hip-hop, so if you’re a student of production you should definitely check it out.
There was a time, back when I was living in a small one bedroom apartment, that all I dreamt about was having more space (and time) to do music. Back then all I had was my MPC-2000, an 8-track recorder, a pair of studio monitors, and my record collection. It wasn’t much but I did a lot with it. The fact that I had to keep all that stuff in my bedroom meant that there was a limit to the gear and space I could dedicate to my musical endeavors. I had a decent vinyl collection in my living room, but it wasn’t anything too crazy because the space I was living in didn’t allow it.
With success came the ability to move into a larger space, which is the house I live in now. I realized that I finally had the room to expand my studio space into what I had always dreamed about, so I did. About three-quarters of my basement is dedicated to music in some way. One room in my basement (“the record room”) is dedicated entirely to records and is about 15-feet by 12-feet in size — larger than the entire bedroom I once did ALL of my music in and slept in. The second room, that I now do all my music in, is at least twice that size. The only room in my basement that isn’t dedicated to music in some way is my laundry room. Continue reading →