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    Episode 308: Remaining A Fan As You Get Older

    A recently published study has determined that it’s incredibly difficult for people to learn about new music as they get older, a grim diagnosis for music lovers. In this episode of Super Duty Tough Work, Blueprint and Illogic break down the results of the study and what you can do to ensure you remain as passionate about music in your later years as you were when you were younger.  Hit the link to watch/listen to…

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    Episode 307: The End of Sampling

    An article recently surfaced that spoke about the impact that the emerging Artificial Intelligence tools are having on sampling, revealing how Google’s AI engine has been used to correctly identify sample sources.  And while this may not have an immediate impact on sampling producers, there may be a time when getting away with uncleared sampling becomes much more difficult. In this episode, we break down the article and give suggestions on how to approach sampling…

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    Episode 306: The Genius of De La Soul

    With the recent passing of Dave (aka Trugoy) and the streaming release of De La Soul’s catalog to streaming services, the group’s name has been abuzz for the several weeks. Since music fans are finally able to listen to their catalog again, we thought it would be a great time to discuss what makes De La Soul so great. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic breakdown the traits that made De La Soul a generational…

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    Episode 305: The Best Jobs For Artists

    As more and more artists contemplate becoming full-time artists, they realize that it may difficult to pursue their craft fully and have a real professional career. However, there are many jobs that lend themselves to artists who are trying to make decent money but not have their jobs run their lives. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic discuss ten jobs they think are ideal for people who are trying to pursue their artistic dreams.  Hit…

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    Episode 304: The Health Is Wealth 90-Day Challenge

    After the first health is wealth challenge in 2021, Blueprint and Illogic both got into great shape. Unfortunately, both of them fell off in 2022 and gained most of that weight back. In this episode, they explain why they are fed up with being out of shape and start a brand new 90-Day Health is Wealth Challenge for themselves and invite their listeners to participate as well.  Hit the link to watch/listen to Super Duty…

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    Episode 303: Why Albums Don’t Get Finished

    One of the most rewarding feelings an artist can having is the moment when they finish making an album.  Unfortunately, there are a lot more unfinished albums than finished.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down ten reasons artists have a hard time finishing their albums.   Hit the link to watch/listen to Super Duty Tough Work episode 303: Why Albums Don’t Get Finished out now:

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    Episode 302: The Real Truth About Ambition

    Although we push our listeners to be as ambitious as possible, we understand that there are downsides to always going above and beyond. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down eight real reasons why some people choose to not be ambitious.  Hit the link to listen/watch Super Duty Tough Work episode 302, The Real Truth About Ambition:

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    Episode 301: Writing and Publishing Your First Book with Ron “Buster” Cunningham

    This week on the Super Duty Tough Work podcast, Blueprint sits down with his former Greenhouse Effect partner in rhyme, Ron “Buster” Cunningham, AKA Mr. Inkwel about his new book “Unwrapped Gifts” and what it took to write and publish it. If you’ve ever considered writing a book, this episode is for you.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 300, “Writing and Publishing Your First Book with Ron ‘Buster’ Cunningham”:

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    Episode 299: Inspiration Versus Discipline

    In last week’s episode with special guest Cryptic One, he stated that he didn’t believe in inspiration anymore and instead practiced discipline. And although agree with him, we know there are many artists who still cling to inspiration to power their creative output. In this episode, we break down the issues with inspiration and why being disciplined is the better approach.  Hit the link to watch/listen to Episode 299 of the Super Duty Tough Work…

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    Episode 298: Reinventing Yourself with Cryptic One

    As one of the founding members of the legendary NYC underground hip-hop crew The Atoms Family, MC/Producer Cryptic One has been a part of a lot of classic material. From his guest appearance on Cannibal Ox’s “Cold Vein” to engineering Aesop Rock’s “Labor Days” he was primed to take a big leap as a solo artist.  But a series of bad breaks shut down his label and caused him to disappear for six years.  Cryptic…

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    Episode 297: Why You Need a Website

    After Twitter laid off thousands of employees this week, rumors started to circulate about whether the website would survive or go out of business. As a result, many artists, who spent years creating content and cultivating their followings on the platform started to panic, wondering what to do if twitter was no more. In this episode, Blueprint & Illogic speak about the chaos at twitter and why having your own website is more important than…

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    296: The High Price of Getting Off Topic

    You would have to be living under a rock to have not heard about Kanye West’s controversial comments that led to the termination of several brand deals and have likely cost him tens of millions of dollars. As they say, loose lips sink ships. In this episode, Blueprint nd Illogic break down how this entire situation could have been avoided if Kanye would have followed a principle we speak about frequently, which is to stay…

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    Episode 295: The Truth About Networking

    With the internet making the world more connected than ever, it’s never been easier to access prominent people. However, this access has also given rise to many people abusing that access in the name of networking. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down ten truths about networking that can save you a ton of wasted time and energy.  Hit the link to watch/listen to Super Duty Tough Work episode 295, The Truth About Networking:

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    Episode 294: Why Rappers Don’t Talk About Their Day Jobs

    Despite the rare number of rappers who have been able to turn their passion into a profession, the vast majority of rappers have day jobs. However, it is very rare to hear them actually speak about it. In fact, it seems like they do their best to keep it a secret. Why is that? In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down why the majority of rappers almost refuse to speak about their day jobs. …

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    Episode 293: The 90 Days Of Discipline Results Show

    Three months ago, we started our annual 90 days of discipline challenge, where we choose three goals and try work at them for 90 days straight. This week, Blueprint and Illogic break down their results and play the voice mail messages from listeners who participated in the challenge.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 293 of Super Duty Tough Work, The 90 Days of Discipline Results Show: