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    Episode 277: Why Nas and Hit-Boy Succeeded

    As lifetime fans (and sometimes critics) of Nas, we were both excited when he dropped his brand new album “Magic” on Christmas Eve. The project was his third consecutive with producer Hit-Boy and forced us to admit that the Nas and Hit-Boy pairing has been a huge success. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic use interview clips from Nas and Hit-Boy to break down exactly why their collaboration has been so successful thus far.  Hit…

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    Episode 276: Why Rappers Hate Jobs

    While most rappers would love to be able to live exclusively off their art, the vast majority will not have the financial success to make it work.  Yet many have no desire to get a “regular” job.  In this episode, we break down why so many rappers are reluctant to take on a job that would help stabilize their lives.  Hit the link to watch or listen to episode 276 WHY RAPPERS HATE JOBS:

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    25% OFF – End of Year SALE

    We’re having a big end of year sale on the weightless.net online store.  Between now and January 1st, 2022 everything on our website is 25% off.  From apparel, to books, to music and vinyl–you can get it all for 25%.  All you have to do is use the coupon code “endofyear” in your cart when you check out and the discount will be applied to your order. Happy New Year and thanks for your continued…

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    Episode 273: The Spotify Wrap-Up Dilemma

    For the last few years, Spotify has published their year-end wrap up, where fans see which artists they’ve listened to the most and artists see how many fans are listening to them.  And while this is cause for celebration for one set of artists, it has created anxiety and anger in others.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down why artists are so mad about Spotify’s year end wrap up lists and how to…

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    Episode 272: Making a Career Pivot

    One of the biggest casualties of the pandemic has been the music industry. Between venues closing, tours being cancelled, and vinyl manufacturing times being delayed, every artist has felt the effects. In this episode, Blueprint breaks down what he saw that made him decide to get his CDL and shares some funny stories and lessons about the process.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 272 of the Super Duty Tough Work podcast, Making a…

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    Huge Black Friday Sale This Weekend

    We’re having a huge Black Friday Sale this weekend on weightless.net.  From now until Sunday at midnight, all CDs are 50% off, all Apparel is 40% off, all Vinyl is 25% off, and all Books are 25% off!  If you’ve had your eyes on something on the store this year, now is the perfect time to snatch it up at a massive discount. Head on over to our store page to take advantage of this…

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    Episode 271: Why Do Rappers Keep Getting Shot?

    When Memphis rapper Young Dolf was killed this week, it reminded us of the huge violence problem that exists in certain segments of hip-hop.  In short, too many rappers are losing their lives too soon.  This week, Blueprint and Illogic break down ten reasons why this is happening and their ideas on how to fix it.  Hit the link to listen/watch episode 271 of Super Duty Tough Work, “Why Do Rappers Keep Getting Shot?”:

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    Episode 270: Should Hip-Hop Artists Unionize?

    Every month or two a story circulates that reveals a bad deal that a hip-hop artist signed in hopes of getting an opportunity in the industry. As bad as these deals are, most people have no idea how to prevent these types of things from happening. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic discuss the idea of what a hip-hop union would look like and what the benefits would be if it came to fruition.  Hit…

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    Episode 269: Before You Go All-In

    This week, the Wall Street Journal shared an article about the struggle that the vast majority of content creators have in making money.  While sobering, the article offers many great lessons to any creative.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down six things you must understand before you go all in to pursue your craft. Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 268 BEFORE YOU GO ALL-IN:

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    Episode 268: Album Reviews Four

    It’s been almost a year since we’ve done an album reviews episode, so we decided to bring it back. This week Blueprint and Illogic review new albums from Kanye West, Curly Castro, Common, Nas, and Cesar Comanche & Poe Mack.  Hit the link to listen/watch Episode 268: Album Reviews Four:

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    30% Off Sale on Vinyl This Weekend

    To celebrate the release of Blueprint’s new “Watch it Burn” 7-inch single, we’ve decided to have a big vinyl sale.  This weekend, all vinyl is 30% OFF.  From old to new, take advantage of this sale before it ends on Sunday at midnight!  No need for any coupon, the original prices crossed out and the updated Shop at https://bit.ly/3zFzK3F

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    Episode 267: Should You Mix and Master Your Own Music?

    One of the biggest things technology has done to the music industry is making software for recording, mixing, and mastering more affordable and accessible.  Once upon a time, the only people mixing and mastering were trained engineers, but now everyone can dabble in it.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic speak about the pros and cons of mixing and mastering your own music and whether it’s a good idea to take on.

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    266: The Artist Advice Hour Episode Two

    Last week, we did our second installment of our youtube live stream show, The Artist Advice Hour, where we invite our listeners to ask Blueprint questions via email, youtube, or call in. Since we didn’t record a new episode of the show this week, we decided to upload the audio from this so our listeners would have something to listen to this week. Enjoy!

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    Episode 265: Pursuing Art With a Full-Time Job

    One of the most sensitive topics for artists is working a full-time job. On one hand we all agree they are necessary to make money, but on the other hand they sap the time and energy you could be putting into your art. In this episode, we break down ten things that an artist must understand to maximize their time working a full time job if they ever want to make the transition to becoming…

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