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    Episode 231: Dating Ambitious People

    One of our most popular episodes in the last two years was one titled “Dating Uncreative People.”  In that episode, we laid out all the challenges that creative people face when dating people who aren’t involved in the creative arts.  This time around Blueprint and Illogic speak about what it’s like to date ambitious people, why it’s so different from dating regular people, and how to make it work!  If you’re a super-ambitious person you…

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    Episode 230: Vangarde Album Liner Notes with Mr Lif

    Although we’ve had legendary underground MC Mr. Lif appear on the show before during our real estate episode, we haven’t had a chance to chop it up with him about music.  That changes this week, when Blueprint and Mr Lif sit down to speak about his brand new collaborative project Vangarde with producer Stu Bangas.  It’s been a long time since we’ve done an interview so get ready because when two artists chop it up…

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    Episode 229: How to Keep The Buzz Going

    For most artists, one of the things we look the most forward to is releasing our creations to the public. As a result, release day is right up there with birthdays and holidays for us. Unfortunately, the excitement of that day doesn’t last forever. Eventually, the buzz that we had around our project starts to fade. And when it does the inevitable question becomes how do we keep the buzz going? In this episode of…

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    Episode 228: The Truth About Price

    One of the most difficult things artists struggle with is setting their price.  Half the time we feel like we are charging too much and half the time we feel like we’re not charging enough.  In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down six guidelines that should help you the next time you’re trying to figure out what to charge for your product or service.  Episode 228 of Super…

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    Episode 227: Full Production or Quick and Dirty?

    While attention to detail is a positive trait for an artist to have, it isn’t without it’s drawbacks. One of the biggest being the constant need to chase perfection in everything we create. Many of us put incredible amounts of time and resources into creating full productions that we hope have a big impact. But other artists aren’t so hung up on perfection, instead choosing to make content quickly that is timely but might not…

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    Episode 226: The 90 Days of Discipline Challenge

    One year ago, we challenged ourselves to lock in on our art and commit more heavily for 30 days. At the end of that challenge, which we invited our listeners to participate in, we reported back with our results and played voice messages from other people who participated in the challenge. It’s been a year since then and we are now releasing the projects that we finished during that first challenge. So we decided to…

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    Episode 223: Fame Versus Ownership

    Because we do speak about ownership quite often on this podcast, it is always refreshing to see the conversation happen on bigger platforms.  This week that happened courtesy of some viral tweets by Kanye West, who took to twitter to voice his dissatisfaction with his recording contract. He posted his contract for all to see, pointing out that even though he is now a billionaire, there is no way for him to ever get ownership…

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    Episode 222 – Did Nas Finally Get It Right

    While we’ve done our fair share of criticizing Nas for his hit-or-miss albums, it always comes from a place of love because we know what he’s capable of making some great music.  With the release of his latest album King’s Disease, Nas has once again got our attention, but this time for the right reasons.  In one album, it appears that Nas has addressed all of our past criticisms and finally gotten it right.  In…

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    Episode 221: Pharoahe Monch Versus O.C. Catalog Battle

    While it’s very common for hip-hop fans to debate about who the best rapper or producer are, it’s very rare for them to restrict those debates to only the artists catalogs. In this episode, we decided to debate which artist has the better catalog–Pharaohe Monch or O.C.? But instead of making it a barbershop debate where there is no score and no winner, we break down the competition into four categories, assign points to each,…

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    Episode 220: The Book Announcement Episode

    If you’ve been listening to this podcast for the past year or so, then you know Blueprint has been finishing up his next book. The book is finally done and preordering HERE.  In this episode, Illogic interviews Blueprint about the new book and gives our listeners a sneak peak into what to expect from Blueprint’s latest offering.  Episode 220 of Super Duty Tough Work is THE BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT EPISODE.  Hit the link to watch or…

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    Episode 219: The Traps of Young Adulthood

    Although we are both grown men who seem to have our stuff together, it wasn’t always that way.  We had a lot of rough patches along the way, most of which occurred during young adulthood, due to some unsound decisions we made.  Looking back now, we have realized that there are tons of traps for young adults that are disguised as rewards.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down seven traps that young adults…

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    Episode 217: Friendship Killers

    As they say, good friends are hard to come by.  Unfortunately, many of us have had no problems making friends, but keeping them is a completely different story.  Sometimes we lose friends due to their actions and other times we lose friends due to our own mistakes.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down the biggest things that kill friendships so you can know where you’re going wrong and protect yourself from so-called friends…

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    Episode 216: How To Fix Artistic Anxiety

    Whether it’s starting a new project or releasing something you just finished, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to art.  This uncertainty about whether its good, whether people will like it, and whether it will be successful can cause a lot of anxiety for artists.  In this episode, we break down how to deal with artistic anxiety, so your work will be more fun and productive.  Episode 216 of Super Duty Tough…

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    Episode 215: Annoying Things Music Producers Do

    As rappers and producers, we have had the fortunate opportunity to collaborate with other artists, sometimes producing for other rappers and sometimes rapping on other producers tracks. During our experiences in working with other producers, we’ve noticed many things that they do that are counter-productive to their end goal, which is to get people to listen to their music. In many ways, they are shooting themselves in the foot before people even get a chance…

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    Episode 214: Dame Dash Was Right

    We recently realized that it’s been five years since Dame Dash’s iconic interview on The Breakfast Club. In this interview he introduced the hip-hop world to several concepts and philosophies that are routinely ignored by large media platforms like entrepreneurship, ownership mentality, sticking together, and hustling for your last name so your children can have it better than you did.  Although he was met with a lot of initial resistance for his approach and blunt…

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    Episode 185: What Nobody Tells You About Leadership

    We live in a society where those who are leaders–whether that be in business, entertainment, or in politics—are put on a pedestal.  In many instances, we think that their position as a leader is without consequences, which causes us to romanticize it.  In other instances, we see those in leadership positions fail publicly and believe it isn’t worth the risk. In this episode, we break down the risks and rewards of being a leader that…

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