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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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    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 263: The Mr Dibiase Cheat Code

    The Low End Theory weekly event in Los Angeles shed light into one of the most important and influential movements that hip-hop production has ever seen. Their podcast rose to the top of iTunes and their sold out weekly event sparked a worldwide movement. Los Angeles producer Dibiase’s forward-thinking sampling and unmistakable drum swing made him an integral part of the movement along with names like Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Ras G, and Samiyam. In…

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    Episode 262: How To Become a Better Music Producer

    Making beats is one of the most rewarding musical endeavors, but also one of the most challenging, especially at the beginning stages. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down ten tips for music producers they wished somebody told them when they first started out.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 262 of Super Duty Tough Work, “How to Become a Better Music Producer”:

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    261: The Direct-To-Fan Revolution

    As more and more artists realize that putting all of their eggs in the music streaming basket isn’t as lucrative as they would like it to be due to the low pay out rates, many are searching for alternative ways to survive in the music industry.  One of the ways that is growing more popular every year is one that never actually went anywhere–selling direct to fans.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic discuss the…

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    Episode 260: How Jadakiss Defeated Dipset

    The internet was buzzing last week from the versuz battle between The Lox and Dipset crews. By the time it was all said and done, one thing was clear–the majority of fans felt that Jadakiss of the Lox had stolen the show and along with it Dipset’s thunder. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down the strategies Jadakiss used on stage to impress so many people and help his crew come out victorious.

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    Episode 259: The Creative Genius of Biz Markie

    With the passing of hip-hop Biz Markie, hip-hop fans mourned the loss of a legendary artist and contributor to the artform.  And while many of the tributes about him have focused on his iconic song catalog, Blueprint and Illogic decided to pay tribute to Biz by breaking down his creative genius and explain what made his work so special.  Hit the link to watch or listen to Super Duty Tough Work episode 259 “The Creative…

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    Episode 258: How Work Can Ruin Relationships

    Although we all must work to build a better live for ourselves, there comes a point where our work lives can become harmful to our relationships. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down all the ways we subconsciously ruin healthy relationships with our work-related decisions.  Hit the link to watch or listen to episode 258, How Work Can Ruin Relationships:

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    Episode 257: Being Too Consumed With Your Art

    Although we speak a lot about the importance of working hard and being disciplined, we rarely speak about one of the consequences, which is becoming consumed with your art.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic speak about the fine line between working hard and being too consumed with your art, and how to avoid it.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 257 of Super Duty Tough Work is Being Too Consumed With Your Art:

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    Episode 256: The Health is Wealth Results Show

    Two months ago, in an effort to shed some pandemic pounds, Blueprint and Illogic embarked on a health challenge.  They hoped to take on some new healthy behaviors and get back in shape.   This challenge was also extended to the listeners of the show.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down how they did in their health challenge and play calls from listeners who share their results as well.  Hit the link to watch…

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    Episode 255: Ten Crazy Writing Hacks

    Every writer has things that they do to that help them write better and faster.  Some of those habits are normal, but others would be classified as weird or crazy.  In this episode of Super Duty Tough Work, Blueprint and Illogic break down their ten craziest writing hacks and explain how each one has helped them become a better writer.  Hit the link to watch/listen to episode 255 Ten Crazy Writing Hacks: Super Duty Tough…

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    Episode 254: Inspirational Quotes About Writing

    Having the desire to write is one thing, but having the inspiration to write is completely different.  So in this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down 25 amazing quotes about writing from some of the most famous writers of all time.  If you’re looking for inspiration to create, look no further than this episode.  Hit the link to watch or listen to episode 254 of Super Duty Tough Work, The Most Inspirational Quotes About Writing:

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    Episode 252: How to Become a Better Writer

    As artists, we are firm believers in the power of writing.  Across all mediums, the ability to express ourselves is key to executing our ideas effectively.  Yet, very few academic curriculums express what it really takes to get better at writing.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down nine things that your english teacher never told you that you needed to do to become a better writer.  Hit the link to watch or listen…

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    Episode 251: Fear of the Unknown

    One of the most important attributes of successful people is their ability to adapt and consistently learn new things.  Unfortunately, most adults fall into the trap of believing that learning ends when their time in school ends.  In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down seven reasons why people are so scared of learning new things and why you can’t let these things hold you back.  Hit the link to watch episode 251 Fear of…

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