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Author: Blueprint

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Created by underground hip-hop artist Blueprint, Super Duty Tough Work is the most infamous podcast on planet earth, focusing on hip-hop culture, personal-development, and humor. The results are comical, educational, and inspiring. No shuckin', no jivin', and no bulls#@t.

225 Episodes
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 do it again. In this episode, we breakdown what our new 90-days of discipline goals are, what the obstacles are, and invite you to join us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
It's been a while since we've done album reviews, so we figured it was time to bring them back. In this episode we get back to it and talk about the new albums from Oddissee, Elzhi, Buckwild, and Conway the Machine. Let's go!!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As two independent hip-hop artists, the topic of investing in yourself frequently comes up on this podcast. And while we have spoken about how important it is, we have never gotten into the specific numbers. In this week's episode, we dive deep into the actual costs associated with producing and releasing an album independently, using Illogic's upcoming album Auto-Pilot as a case-study. If you've ever wondered what was behind the curtain, then this episode's for you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 of his music due to the nature of his contract. As with most things, Kanye was a little over the top in his presentation, but the truth couldn't be ignored: record labels have deals in place that are highly in their favor and should be talked about. In this episode, we have a discussion about fame versus ownership, why Kanye is in the position he is in, and why an artists like the late Nipsey Hussle went the opposite route. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 this episode, we talk about the album and whether Nas finally got it right. Let's go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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, and determine a winner at the end. As fans of both artists, this was one of the more fun episodes we've done in a while. Let's go!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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. Well, the new book is finally done and preordering on In this episode, Illogic interviews Blueprint about the book and gives our listeners a sneak peak into what to expect from Blueprint's latest offering. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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, we break down seven traps that young adults face that have the power of setting their lives and art back if they aren't navigated properly. Let's go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
While last week's episode about friendship killers got a great response from our listeners, it also made us realize that we may have overlooked a very important topic, which is how to make friends. It may seem simple to those who have always had plenty of friends, but one of the consequences of living in this new social media age is that it has made making friends difficult for many. So in this episode, we wanted to break down the basics of making friends for all of those who have struggled with it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 who don't have your best interest in mind. Let's go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 to listen to their beats. In this episode, we break down some of the annoying things that producers do that bug the hell out of us and we wish they would stop. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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 honesty, time has revealed the truth in his words. In this episode we discuss how Dame Dash was right all along. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Listeners of this podcast know that we are both into making beats and digging for records. But what most don't know is how many wack records you have to buy before you really learn how to find good records consistently. As a result, we've got more wack records in our collection than we would ever care to admit. However, there is a silver lining in this, as buying wack records has taught us several crucial lessons along the way. In this episode, we break down the lessons we've learned from buying wack records over the years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
In our last episode, we spoke about things that producers could learn from rappers that would help them in their careers. This week we're doing the follow-up to that topic and speaking about the things that rappers could learn from producers. Although they're completely different, there's a lot that could be learned. Let's go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
As two guys who have been able to participate in hip-hop culture as both rappers and producers, we've been able to see the creative process from two opposite angles. As vocalists, we've been in the spotlight dealing with people. As producers, we've had to play the background and spend countless hours alone. In this episode, we decided to have a conversation about the things that producers can learn from rappers. We'll probably do a follow-up to this about what rappers can learn from producers next week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When people think about hip-hop music's contribution to society, one of the first things they speak about is how it brings people together, enabling them to learn more about each other. And while we have definitely gotten that from hip-hop, we've also gotten a lot more from it. In fact, we've been able to pick up many skills that we otherwise would have never learned that have helped us in every other area of our lives. In this episode, we break down ten skills that our time in hip-hop has taught us! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Although we've spoken about various books over the years that have helped us as artists, we've never done an episode compiling all of our favorites over the years. In this episode, we do exactly that. We break down ten books that have helped us over the years artistically and why we recommend you read them. Interestingly enough, none of these books are actually about making art, but that's what make them so valuable. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
When it comes to our chosen craft, we all know the importance of improving our skill level. However, when it comes to the soft skills that enable us to navigate the world outside of our creative spaces, many of us fall short. Artists in general have to be particularly careful about not developing their soft skills because they have to spend so much time alone practicing their craft. In this episode, we break down ten soft skills (plus two bonuses) that every artist should focus on learning. They are simple, but will take you far in this thing. Let's go! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Over the last month, the internet has been abuzz with conversation about the "Last Dance" documentary, which chronicles Michael Jordan's final championship run with the Chicago Bulls. One of the biggest conversations has been about Jordans relentless will to win and his drive to push everybody around him to their fullest potential. Some have praised it, others have criticized it, but over here we consider it the result of having a winners mentality. In this episode we discuss the traits of someone with a winners mentality and how you can apply it to best the best at your art. Let's go!! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Lekan Oladosu

very insightful. A must listen to you if you want to be free and sane and still get work done.

Apr 20th
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