Producer / Rapper BLUEPRINT = Unsung Talent

I am going to get straight to it. Blueprint is THE most unsung producer/eMCee of our modern day.

We are all here on the internet witnessing the proliferation of wannabe-large producers. Cats that adopt the latest and greatest production innovation to try to generate interest in their unoriginal product. I mean, first it was the Premo-geeks and the PR-freaks (that’s Pete Rock, y’all). Then J Dilla had the unfortunate circumstance of passing away and, gawd-have-mercy, we got the onslaught of bass-stabby, kick-clappy happiness. We still have that (R.I.P. James Yancey).

My man Blueprint hasn’t done such things. If anything, I would say he’s the most original sampling producer I have heard since Dilla. I must clarify by saying that like Dilla, Blueprint does more than just sample other people’s music, so don’t get it twisted. I mean…


It befuddles me to no end that with the catalogue that Blueprint has he is not more of a household name. Danger Mouse is doing albums with Beck and Black Keys. 9th Wonder is doing projects with his heroes. Why isn’t Printmatic seeing that kind of work?! Sure, Blueprint is cool with the Def Jux team. He’s in the Orphanage with Slug from Atmosphere, but why isn’t Pharoahe Monch knocking on his door for tracks?

Folks, you are participating in the greatest travesty of oversight. It is now that you must turn the tide and see the shore before it’s too late. Even Blueprint has prophesied on one of his songs that by the time he catches on, he’ll “be making shitty music.” You cannot let this happen.

Here I will showcase some of my favorite contributions by Blueprint. My man Printmatic, along with the likes of People Under The Stairs, Radiohead, D’Angelo, Brazilian Girls and now Robin Thicke, is of a select group of artists that I will always blindly cop whatever they release. I don’t download first. In fact, I try to stay away from singles even. I just buy, because Blueprint is one of those that believes in building a cohesive, comprehensive project. Even his CDs of scrap tracks are held together with skits that help everything make sense, so to say the least, I have quite a bit to pick from. I will mainly showcase his finest in production work, because I think that’s where he shines the most consistently

No scratch that, my dude has too many burners to just show off a couple loosies. I’ve put together a Blueprint Greatest Hits Mix. Catch is, I’m not providing any songs that have been made available for free by Blueprint himself. He’s got songs for download off his MySpace page. Cop those there. If you know anything about Greatest Hits albums, you know that many of your favorites may be left out. Then again, this is for those who ain’t knowing, so be cool Molando! The tracklisting is below:

Greenhouse Effect – The Proper Education
Blueprint f/ Maniphest – YoYo
Blueprint – Starch
Blueprint f/ Flip & Maniphest – Serengeti Sex
Blueprint – Goin’ Off
Blueprint – Lo-Fi Funk
Blueprint – Trouble On My Mind
Blueprint – Keep Movin (Rebuilt)
Blueprint f/ Illogic – Sacrifice
Blueprint – Kill Me First
Blueprint – Printmatic (Remix)
Blueprint – Where’s Your Girlfriend At-
Blueprint f/ The Orphanage (Slug, Illogic, Aesop Rock, Eyedea) – Hold Mine
Blueprint – The Last Song
Bonus Cuts:
Aesop Rock f/ Blueprint – Alchemy
RJD2 f/ Blueprint – Final Frontier


* All songs produced by Blueprint, except for “Final Frontier,” which was produced by RJD2.

I would give a full breakdown of each track, but I’ve typed enough. Download the mix and put it on your Ipods/Zunes/cheaper MPfree players. Or if you’re Benny Ben, burn it to CD for your whip. Feel free to leave comments on what you think of Blueprint’s work and/or my thoughts on his catalogue. Better yet, buy up all his CDs where you can find even more goodness. Blueprint on MySpace or Weightless Recordings. At least here, we can make sure he’s able to continue to make music. Be on the lookout for his new solo release – Adventures in Counter-Culture.

Common’s B-side – Universal Mind Control (video)

DJ Psycho played this at 5th Ave in Royal Oak and I was impressed. I don’t think Common’s strong suit is club records, but I must concede that this one isn’t bad. I’d rather him stick to brag rap and punchlines, but I don’t think that’s ever coming back unfortunately. Folks, Resurrection is long gone.

Common’s still one of the best eMCees out though, don’t lose sight of that. Enjoy the visuals… Hype Williams directed. Pharrell is portrayed as a robot. Awesome.

SP – Detroit’s Best Producer… that you don’t hear about

I have been trying to find the perfect time to big up my buddy – my white brother from a funky mother, Shawn Philip Holdt aka SP. A new song would be nice to feature, but my homey is a true artist in that he only does new music when he’s inspired to do so. Well, this blog ain’t getting those kind of hits yet, so … let’s show off some of his songs.

I have to say that my man is truly a wunderkind that has yet to be tapped. He contributed over 50% of the beats behind one of my favorite local hip hop albums, Up Pops The SAC by Starving Artists Crew. His recent solo record – Movin’ Along – is the most ambitious hip hop record – in a traditional sense – that this hip hop geek has ever heard. If you want the whole story, peep what I say on the Detroit Luv board.

Now I correspond with SP on a regular basis and he tells me his possible project ideas and such. While I don’t have any doubt that what he’s going to do will be dope, but what I definitely want to happen more than anything is to get more rappers commission Shawn to work on songs with them. He is a nut when it comes to sound. In today’s digital age, Shawn knows the lost art of the warmth in analog. While most folks I knew were copping the latest version of Pro Tools, Shawn was buying up tube soundboards and Mooger Foogers. My dude finally has Pro Tools, so he can adapt to the current system in exchanging music files, but you better believe that happened begrudgingly.

So to not get overly wordy, let’s get to some music, shall we?

I’m going to just supply tracks off his most recent opus – Movin’ Along.
Best song award(s)* go to:

  • Next
  • Street Rappin’ (f/ NewJack Hustle – seen here)

Then there’s the posse, Starving Artists Crew:
That Cat Is High (f/ IQ and Brainstorm)

And here’s the original that was the backbone of this track:
No Dice – That Cat Is High
The keys were replayed by the original musician, Ted Pulker.

Lastly, a bonus cut… well, if you didn’t know, I’m featured on two songs! So here’s one of them:
Night At The Funk Party (f/ Massey Love, Giant Panda, Starving Artists Crew and ME)

* Now I personally think that the intro is most awesome also, but if you like these, then you should buy it just to take it all in.

Okay, that’s it. I’m tired. Feel free to share!