Rolling Stone premiered a new RJD2 & Blueprint song called “The Good Life”. Click here to hear it. It was created for OriginalTV a new series that talks to artists about their creative process. Below is RJ’s segment.
Columbus Rhymesayer Blueprint is set to release a new album “Deleted Scenes” on Weightless on October 16th.
In describing the Deleted Scenes album, Blueprint comments:
“I wrote and recorded at least 75 songs for my last album, Adventures in Counter-Culture. Only 15 of those songs were chosen for the final tracklist. Many of the remaining songs were good (some very good), but weren’t chosen for the album because their vibe or message didn’t fit the overall theme that I was going for. I soon realized that although these songs didn’t fit into what Adventures in Counter-Culture ultimately turned into, they still played a significant role in telling my story. After revisiting many of these songs, I came to the conclusion that the best of them should be heard by the people who support me to the fullest, so I took some time to fully produce these songs. The result is Deleted Scenes”
Connecticut emcee Illus teams up with Blueprint for “Extraordinary” off of Illus’s album Family First. Print produced this joint. Family First is co-produced by Public Enemy luminary DJ Johnny Juice and the star-studded guest emcee/producer list includes; Apathy, Ill Bill, J-Live, Erin Barra, Headsnack, Phashara, Chuuwee, Esoteric and more.
Blueprint wrote a book detailing the making of his album “The Adventures in Counter-Culture”. Today, Print uploaded a soundcloud link of himself reading the chapter on making “Automatic”. It details how the song was created after he took a vacation on the heels of the ending of So What Wednesdays which was a weekly Hip Hop event that was formed in the aftermath of the deaths of some key Columbus Hip Hop figures and close friends. He also goes through the process of learning new recording skills after switching from sampling to synths. So basically, this chapter is about taking a break to spawn artistic growth after a rough period.
This year’s list of favorites is fairly sedate (even for me), with just a little ruckus here and there. Lots of morning-coffee music, which I guess says something about my 2011. But music’s strength is its pliability. It can be whatever you need it to be at the moment, especially when we have instant access to virtually any song ever recorded, often for free. Judging by this list, I needed music to be a salve more than a release valve this year.
I also never expected my favorite album to come from someone who held the spot previously, but the iTunes “most played” playlist doesn’t lie. It’s a divisive one, but people who like it really like it.
I picked 15 favorites and several honorable mentions, plus a Favorite Columbus Albums list below — separate but equal in enjoyment and quality. As usual, I limit my lists to albums, so some EPs and 7”s I liked (e.g. Envelope, Sundown, Malefactors of Great Wealth, Dolfish) aren’t listed.
As Chip said about Wussy’s Chuck Cleaver, “One wouldn’t expect the heavily tattooed Cincinnati songwriter to produce his best collection of songs this late in his already highly-prolific career, but that’s exactly what he’s done.”