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Editors’ Notes

Back in 2005, the Ohio MC Blueprint looked to 1988 as an anchor point for hip-hop culture—sampling key breaks, beats, and rhymes over the course of a boast-heavy, post-millennial rap record. "Fresh for '88, you suckas,” he declares on the album’s intro, directly quoting KRS-One; on “Boombox,” he distorts a key sequence from Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” for his own tribute to the iconic portable music player. Blueprint harnessed the toughness, competitiveness, and wit of late-’80s rap to fuel his angsty critiques of modern hip-hop.

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Some of the greatest sounds

This guy is a true aritst, with a flow most people cant see and an ability to make beats and spit. I respect him because he doesnt kill hip hop. "Big girls need love too" will make you laugh and think, and you will be singing many other songs from this album over and over. Plus there is a hidden track after "Liberated" Its a shame a rapper like this cant get any more attention.

Amazing

Seen him in concert many times.... the cd is just as amazing as in concert....

Undergrounds finest

Blueprint is one of Columbus' best underground hip hop artists, his flow is amazing... and once he hooks up with RJD2 he's unstoppable

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Largely responsible for making Columbus, OH, a viable medium for hip-hop, Blueprint may have a cartoonish-sounding voice, but his lyrics are definitely not one-dimensional, varying from complex narratives to rhyme-battling punch lines to office humor. His productions are equally as dense and versatile, which makes sense given that his career as an MC developed side by side with his ambitions as a producer. Blueprint (born Albert Shepard) first discovered hip-hop in elementary school through his cousin...
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