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Sunday December 21, 2014
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Blueprint's "Respect the Architect" Due Out April 22nd, 2014

Courtesy Trevor @ Score.

Respect the Architect features Count Bass D, Illogic and Midaz the Beast with Blueprint and IMakeMadBeats (one track) on production.



Critically acclaimed MC/producer Blueprint's latest album Respect the Architect, takes his years of experience making underground hip hop music and channels it into a cherished vessel of classic 90’s rap records – the soul sample chop. Musically inspired by the sounds of sampling pioneers the RZA, Public Enemy, and Gang Starr, Respect the Architect is the sound of one of hip hop’s most brilliant students looking back to pay homage to past luminaries, while also acknowledging his own veteran status.

It's a ranking that is without debate. Since emerging from the Columbus, OH scene in the late 90’s with his own crew Greenhouse Effect, Blueprint has released records through independent hip hop powerhouse Rhymesayers Entertainment and toured extensively across North America and Europe, both as one-half of his collaborative project Soul Position with DJ/Producer RJD2 as well as through his own solo work. His 2005 solo debut 1988 was a love letter to the height of hip hop’s Golden Age, while his last major album (2011’s Adventures in Counter-Culture) found him incorporating synths and drum machines resulting in a more experimental, genre-defying sound.

Respect the Architect represents a complete about-face, with its raw, stripped-down approach. The album’s tracks are anchored by sampled loops, with little-to-no drums or additional production. With this soulful musical canvas behind him, Print drops his patented no-frills rhymes with bravado and style, all while showcasing why he truly has become one of the architects of independent hip hop culture. Print also unveils some of the most personal songs of his career on heartfelt tracks “Silver Lining” and “Perspective.” Flanked by guest appearances from Greenhouse Crew’s Illogic, Count Bass D, and Midaz the Beast, Respect the Architect is an unadulterated dose of rap in its purest essence – and proves why participants in hip hop’s culture should take heed to the album’s title.

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