Blueprint (rapper)

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Blueprint
Birth name Albert Shepard
Also known as Printmatic
Origin Columbus, Ohio, United States
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, producer
Years active 1999-present
Labels Rhymesayers Entertainment, Weightless Recordings
Associated acts Soul Position, Greenhouse
Website printmatic.net

Albert 'Al' Shepard better known by his stage name Blueprint is an American indie hip hop artist from Columbus, Ohio.[1] He is a founder of Weightless Recordings.[2]

Blueprint is one half of the duo Soul Position along with producer RJD2.[3] He is also a member of the rap group Greenhouse (formerly known as Greenhouse Effect), which currently consists of himself and Illogic.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Blueprint first gained underground attention as a member of the crew Greenhouse Effect.[5] He then reached a wider audience when he appeared on the track "Final Frontier" from RJD2's debut album Deadringer in 2002.[6] Since then, he has released two albums with RJD2 as Soul Position,[7] as well as several solo albums on Rhymesayers Entertainment, including 1988 (2005)[8] and Adventures in Counter-Culture (2011).[9] In 2014, he released Respect the Architect.[10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Weightless Radio: A Collection of Blueprint Instrumentals (2011)

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Boombox" (2005)
  • "So Alive" (2011)

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Illogic - "Favorite Things" and "Blueprint" from Unforeseen Shadows (2000)
  • Sage Francis - "Orphanage Freestyle" from Sick of Waiting Tables (2001)
  • Eyedea & Abilities - "Before and After" from First Born (2001)
  • Illogic - "Break Bread" from Got Lyrics? (2002)
  • Aesop Rock - "Alchemy" from Daylight (2002)
  • RJD2 - "Final Frontier" from Deadringer (2002)
  • Mars Ill - "Planes and Trains" from Backbreakanomics (2003)
  • Static & Nat Ill - "Fist High" from Teamwork (2004)
  • Tack Fu - "Evolution Is Outdated" from 85 Decibel Monks (2004)
  • Vast Aire - "Zenith" from Look Mom... No Hands (2004)
  • Illogic - "The Only Constant" from Celestial Clockwork (2004)
  • Envelope - "Be Your Own Man" from Insignificant Anthems (2005)
  • Mr. Lif - "Mo' Mega" from Mo' Mega (2006)
  • Zero Star - "Catch Up" from Forever's Never Really That Long (2006)
  • Lord 360 - "Previously Pillaged" from The Anomaly LP (The Battle Cry) (2006)
  • Ill Poetic - "Common Knowledge" from The World Is Ours (2007)
  • Atmosphere - "Crewed Up" from Strictly Leakage (2008)
  • Envelope - "Looking In" from Shark Bolt (2008)
  • Bottom Brick - "Cadillac Rap" from The Groundbreaking (2008)
  • Jake One - "Scared" from White Van Music (2008)
  • BK-One with Benzilla - "Blue Balls" from Rádio Do Canibal (2009)
  • Small Professor - "Make Moves" from Gigantic Vol. 1 (2012)
  • Aesop Rock - "BMX" from Skelethon (2012)
  • Abstract Rude & Musab - "Pomp and Circumstance" from The Awful Truth (2012)
  • True Believers - "One Question" from The Man (2012)
  • Illus - "The Gift" and "Extraordinary" from Family First (2012)
  • Solillaquists of Sound - "Here I Am" from The 4th Wall: Part 2 (2013)
  • Art Vandelay - "When Death Sings" from Eye 8 the Crow (2013)
  • Midaz the Beast - "Seeing Is Believing" from AU: Another Universe (2013)
  • RJD2 - "It All Came to Me in a Dream" from More Is Than Isn't (2013)
  • Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils - "Rearview Reminder" from Gettin' Gatsby (2013)
  • Illogic & Blockhead - "Justified" from Capture the Sun (2013)
  • J. Rawls - "Best Producer on the Mic II" from The Legacy (2014)
  • Illus & ICBM - "Beautiful Thing" from Behind the Mask (2014)
  • Ill State - "Blood, Sweat & Tears" from Illiterates (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sigelman, Danny (March 2, 2011). "Rhymesayers mainstay Blueprint readies new full-length release". Gimme Noise. 
  2. ^ Perezcastaneda, Geneva (April 25, 2011). "Q&A: Blueprint Takes Us On 'Adventures in Counter-Culture'". Filter Magazine. 
  3. ^ Umile, Dominic (January 21, 2004). "Soul Position: 8,000,000 Stories". PopMatters. 
  4. ^ Gillespie, Blake (October 19, 2009). "Greenhouse (Effect): The New Cast". Impose Magazine. 
  5. ^ Deville, Chris (July 21, 2011). "Hip-hop in Columbus: Key moments". Columbus Alive. 
  6. ^ Thomas-Glass, Daniel (July 25, 2002). "RJD2 - Dead Ringer". Dusted Magazine. 
  7. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 3, 2006). "Soul Position: Things Go Better With RJ and Al". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Macia, Peter (June 2, 2005). "Blueprint: 1988". Pitchfork Media. 
  9. ^ Matthews, Aaron (April 5, 2011). "Blueprint - Adventures in the Counter-Culture". Exclaim!. 
  10. ^ Connor, Martin (May 1, 2014). "Blueprint - Respect The Architect". HipHopDX. 

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