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Created by underground hip-hop artist Blueprint, Super Duty Tough Work is the most infamous podcast on planet earth, focusing on hip-hop culture, personal-development, and humor. The results are comical, educational, and inspiring. No shuckin', no jivin', and no bulls#@t.For advertising opportunitie… read more

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249: Mental Health and Creativity with Dr Alex MacNeil

May 3rd, 2021


Although we've had several requests over the years to do an episode about mental health topics, we've always been hesitant to cover it since it's such an expansive topic. That changes this week as we invite Dr Alex …

248: The Health Is Wealth Challenge

April 26th, 2021


Although we spend a lot of time speaking about how to be the best artist you can be, we have never touched on one of the consequences of putting your passion first, which is your health. In many instances, the most …

247: Why Artists Procrastinate

April 19th, 2021


Although we spoke about procrastination in our Self-Sabotaging Behaviors episode a few weeks ago, we didn't have the time to dive as deeply into this topic that plagues almost everybody. So in this episode of the most …

246: Avoiding Perfectionism

April 12th, 2021


In last week's episode, while speaking about self-sabotaging behaviors, we touched on something that is ever present in the mind's of artists--perfectionism. The belief that our art can and must be "perfect" before we …

245: Self-Sabotaging Artist Behaviors

April 5th, 2021


While there are many artists who never reach their fullest potential due to outside forces, there are also a lot of artists who fail due to their own …

244: The High Price of Fame

March 29th, 2021


While every artist wants to be successful and famous, most have never given any thought to how it would change their lives. They think being a public …

243: How I Became The Mayor

March 22nd, 2021


One of the biggest benefits of being a touring artist is the number of interesting people artists meet from all over the world. That's certainly the case for this week's guest, Emily Keller, the mayor of Hagerstown, MD. …

242: The Ten Biggest Music Industry Myths

March 15th, 2021


As two artists who have been a part of the music industry for the better part of twenty years, we've seen a lot. Along the way, we've seen a lot of artists get disappointed because they made assumptions about the …

241: Artist Apps and The Future of Social Media with IMMAKEMADBEATS

March 8th, 2021


This week we are joined by hip-hop producer and label owner IMAKEMADBEATS of the Unapologetic crew. While his production credits are vast--he …

240: Ten Things Artists Can Learn from Drug Dealers

March 1st, 2021


Whether we like it or not, classic movies like Good Fellas and Scarface have had a heavy impact on hip-hop culture. So much so that dozens of artists …

239: From Toy Collector to Toy Designer with Rocom

February 22nd, 2021


This week on the podcast we are joined by hip-hop artist and toy designer, Rocom. He and Blueprint sit down to talk about his journey from doing graphic design to designing his own toy line Rocom Toys that has seen …

238: Ten Cheap Things That Every Artist Needs

February 15th, 2021


As artists we often tell ourselves that the solution to our problems is money. And while money would definitely help us reach many of our goals …

237: Making the Press Work for You with Big Sto

February 8th, 2021


One of the more common questions we get from our listeners is about dealing with the press. Whether it's how to get the press to cover their release, or how to prepare their releases for coverage, there isn't a lot of …

236: Never Get Too Comfortable

February 1st, 2021


While we may speak often on this show about achieving goals and pushing forward, we rarely speak about what happens after you achieve those goals. Most people relax and get comfortable. In fact, the more success you …

235: The Genius Marketing of MF DOOM

January 11th, 2021


The hip-hop community was dealt a big blow with the passing of iconic rapper MF DOOM last week. And while MF DOOM was one of the dopest rappers and lyricists of his era, there was a lot more that went into his success …

234: The 90 Days of Discipline Results Show

January 4th, 2021


If you've been paying attention to the show, then you know we started another 90 Days of Discipline Challenge to ourselves in October. We also invited our listeners to join in on this challenge, where we choose a goal …

233: Dealing With Artistic Burn Out

December 14th, 2020


While we often speak about the need to be as ambitious as possible when it comes to achieving your goals, we've rarely spoken about what happens after you do. One unfortunate thing that can happen is feeling burnt out …

232: Bad Situations That Are Good For Your Art

December 7th, 2020


If there's one thing that this year has shown us, it's that the future is uncertain and unpredictable. Along with that unpredictable nature comes a lot of ups and downs. Good situations and bad situations. But how we …

231: Dating Ambitious People

November 23rd, 2020


One of our most popular episodes in the last two years was one titled "Dating Uncreative People." In that episode, we laid out all the challenges …

230: Vangarde Album Liner Notes with Mr Lif

November 16th, 2020


Although we've had legendary underground MC Mr. Lif appear on the show before during our real estate episode, we haven't had a chance to chop it up with him about music. That changes this week, when Blueprint and Mr Lif …

229: How to Keep the Buzz Going

November 9th, 2020


For most artists, one of the things we look the most forward to is releasing our creations to the public. As a result, release day is right up there …

228: The Truth About Price

November 2nd, 2020


One of the most difficult things artists struggle with is setting their price. Half the time we feel like we are charging too much and half the …

227: Full Production or Quick and Dirty?

October 26th, 2020


While attention to detail is a positive trait for an artist to have, it isn't without it's drawbacks. One of the biggest being the constant need to chase perfection in everything we create. Many of us put incredible …

226: The 90 Days of Discipline Challenge

October 19th, 2020


One year ago, we challenged ourselves to lock in on our art and commit more heavily for 30 days. At the end of that challenge, which we invited our …

225: Album Reviews Three

October 5th, 2020


It's been a while since we've done album reviews, so we figured it was time to bring them back. In this episode we get back to it and talk about the new albums from Oddissee, Elzhi, Buckwild, and Conway the Machine. …

224: How Much Does it Cost To Release An Album?

September 28th, 2020


As two independent hip-hop artists, the topic of investing in yourself frequently comes up on this podcast. And while we have spoken about how important it is, we have never gotten into the specific numbers. In this …

223: Fame Versus Ownership and Kanye Versus Nipsey

September 21st, 2020


Because we do speak about ownership quite often on this podcast, it is always refreshing to see the conversation happen on bigger platforms. This week that happened courtesy of some viral tweets by Kanye West, who took …

222: Did Nas Finally Get It Right?

September 14th, 2020


While we've done our fair share of criticizing Nas for his hit-or-miss albums, it always comes from a place of love because we know what he's capable of making some great music. With the release of his latest album …

221: Pharoahe Monch Versus O.C. Catalog Battle

September 7th, 2020


While it's very common for hip-hop fans to debate about who the best rapper or producer are, it's very rare for them to restrict those debates to only the artists catalogs. In this episode, we decided to debate which …

200: The Book Announcement Episode

August 31st, 2020


If you've been listening to this podcast for the past year or so, then you know Blueprint has been finishing up his next book. Well, the new book is finally done and preordering on In this episode, …

219: The Traps of Young Adulthood

August 17th, 2020


Although we are both grown men who seem to have our stuff together, it wasn't always that way. We had a lot of rough patches along the way, most of …

218: How To Make Friends

August 10th, 2020


While last week's episode about friendship killers got a great response from our listeners, it also made us realize that we may have overlooked a very important topic, which is how to make friends. It may seem simple …

217: Friendship Killers

August 3rd, 2020


As they say, good friends are hard to come by. Unfortunately, many of us have had no problems making friends, but keeping them is a completely different story. Sometimes we lose friends due to their actions and other …

216: How to Fix Artistic Anxiety

July 27th, 2020

Whether it's starting a new project or releasing something you just finished, there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to art. This uncertainty about whether its good, whether people will like it, and whether it …

215: Annoying Things Music Producers Do

July 20th, 2020

As rappers and producers, we have had the fortunate opportunity to collaborate with other artists, sometimes producing for other rappers and …

214: Dame Dash Was Right

July 13th, 2020

We recently realized that it's been five years since Dame Dash's iconic interview on The Breakfast Club. In this interview he introduced the hip-hop world to several concepts and philosophies that are routinely ignored …

213: Lessons From Wack Records

July 6th, 2020

Listeners of this podcast know that we are both into making beats and digging for records. But what most don't know is how many wack records you have to buy before you really learn how to find good records …

212: Things Rappers Can Learn From Producers

June 29th, 2020

In our last episode, we spoke about things that producers could learn from rappers that would help them in their careers. This week we're doing the …

211: Things Producers Can Learn From Rappers

June 15th, 2020

As two guys who have been able to participate in hip-hop culture as both rappers and producers, we've been able to see the creative process from two …

210: Skills That Hip-Hop Taught Us

June 8th, 2020

When people think about hip-hop music's contribution to society, one of the first things they speak about is how it brings people together, enabling them to learn more about each other. And while we have definitely …

209: Our Definitive Book List For Artists

June 1st, 2020

Although we've spoken about various books over the years that have helped us as artists, we've never done an episode compiling all of our favorites over the years. In this episode, we do exactly that. We break down …

208: Soft Skills Artists Should Learn

May 25th, 2020

When it comes to our chosen craft, we all know the importance of improving our skill level. However, when it comes to the soft skills that enable us to navigate the world outside of our creative spaces, many of us fall …

207: Adopting a Winner's Mentality

May 18th, 2020

Over the last month, the internet has been abuzz with conversation about the "Last Dance" documentary, which chronicles Michael Jordan's final …

206: Things Rappers Brag About That They Shouldn't

May 11th, 2020

Any fan of hip-hop understands that bragging and boasting has been a part of the art form since the beginning. From Special Ed bragging about owning Islands on "I Got It Made" to Puff Daddy bragging about having cars …

205: The Post-Pandemic Skill Set for Artists

May 4th, 2020

Since the onset of this pandemic, one of the reoccurring conversations that we've been having with other members of the creative community is about how different the landscape will be once this ends. It will be very …

204: Is Live-Streaming the Future?

April 27th, 2020

Due to the fallout of the corona virus, we are living in a very special time. A time where people are spending more time at home than ever and where online content is being consumed more than ever. On the heels of the …

203: Ten Things We Wish We Knew As New Artists

April 20th, 2020

While we have both had successful careers as independent artists, there have certainly been a lot of ups and downs along the way. There were also …

202: The Count Bass D Cheat Code Part Two

April 6th, 2020

This week on Super Duty Tough Work, we bring the second part of Blueprint's conversation with the "rapper with the most chords", none other than Count Bass D! Since the first part of our interview got so much love and …

201: Album Reviews Part Two

March 30th, 2020

After doing our first album reviews episode a few months back, we were told by our listeners that they would like to see us doing them more …

200: Finding The Silver Lining

March 22nd, 2020

Considering the events taking place around the world in relation to the corona virus and all the fear and uncertainty that already exists, we decided to go the opposite direction. This week, we will be talking about …

199: The Count Bass D Cheat Code - Part One

March 16th, 2020

This week on Super Duty Tough Work, we're joined by none other than "the rapper with the most chords" himself, Count Bass D. On the heels of his brand new album "CBD" that was released this week, Blueprint and Count …

198: Monetizing Your Craft

March 9th, 2020

Since our recent episode about branding received so much positive feedback that we figured it's time to talk about the next logical step, which is making money. What many people fail to understand is that it's much …

197: Quieting Your Mind

March 2nd, 2020

In this era of social media and its constant distractions, most people have a very difficult time focusing on what needs to be done. This is because …

196: The Truth About Branding

February 24th, 2020

If there were one concept that has become cliche in the music industry and hip-hop artists, its the word brand. Once only a concept spoken about only be marketers and salesmen, the concept of branding has now been …

195: Using Your Art to Survive Your Job

February 17th, 2020

Everyone knows what it's like to have creative passion that you care deeply about and a job that you don't particularly care about. In most …

194: Why Rappers Lie So Much

February 10th, 2020

Last week there was a lot of commotion on social media when pop singer Billie Eilish featured a quote of her pointing out that she personally knows a lot of rappers constantly who lie about their lives and having things …

193: Behind the Beats with Blockhead

February 3rd, 2020

Although New York producer Blockhead originally emerged on the hip-hop scene as one of Aesop Rock's main collaborators, he has since established his …

192: How Managers Help and Hurt Artists

January 27th, 2020

Although we've had artist managers on the show before, we've never really went into depth about the pluses and minuses of having a manager. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down …

191: Dealing with Jealousy

January 20th, 2020

No matter how perfect we strive to be as humans, there will be times in our lives when we feel insecure about where we are in life. It is at these moments that we are visited by the green-eyed monster, jealousy. And …

190: Why Nas Could Never Surpass Illmatic

January 13th, 2020

One of the most fascinating and frustrating careers in hip-hop is the career of Queens rapper Nas. While his debut album Illmatic was considered one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, his fans have been …

189: The Discipline Challenge Results Show

January 6th, 2020

In November, with several creative projects unfinished, we decided to create the 30 Days of Discipline Challenge, in hopes of locking in and getting more done. We also invited our listeners to participate in this …

188: The Life of An Illustrator with Adam "Illus" Wallenta

December 30th, 2019

In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, Blueprint sits down for an interview with hip-hop artist and professional illustrator Adam "Illus" Wallenta. Adam has done artwork for a who's who of …

187: The Best Rappers With The Worst Beats

December 16th, 2019

Being producers and MCs ourselves, we are always excited about hearing well-produced hip-hop albums. But as fans, we've had to admit that some of our favorite MCs have often released albums where the production didn't …

186: Keeping The Excitement

December 9th, 2019

On our journey to create great art there will inevitably come points where we lose our momentum. It is at these moments when our level of anticipation takes a huge hit and we are no longer excited about our next step …

185: What Nobody Tells You About Being a Leader

November 18th, 2019

We live in a society where those who are leaders--whether that be in business, entertainment, or in politics---are put on a pedestal. In many …

184: The 30 Days of Discipline Challenge

November 11th, 2019

We have officially entered crunch time as artists, a time when everything has to be finished in order to get our albums out on time next year. With so much to be finished before the end of the year, we both decided to …

183: Lifestyle Marketing with Bukue One

November 4th, 2019

Although he was first heard touring with west coast legends like Aceyalone, Abstract Rude, and the Hieroglyphics crew, Bukue One's name reached another level when he became the manager of Del the Funky Homosapien. …

182: The Best Headphone Albums

October 27th, 2019

As hip-hop fans, we were all raised to want to listen to our music in the environment that has the most bang--clubs, cars, and loud system. But once upon a time, hip-hop went through a brief phase where artists started …

181: Building A Career Overseas with DJ Criminal

October 21st, 2019

One of the biggest benefits of building an artistic career is the ability to travel the world and experience different cities and cultures. It's a …

180: Finding New Mountains To Climb

October 14th, 2019

There comes a point in everybody's career where you feel like you've hit a wall. Not because of the lack of achievement, but because you've actually achieved what you set out to do. We all know what it's like to …

179: The Best Promotional Strategies

October 7th, 2019

In last week's episode, we covered the worst promotional strategies that artists are employing nowadays, often times hurting themselves in the …

178: The Worst Promotional Strategies

September 30th, 2019

In the rapidly changing digital landscape, where every artist is capable of building their own platform and people are more accessible than ever, there tends to be a belief that overnight success happens all the time. …

177: Digging in The Crates 101

September 23rd, 2019

Although we are both MCs, we are also avid beat-makers. And as beat-makers we have both been in our fair share of record stores hunting for the dopest records to use in our beat-making process. In this episode, we're …

176: How Performers Get Screwed Out of Money

September 16th, 2019

As guys who have toured the world over, we have made our fair share of money on stage. We have also missed out on a lot of money performing. Whether due to our own negligence or shiesty promoters, we've been screwed …

175: Old Dogs and NewTricks

September 9th, 2019

While it's very easy to look around and see older people who have given up on learning new things and become satisfied, there are also many examples …

174: Album Reviews

September 2nd, 2019

Although this is a hip-hop podcast, very rarely do we discuss hip-hop albums. It's not that we don't enjoy them, we just haven't had a way to discuss them properly in the past. That all changed this month when a bunch …

173: Lessons From Our Fathers

August 26th, 2019

While we both have amazing mothers who have played incredible roles in our development as men, we very rarely speak about our fathers on this show. …

172: The Life of A Freelancer

August 19th, 2019

While we've had requests to speak on the topic of freelancing for quite a while, we didn't want to tackle it until we could sit down with someone who …

171: Why Artists Need Money

August 12th, 2019

No matter how dope you are as an artist, there will always be one factor that plays more of a role in your success more than you would like--money. …

170: The Social Media Cheat Code

August 5th, 2019

For most regular people, social media is an escape and source of fun. But for most artists, social media is a source of pressure and anxiety. This …

169: An Artists Perfect Team

July 29th, 2019

No matter how talented and productive an artist is, they eventually reach the point where they realize that they cannot do everything on their own. A team is needed to make it to the next level. While building a team …

168: This Week in Hip-Hop

July 22nd, 2019

It's been a long time since we've commented on any current events in hip-hop, but with so much going on this week, we figured it's about time to give our unique take on a few notable topics. This week we give our …

167: What Booking Agents Are Looking For

July 15th, 2019

One of the pieces that can have a profound impact on an independent artist's trajectory is having a booking agent that helps them book shows and tours. Unfortunately, booking agents are rarely seen or given a chance to …

166: How to Return From a Long Layoff

July 8th, 2019

No matter how active you are in your craft, there will come a time when you need to take a break. And whether that break lasts a month, a year, or …

165: Why We Don't Tell People We Rap

July 1st, 2019

Once upon a time, very few would call themselves MCs. Back then, anyone who took on the title was serious about their craft and was held in high …

164: Building Bridges with Cesar Comanche

June 24th, 2019

As a founding member of North Carolina's Justus League crew--which includes Phonte, Little Brother, 9th Wonder, Big Dho, and many others--Cesar …

163: The Difference Between a Producer and a Beat-Maker

June 17th, 2019

Once upon a time, hip-hop production was a mysterious art, known only to those deep inside the music industry. However, as technology as advanced, …

162: Scarcity Mentality Versus Abundance Mentality

June 10th, 2019

While talent and opportunity will always be important factors in achieving success, a person's mindset should never be underestimated. Some people, …

161: The Best and Worst of Hip-Hop Fashion

June 3rd, 2019

Since it's inception, Hip-hop has always been a powerful tool in starting many fashion trends. Some of these were good, some of these were bad, and …

160: The Genius Marketing of Run The Jewels

May 27th, 2019

When El-P and Killer Mike debuted their Run The Jewels collaboration back in 2013, their runaway success seemed like a perfect storm. While both …

159: Behind The Studio Remodel

May 20th, 2019

Those who have watched the video-version of our podcast have noticed that we have upgraded the set and production quality of the show a couple weeks ago. This upgrade has sparked many questions from our listeners about …

158: How to Survive a Recession

May 13th, 2019

Anyone who has worked in this country understands how trying it can be to find a job, let alone keep a job you already have. Even for those who …

157: The Carnage Cheat Code

May 6th, 2019

If you've paid attention to the Minneapolis hip-hop scene as long as we have, then have probably heard of MC and Beatboxer Carnage the Executioner. …

156: Why Jay Electronica Will Never Release an Album

April 29th, 2019

When Jay Electronica first burst onto the hip-hop scene, his talent on the mic caused many people to predict that he would be the next great MC, …

155: Dealing With Hecklers

April 22nd, 2019

If you've ever done anything in public--from live performances, to public speaking--you have probably had nightmares about a heckler showing up and ruining it. As touring artists, we have had our fair share of random …

154: How to Be Patient With Yourself

April 15th, 2019

If you've worked on any project long enough, you know how frustrating it can be when your progress slows down tremendously. During these moments, it's very easy to lose patience with yourself. Whether it's negative …

153: How Artists Get Jerked

April 8th, 2019

No matter who you are or what you do for a living, you've probably been in a situation where you felt you were taken advantage of. In the music industry, there are so many stories about artists getting jerked by record …

152: The J-Zone Cheat Code

April 1st, 2019

If you've been a fan of underground hip-hop as long as we have, then you probably know who MC/Producer J-Zone is. After releasing his 2011 book, …

151: Signs of Bad Leadership

March 25th, 2019

If you've participated in the workforce or sports, then you know what it's like to be a part of a team that moves together towards a common goal. You also know what it's like to be a part of a team that suffers due to …

150: How to Help People Without Hurting Them

March 18th, 2019

If you've been around long enough, then you've probably helped someone else in their time of need. In most instances, the help you give allows them to bounce back from adversity as a much stronger version of …

149: Why Female Rappers Fail

March 11th, 2019

Once upon a time, there were a great number of dope female MCs in the rap game. From Latifah, to MC Lyte, to Lauryn Hill, to Bahamadia, and many others--they were at the top of the rap game and in great number. …

148: The Problem with New Gear

March 4th, 2019

Any artist who's been practicing their craft for a while understands the constant temptation to buy new gear. Every year, new things come out that can help us do our jobs better. But is it worth it? Many artists have …

147: The Best Voices in Hip-Hop

February 25th, 2019

While the debate about who the best rapper is often turns into unproductive arguments, we decided to speak on a quality that's easier to agree on--the voice. There are some rappers who have great voices and some rappers …

146: Ten Lessons from Self-Employment

February 18th, 2019

For people who have held down a full-time job for several years, being self-employed is a common dream. The thought of being your own boss, setting …

145: Rappers We're Supposed to Like But Don't

February 11th, 2019

As rappers ourselves, one of the most common questions we get asked is what we think of other rappers. As harmless as this question is, we find that …

144: Dealing With Stress

February 4th, 2019

While we all strive to live lives full of happiness and fulfillment, there will be times when we're faced with challenges that upset the normal …

143: The Battle Rap Episode

January 28th, 2019

Given our unique history, and coming up at a time where having to battle was almost mandatory, we are often asked to speak on the our history in battle rap and our thoughts on it currently. Well, here it is! In This …

142: The Problem with Just Enough

January 21st, 2019

We have recently discovered a disease that is responsible for quietly killing the dreams of millions of people--it is the disease of "just enough." This disease is characterized by a person who is talented enough to go …

141: Investing in Yourself

January 14th, 2019

No matter how long you've been doing something, there comes a time when you have to get more serious about it. And part of getting more serious means investing in yourself. From money, to time, to skill …

140: The Four Pillars of Discipline

January 9th, 2019

In a world where creating goals is much easier than achieving them, people who are disciplined tend to be the most successful. Thankfully, …

139: Fan Questions Part Two

January 2nd, 2019

The most infamous podcast on planet earth would like to wish all of our listeners a Happy New Year. As a special thank you, we decided to do another …

138: The Best Free Gifts

December 25th, 2018

Under normal circumstances, the most infamous podcast would take this week off, but this year we decided to drop a Christmas-themed episode. Since …

137: Why You Can't Sleep

December 20th, 2018

As the seasons change and the days get shorter and shorter, we've now entered the time of year when people's sleeping patterns take a turn for the worse. This will wreck your productivity if you don't get it in …

136: Is Spotify for Suckers?

December 12th, 2018

Among artists, Spotify is always a touchy subject. Some artists hate it and others love it. Last week, Spotify was buzzing among artists again when artists started sharing their Spotify plays, which caused another …

135: Why Moving to a Bigger City Rarely Works

December 5th, 2018

If you grew up in anywhere that's not a major city and have been active in your art scene for while, you will inevitably reach a point where you are thinking about relocating to a bigger city to "make it." We have seen …

134: What Drives You?

November 29th, 2018

No matter what your passion is, there will be times when you question whether the time you put into it is worth it. During those moments of doubt, it's best to revisit exactly what it is that drives your passion. In …

133: Less Networking, More Relationship Building

November 21st, 2018

Once upon a time, the term networking had a positive connotation. Now, when most people think about networking or attending "networking" events in the music industry, a feeling of cynicism and fills the air as they …

132: What We've Learned From The Podcast

November 14th, 2018

We've come a long way on this podcast in the last two years. So far that sometimes we don't take a second back and reflect on what we've learned. …

131: Weeding Out People Who Aren't Serious

November 7th, 2018

No matter what business you're in, you will inevitably run into people who aren't serious about supporting your product or service. These people …

129: Following Your Gut

October 24th, 2018

There are not a lot of guaranteed things in life. In fact, much of what winds up working out can be attributed to trusting your instinct and just …

128: Advice to Writers

October 17th, 2018

No matter what medium you may express yourself on, writing is a skill at the core of it all. The better you can write, the more effective you will be in expressing yourself and your vision. In this episode, we share …

127: Celebrating Success

October 3rd, 2018

We speak about working more effectively and professionally quite a bit on this podcast, but one aspect of that we haven't covered is what to do after you achieve your goals. While most driven people are no strangers to …

126: No More Bands in Hip-Hop

September 26th, 2018

Even though Hip-hop is one of the most popular genres of music across the globe, it may be one of the least respected in terms of it's live …

125: Thirty Ain't the New Twenty

September 19th, 2018

When you're young, there tends to be a belief that you have all the time in the world to do what needs to be done to build a great life for yourself, …

124: Dealing With Rude People

September 12th, 2018

Like it or not, at some point in your life you will have to deal with rude people. Whether they are a stranger or somebody that you know, there are times when they can seem like they're everywhere, constantly trying …

123: Why People Don't Respect You

September 5th, 2018

In light of the passing of the queen of soul Aretha Franklin and some previous conversations, we thought this would be a perfect time to talk about …

122: How Making Beats Has Changed

August 29th, 2018

In the winter of 1996, Blueprint bought his first sampler and began his journey as a hip-op beat-maker. During the last twenty years, things have changed tremendously; some for the better and some for the worse. In …

121: The Real Estate Episode

August 23rd, 2018

Due to previous conversations on this podcast, the topic of real estate has been one of the most requested topics in the history of the show. Well, the wait is over! The long-awaited Real Estate episode is here. In …

120: The Two-Headed Monster Tour Awards Show

August 15th, 2018

Now that the ten-week Two-Headed Monster tour has come to an end, we have decided to give all of our listeners a recap of what went on in the most interesting way possible--an awards show. In this episode, Blueprint …

119: Being Signed vs Being Independent

July 26th, 2018

One of the huge benefits of the internet is that it has leveled the playing field for independent artists, as they attempt to compete with major label artists for attention in the crowded music marketplace. Along with …

118: How Touring Has Changed

July 12th, 2018

One benefit of having a touring career that has lasted almost two decades is that we've gotten to see many changes in the touring landscape first hand. From positive changes to negative changes, we've seen a lot. And …

117: How to Know When Something is Finished

June 26th, 2018

Often times, one of the most difficult things for most creative people to master isn't creation itself, it's how to know when something they created …

116: The Lost Art of Artist Development

June 20th, 2018

In the early days of the music industry, artist development was one of the most important activities of a record label, often times allowing an artist to develop their artistry and image behind the scenes for years …

115: Unpopular Basketball Opinions

June 14th, 2018

Although this podcast focuses primarily on topics centered around hip-hop and being better artists, we are also basketball fans. In this short episode, that was recorded before the NBA playoffs ended, we discuss our …

114: Throwing Quality Live Events

June 5th, 2018

As artists who have both thrown events and been booked to play on events, we've been a part of a wide range of shows. From the most organized shows with amazing performances, to the most unorganized shows with terrible …

113: The Benefits of Minimalism

May 23rd, 2018

During last weeks intro, we briefly spoke about the huge benefits that simplifying your wardrobe can bring to a person's life. Although that conversation may have appeared to be just about clothing, it was really about …

112: Stop Wasting Time

May 16th, 2018

We all know what it's like to completely procrastinate on important work until the last minute. And while normal people tend to have specific reasons why they put things off, creative people tend to occupy their time …

111: Banning Hip-Hop

May 10th, 2018

One of the most controversial stories involving hip-hop on a global level was the country of China banning hip-hop culture from television and all …

110: Avoiding People Who Aren't Serious

May 2nd, 2018

If there's one thing you'll definitely come across on your path to elevate yourself in your career or passion, it's people who talk a good game, but aren't really serious about putting in work. At the beginning stages …

109: How to be a Better Artist

April 25th, 2018

In the previous episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we spoke on things that fans can do to make things easier for artists by becoming better fans. In this episode, we break down ten things that …

108: How to be a Better Fan

April 18th, 2018

As artists, we're often asked by our fans what are the most effective ways to support our art. Over the years, we've noticed that it isn't about the big things-- like expecting people to buy all of our albums--it's …

107: Wearing Multiple Hats

March 28th, 2018

Whether you're trying to or not, there will always be times when you have to take on multiple responsibilities in order to get things done. In this …

106: The Money Episode

March 21st, 2018

If there's one topic that's present in the majority of popular hip-hop it's money. Unfortunately, most of the conversations rappers have about money …

105: Finding 1000 True Fans

March 14th, 2018

No matter what type of creative work you do, there will come a point where you think you need to blow up to be successful. But what is lost along the …

104: Why Wackness is Tolerated

March 7th, 2018

As long as there's been hip-hop music, there's been wack artists making wack songs. And even though they've always existed, their presence seems to be more pronounced than ever. Are there more wack artists now or do …

103: Knowing When to Let a Project Go

February 28th, 2018

If you're ambitious and active in your creative endeavors, then you will reach the point where you are involved in several different projects, all …

102: What Makes A Show Special

February 21st, 2018

If you've been alive long enough, you've either witnessed or been a part of an amazing show in your life. While these special nights aren't very common, they do share some common qualities. In this episode, we break …

101: How Having Kids Impacts Creativity

February 14th, 2018

Although it's a well-known fact that Illogic is a parent, very rarely do we really dive deep into what that means and how it impacts his creative life. But being a parent is a profound experience that changes everything …

100: Fan Questions

January 31st, 2018

After putting in consistent work for the last couple of years, the most infamous podcast on planet earth has finally made it to a large milestone in podcasting, the one hundredth episode! To celebrate, we decided to get …

99: Why You Should Never Sit on Good Material

January 24th, 2018

Any creative person will inevitably have a great deal of unused and unreleased material lying around at various points in their career. One one hand it's good to know that you've created so much material that you can …

98: Keep it Lean in 2018

January 17th, 2018

The start of a new year can often be a time of stress as we are often tempted to try new challenges and take on more responsibility in our already busy lives. And without a proper plan of attack, things can get out of …

97: Why Talent Isn't Enough

January 10th, 2018

In our fifteen year careers in the music industry, we have been blessed to cross paths with some amazingly talented people. Some of these talented people went on to achieve great things, while others never got out of …

96: The Best of 2017

January 3rd, 2018

Happy New Year! Once again, the most infamous podcast on planet earth has made it thru another year of bringing the people the dopest entertainment and inspiration. As we did last year, we bring to you the Best of 2017 …

95: The Biggest Losers of 2017

December 20th, 2017

Looking back, 2017 was a pretty good year for the most infamous podcast on planet earth, as we consistently provided some of the best edutainment around. But for other people in hip-hop, 2017 was not so good. In fact, …

94: A Tribute to Dame Dash

December 14th, 2017

You would be hard-pressed to find a more polarizing figure in hip-hop than Dame Dash, the co-founder of Roc-a-fella Records, the home of Jay-Z, Kanye …

93: Sell Snow To An Eskimo

December 6th, 2017

If there was one area most creative people all agree they struggle in, it would be in selling themselves and their ideas. Even for the best of us, …

92: Self-Publishing 101

November 29th, 2017

If there's one item on almost everybody's bucket-list, it's writing a book. While writing a book isn't the most difficult thing to do, it certainly …

91: Why We Hate New Rappers

November 22nd, 2017

Every couple of months, the hip-hop press writes another story about a conflict between a veteran rapper and a new rapper, furthering their narrative that there is some sort of generational war going on inside hip-hop. …

90: Signs You Might Have Found Your Passion

November 15th, 2017

We're firm believers that life is much easier once you figure out what you would want to do with it, yet figuring out what you want to do with your …

89: Our Biggest Marketing Misses

November 8th, 2017

During the course of our long careers, we've had many successful releases where everything went down as planned, but also some not so great releases …

88: Choosing Yourself

November 1st, 2017

If there's one thing that the music industry is full of, it's artists looking for somebody to put them on. Everybody seems to be looking for …

87: Lessons From The Road

October 24th, 2017

After two-weeks off, Blueprint returns to Columbus and the most infamous podcast on planet earth to discuss the latest run of his King No Crown film …

86: Who Killed the DJ?

October 3rd, 2017

As guys that grew up during what's often referred to as the golden era of hip-hop, we remember a time when almost every group had a DJ as one of it's …

85: The Most Overused Words in Hip-Hop

September 28th, 2017

While it's fair to assume that mainstream rap artists don't have the widest vocabulary in hip-hop, nothing could prepare us for the results of a new …

84: The Pitfalls of Promotion

September 20th, 2017

What does it take to throw a successful live event? As artists who came up in an era where we had to book our own venues and promote the majority of …

83: The Downside of Success

September 12th, 2017

Although we often have conversations about what it takes to be successful, very rarely do we speak about what happens once you get there. The common …

82: Five More Rap Performance Cliches

August 30th, 2017

Two weeks ago the most infamous podcast dropped an episode called "The Worst Rap Performance Cliches" where we broke down all the things rappers do on stage that used to be dope but need to be put to rest. Since that …

81: The Biggest Mistakes in Building a Team

August 23rd, 2017

One of the most important factors in being successful is surrounding yourself with people who can help you accomplish your dream. Building a strong …

80: The Worst Rap Performance Cliches

August 15th, 2017

As artists who have played more shows then we can remember, it's safe to say we've seen a lot of performance trends come and go. Some of these trends stick around in high esteem, while others get used so much that they …

79: Five Things that Happen when you Share Your Work

August 8th, 2017

Like most people who create, there comes a time when you have to take your craft out of the laboratory and into the public. For many people, this sharing process causes anxiety, so they avoid it. For others, the …

78: Signs of the Untrustworthy

August 3rd, 2017

It's impossible to go through life without getting taken advantage of, done wrong, or bamboozled somehow. While none of these situations are easy to deal with, it's even harder when the person who took advantage of you …

77: Phrases That Steal Your Power

July 25th, 2017

As children we would often say, "sticks and stone may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This saying has always served as a reminder that …

76: Why Rappers Don't Wanna Grow Up

July 18th, 2017

If there's one thing we've noticed about Jay Z's "4:44" album it's that, love it or hate it, it's making people talk. One of the things it's making …

75: The Importance of Telling Your Story

July 12th, 2017

What separates people who are able to gain and maintain the attention of the public from those who cannot? Is it technical skill? Is it great publicity? Is it connections? Those are all important, but if there's one …

74: The Six Benefits of Being Early

July 4th, 2017

If there's one thing we've realized during our travels across the country to perform in various cities and venues, it's that very rarely do events …

73: How Managers Choose Talent

June 28th, 2017

Although most creative people are always in the hunt for management and personnel to help them accomplish their dreams, very few stop to ask themselves what management is looking for in the talent they choose to work …

72: Dealing With Rejection

June 20th, 2017

Although we are often told stories of success and conquest from people we see around us, we are rarely told about the other side of the coin, which …

71: The High Price of Free Work

June 13th, 2017

In an industry where the internet has caused prices of every product and service to drop tremendously due to more competition, getting things for free seems to be the next logical step. In fact, the internet has dropped …

70: Rules That Help Producers

June 6th, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we did an episode called "Rules That Hurt Producers" where we talked about ten unspoken rules that hurt hip-hop producers. This …

69: The How and Why of Making Music Videos

May 30th, 2017

This week a music video directed by Blueprint, produced by DJ Criminal, and featuring Illogic will be released. As a collaboration between people …

68: Rules That Hurt Producers

May 24th, 2017

Last week Illogic posed a question on Twitter about whether or not producers should use kits from other people to make beats that started some …

67: The Benefits of Sobriety

May 16th, 2017

On the day that Blueprint celebrates seven years sober and illogic tries to quit smoking again, the most infamous podcast decided to talk about what …

66: Everybody Hates Print

May 9th, 2017

As with most things in life, the internet has it's ups and downs--not only in terms of content, but also in terms of the way people are treated. Blueprint himself learned this first hand after one of his tweets about …

65: The Power of An Apology

May 2nd, 2017

Being the imperfect human beings we are, it's inevitable that we get into conflict with each other from time to time. But after the smoke clears and the beef has ended, the first order of business is figuring out who …

64: Life After Losing Your Creative Catalog

April 25th, 2017

One of the worst feelings any artist can experience is losing their entire creative catalog due to circumstances beyond their control. Whether it's …

63: Dating Uncreative People

April 18th, 2017

While dating in this day and age is not easy for anybody, it's even more complicated for creative people. The trouble lies in the fact that creative people tend to be quirky and see the world differently than most of …

62: Finding Inspiration Outside of Music

April 12th, 2017

While music can be an amazing source of inspiration for all of us, there are many times when it fails to deliver on the type of consistent inspiration we need in our lives. In fact, some of the subject matter in music …

61: The Best Hip-Hop in Hollywood

April 4th, 2017

Sparked by Blueprint announcing that he is putting the finishing touches on his first movie, a conversation about the relationship between hip-hop …

60: Why Hip-Hop Needs Adult Rappers

March 28th, 2017

How old is too old to be involved in hip-hop? If you let the hip-hop press tell it, anything over 25 years old is probably considered over the hill. …

59: Ten Reasons Rappers Have Bad Performances

March 21st, 2017

If you've been to a rap show, then chances are you've probably been to a bad rap show. It seems as though no matter how far we advance in terms of knowledge, the level of showmanship in rap shows is always inconsistent. …

58: Was Chance The Rappers Million Dollar Donation a Mistake?

March 15th, 2017

Last week, news emerged of Chicago rapper making a 1 million dollar donation to Chicago Public Schools. People everywhere were unanimously excited …

57: The Violent Side of Online Beef

March 7th, 2017

In most instances, most people don't take the words, threats, or insults from people on-line seriously in this day and age. But there are occasions …

56: How to Lose a Rap Battle

February 28th, 2017

This past weekend, Remy Ma released an intense diss record aimed at Nicki Minaj. The seven-minute track took over the internet and has gotten almost 3 million plays in just two days on Soundcloud alone. Although it's …

55: Why College is a Scam and Why You Should Still Go

February 21st, 2017

Is college worth it? For centuries that question has remained one of the most complicated in human existence. What started as just a casual …

54: The Four Secrets of Seizing Opportunities

February 14th, 2017

It's no surprise that, while calling ourselves the "most infamous" podcast, we are actually very optimistic guys. It's not that we don't see the negativity going on around us, but more that we choose to not give it any …

53: Is Speaking on Social Issues Worth It?

February 7th, 2017

On the heels of one of the biggest upsets in political history, there is understandably more public conversation about politics and social issues …

52: The Birth of a Salesman

January 26th, 2017

If there's one thing creative people love to do, it's creating things. And if there's one thing creative people hate to do, it's selling what they created. For many, the fear of selling themselves and their ideas to …

51: The Past, Present, and Future of Hip-Hop Fisticuffs

January 19th, 2017

To tell the truth, we've been trying to avoid talking about the news of Chris Brown and Soulja Boy agreeing to have a pay-per-view fight for a couple …

50: The Art of Negotiation

January 12th, 2017

It would be an understatement to say that the weakness of most artists and creative people is the realm of business. In fact, it's downright …

49: The Best of 2016

January 5th, 2017

Even though recording an hour-long podcast every week for a year takes a lot of discipline, the classic moments its created has made it all worth it. …

48: Ten Bulletproof Predictions for 2017

December 29th, 2016

It's the end of the year, which means the topic of conversation usually moves towards resolutions or "best of" lists. But we wouldn't be the most …

47: Knowing When To Let Go

December 22nd, 2016

Whether it's family, friendships, or romantic partners--relationships can be difficult. One of the main reasons for that difficulty is the balancing …

46: The Difference Between Retiring and Quitting

December 15th, 2016

It almost goes without saying that the internet has created an environment where artists are blowing up faster than ever. This is seen as a positive thing, but the downside is that we now have more frustrated artists …

45: The Importance of Ownership

December 8th, 2016

Although the discussion of art in the media tends to center around the quality of the art itself, very rarely is the topic of ownership brought up. Well, this week the most infamous podcast on planet earth dives deep …

44: How to Approach People You Want To Work With

December 1st, 2016

Whether it's somebody with a household name or a local celebrity, we all come across people we want to meet and work with. The problem, is how do we …

43: The Return of the Native Tongues

November 17th, 2016

Although groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest were mainstays of hip-hop's golden era from the late 80's & early 90's, both groups fell …

42: Ten Ways to Guarantee Nobody Books You

November 10th, 2016

While in Florida playing some shows for the the past week, I decided to record a special episode with my friend and fellow artist Swamburger of the …

41: How to Maintain Friendships During Conflict

October 27th, 2016

While conflict between competing rappers is a relatively common occurrence in hip-hop these days, it's much more rare to see two friends air their dirty laundry in public. Well, not this week as Kanye West returned to …

40: Does Work-Life Balance Really Exist?

October 20th, 2016

One of the most difficult balancing acts in life is between our personal lives and our careers. A decision to focus primarily on work usually forces …

39: What the Average American Thinks about Hip-Hop

October 13th, 2016

It goes without saying that we love hip-hop music from the bottom of our hearts. We grew up on it and watched it grow from an underground culture to …

38: How to Find Your Lost Creativity

September 29th, 2016

We've received a lot of great feedback for our recent episode where we listed five short books creative people need to read. This week the most infamous podcast on planet earth speaks about creativity again, but this …

37: Do Black Lives Really Matter in Hip-Hop?

September 22nd, 2016

As the debate about the importance of lives (black, white, blue, all, etc.) continues to cause tension across the nation, Blueprint and Illogic decide to have a conversation about the moral conflict and seemingly …

36: Five Short Books Creative People Need to Read

September 15th, 2016

Anybody that has listened to the Super Duty Tough Work podcast for a while knows that Blueprint likes to read. But even though we've occasionally spoken on books in the past, we've never dove all the way in until now. …

35: Respect Your Elders

September 8th, 2016

Legendary hip-hop producer Pete Rock found himself involved in some drama this week for saying rappers Lil Yachty and Young Dolf were wack rappers. …

34: What Can Hip-Hop Do About the Violence in Chicago?

September 1st, 2016

While the violence in Chicago has been a constant in the news for the past couple of years, this week it took an unexpected step up in visibility by …

33: Six Ways to Sidestep the Sample Police

August 18th, 2016

Since it's inception, sampling has always been a part of hip-hop music. And, from it's inception, there has always been a troubled and complicated relationship between those who sample and those who own rights to what's …

32: How to Avoid Social Media Burnout

August 11th, 2016

For better or worse, social media has forever changed the world that we live in. In fact, having a social media presence on at least one of the …

31: Ten Ways to Promote Your Music Without Shooting Yourself in the Face

August 4th, 2016

A couple weeks back, a story surfaced about an aspiring rapper from Indiana shooting himself in the face live on Facebook as an attempt to bring …

30: The Reality Show Death Trap

July 28th, 2016

Over the last ten to fifteen years, reality shows have taken over almost every network on television. This recent explosion in popularity has led …

29: Loose Lips Sink Ships

July 21st, 2016

In a genre like hip-hop, which prides itself on traits like braggadocio and being the loudest, moving in silence is very rare. Unfortunately, the …

28: The Dark Side of the Club

July 12th, 2016

For better or worse, the night club has become the epicenter of modern hip-hop; a place that you hear referenced in the majority of hip-hop songs. …

27: The Grown Man’s Guide to Getting Things Done

June 23rd, 2016

As artists who release great music at a high pace, one of the most common questions we receive is, "How do you get so much done?" Well, in this episode of the most infamous (and informative) hip-hop podcast on planet …

26: How to Get Signed and How it Can Go Wrong

June 16th, 2016

There are two topics that you rarely hear artists speak candidly about: how they got signed and how getting singed went wrong. Well, in this episode of the dopest podcast on planet earth, Blueprint & co-host Illogic …

25: Thinking With Your Own Mind

June 7th, 2016

After missing last week due to Blueprint being at the Soundset festival, the most infamous podcast on planet earth returns. This week we chop it up with co-host Illogic about his upcoming album "A Man Who Thinks With …

24: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

May 25th, 2016

In this week's episode of Super Duty Tough Work, the most infamous podcast on planet earth tackles a topic that's rarely discussed by the hip-hop media--responsibility. Is it just entertainment, or are entertainers …

23: How to Release Music Independently in 2016

May 17th, 2016

As Blueprint prepares to release his upcoming Vigilante Genesis on May 27th, we thought it might be a good idea to change things up and have him break down exactly what goes into promoting and releasing music …

22: The Long Arm of The Lawsuit

May 5th, 2016

It's hard to deny that as hip-hop grows larger and larger, more money is being made from everybody involved. Unfortunately, it's also true that where …

21: Top Ten Reasons Why Nobody Respecks Birdman's Name

April 28th, 2016

Since Birdman's now notorious interview on The Breakfast Club last week, the internet has been full of memes centering around the most memorable line …

20: A Tribute to the Art of Hip-Hop Story Telling

April 21st, 2016

This morning Blueprint announced that his latest release, the Vigilante Genesis EP, will be released on May 27th and is produced entirely by Aesop Rock. One of the details Blueprint has dropped about the record is that …

19: How to Travel Without Killing Yourself and Everybody Else

April 14th, 2016

With spring in the air and people doing more traveling than ever, the most infamous podcast on planet earth decided to put together a list of 10 Tips that we've learned the hard way in our 15 years of touring and …

18: Hip-Hop Mom of the Year

April 7th, 2016

The topic of fatherhood is one that rarely comes up in hip-hop, unless it is via the many stories about rappers either owing back child support or being absentee fathers altogether. These stories tend to take the focus …

17: When Keeping it Fake Goes Wrong

March 31st, 2016

We've all seen what can happen when a rapper's attempt at keeping it REAL goes wrong, but this week we've seen a new phenomenon in hip-hop--when keeping it FAKE goes wrong! This week the most infamous hip-hop podcast …

16: The Brilliance of A Tribe Called Quest and Phife Dawg

March 24th, 2016

Hip-hoppers worldwide were saddened to hear the news that rapper Phife Dawg of the group A Tribe Called Quest passed away today at just 45 years old. …

15: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Side of Rappers Endorsing Politicians

March 17th, 2016

As this election year gets into full swing, more and more rappers seem to be endorsing politicians than ever before. In this episode, the most …

14: Watch Out For the TIDAL Wave

March 3rd, 2016

In this episode, we dive deep into the multiple stories that have been in the news this week regarding TIDAL, the streaming music service owned by …

13: Five Examples That Rappers Don't Understand Money

February 25th, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the latest epidemic in hip-hop--rappers going broke! From lawsuits, to spending a million dollars on Uber, to selling …

12: The Ten Best and Worst Contributions of Kanye West

February 18th, 2016

Just as we did last week, we decided to change the format this week. Instead of talking about what almost every hip-hop news outlet is talking about--Kanye West's new album The Life of Pablo--we decided to take a step …

11: Top Ten Music Industry Changes of Last Ten Years

February 11th, 2016

After realizing how drastically the music industry has transformed over the last ten years, Blueprint and co-host Illogic decide to change up the format and create a top ten list of these fascinating changes (many of …

10: What Lies Behind the Curtain

February 3rd, 2016

Once again, Blueprint is joined by special guest co-host Illogic on the most infamous podcast in podcasting history, Super Duty Tough Work. This week we discuss how to get your hip-hop feng shui right, what rappers …

09: The Beef Business

January 28th, 2016

This week the most infamous podcast in hip-hop, Super Duty Tough Work, addresses the recent rash of odd hip-hop beefs, how beef has changed …

08: I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News

January 21st, 2016

The most infamous podcast on planet earth, Super Duty Tough Work, is back again featuring special guest co-host Illogic. In this episode we discuss fake drug addicts, retiring vs quitting, blowfly stories, and even …

07: The Kickstarter Blues

January 13th, 2016

After a brief haitus, the most infamous podcast on planet earth, Super Duty Tough Work is back on the scene! This week Blueprint is joined by special guest co-host and indie rap phenom, Illogic. As always, the co-host …

06: Papa's Got A Brand New Van!

September 9th, 2015

After a quick little post-tour hiatus, the most infamous podcast this side of the Mississippi is back with a vengeance! Corrections: Print was referring to Rocky Marciano not rapper Roc Marciano as having an …

05: The King No Crown Tour Awards Show

August 10th, 2015

In this episode, we recap the King No Crown tour and give out awards to our favorite cities, biggest surprises, best promoters, and worst/best soundmen! Yall know!

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04: I'm Just Not Built For Jail

July 28th, 2015

Episode 04 of the most infamous podcast in the history of podcasting, Super Duty Tough Work, featuring Blueprint (aka Printnificence) and DJ Rare Groove. Y'all know!! Download it..

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03: Tough Love

July 8th, 2015

Episode 03 of the most infamous podcast in podcasting history, Super Duty Tough Work, featuring Blueprint & DJ Rare Groove.

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02: Write The Check

June 22nd, 2015

Episode 02, "Write the Check"

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01: Ganstas in Blouses

June 22nd, 2015

Episode one of Super Duty Tough Work, which was really the first demo we recorded for the podcast to see if the idea had any legs on it.

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