Release Date: Apr 5, 2011
Record label: Rhymesayers Entertainment
Genre(s): Rap, Alternative Rap, Underground Rap
Columbus, Ohio’s Blueprint has delivered some of the most thought-provoking Hip Hop from the underground throughout the 2000s. As one half of Soul Position, ‘Printmatic’s wisdom has permeated his lyrics, while his wide array of production abilities made solo releases like 1988 major bridges in the gap between Technics and iPods. A lover of concept and message, Blueprint’s sophomore Rhymesayers solo, Adventures in Counter-Culture is one of the best examples to date of a talented emcee looking for a call to action and walls to tear down.
Adventures in Counter Culture is focused, to say the least. And it should be—it’s been six years since Blueprint released his classic solo album 1988. It’s not that he hasn’t been busy. The Columbus, Ohio, native is involved with numerous projects, including Soul Position (with RJD2) and Greenhouse Effect (with Illogic), all while making the usual guest spot rounds in the indie hip-hop scene.
As Nas dutifully informed us on "Ether", both KRS-One and Jay-Z made an album called Blueprint. The two of them also penned crucial lines regarding 1988: "fresh for 88, you suckas" introduced Boogie Down Productions' By All Means Necessary, one of many essential records from what's considered the greatest year in hip-hop history. It was also the height of the crack epidemic and Jay's boast that "I'm still spendin' money from 88" inspired many of his peers to back up their hustling résumé with similar claims.