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Blueprint talks on coping with the new reality of sampling

June 3, 2012

Indie producer and rapper Blueprint has been in the scene and making noise in the midwest for some time. He’s also been around long enough to see how the business and craft of creating hip-hop music has been changed by non-creative and money-driven forces, like those that have expanded the reach of sampling laws. The aggressive pursuing of intellectual property damages has affected hip-hop and the people he knows that make beats and records—people like Mr. Lif, his partner in Soul Position, RJD2, and Atmosphere, and has completely caused him to reevaluate how he makes his living. So on the eve of his own record release for Rhymesayers, Adventures in Counter-Culture, he puts out an interesting little documentary vignette about how he has dealt with the changes. I’m personally not sure how I feel about this, while I’m glad to see any artist expand their repertoire and start experimenting with live instrumentation, for him to feel he needs to be forced to this new style because of rabid lawyers leaves a bad taste in the mouth, to say the least.

posted: June 3rd, 2012, 10:40am



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