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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 that creative people face when dating people who aren't involved in the creative arts. This time around we're speaking about what it's like to date ambitious people, why it's so different from dating regu…
 
For decades, Robert Keating had been searching for his birth mother with no success... Until an unlikely encounter with a customer at his pet store, and a 19th century painting, provided the clues he needed to find her. PLUS, writer Ivan Coyote on the moment their grandmother, even in the midst of her late stage dementia, made Ivan feel fully seen.…
 
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 sit down to speak about his brand new collaborative album Vangarde with producer Stu Bangas. It's been a long time since we've don…
 
In 2002, Bob Kerr made a grand romantic gesture that was so downright embarrassing, it still makes him cringe. Now, nearly 20 years later, Bob is reaching back out to his ex-girlfriend Zoey, to find out what she really thought of his bid to win her heart… and learns the script is never what you think it is. PLUS, In 1999, Pasha Malla and Mark Trenw…
 
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 with birthdays and holidays for us. Unfortunately, the excitement of that day doesn't last forever. Eventually, the buzz that we had around our project starts to fade. And when it does the inevitable q…
 
When two librarians in Kelowna B.C. decide to hold Drag Queen Story Hour for kids, they plan everything… from the books about inclusion and diversity that educational assistant Tyson Cook will read while in character as “Miss Freida Whales,” to the rainbow wand-making craft they’ll lead with the kids and the music breaks they’ll take so the kids ca…
 
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 time we feel like we're not charging enough. In this episode of the most infamous podcast on planet earth, we break down six guidelines that should help you the next time you're trying to figure out what to…
 
Two stories about COVID and companionship: Dusty Springfield is the luckiest cat on earth. When COVID-19 hit, Dusty’s owner, Jennifer Yoon, was suddenly home all the time. What a luxury for a rescue cat with abandonment issues! PLUS, Jean Grevstad is an active 91-year-old in a seniors’ residence in Nelson, B.C. Bob Keating meets and spends time wit…
 
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 amounts of time and resources into creating full productions that we hope have a big impact. But other artists aren't so hung up on pe…
 
Super Duty Tough Work is the first ever hip-hop group from Manitoba to be nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. We follow frontman Brendan Kinley, a rapper who draws on the past to make music for the present. Brendan is the youngest in a long family legacy of musicians, including late Juno winner Gerry Atwell and virtuoso pianist Winifred Atwell. …
 
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 listeners to participate in, we reported back with our results and played voice messages from other people who participated in the challenge. It's been a year since then and we are now releasing the pro…
 
In 2012, Trevor Campbell ran away with the sea circus. He joined a floating experiment: “Caravan,” a renegade theatre troupe who sail around in a tall ship, putting on provocative theatre from its deck and riggings. Paul and Nans created the theatre company in the 1970s and captain the ship.In Part 1 of this three part podcast series, we discover t…
 
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 week's episode, we dive deep into the actual costs associated with producing and releasing an album independently, using Illogic's upc…
 
Two stories about the rituals that help us through. First, Eva Voinigescu's Romanian grandparents are obsessed with their own burials — from who their "neighbours" will be to the shoes they plan to wear. They even own more than one potential grave plot, complete with headstones ready to go. But as the coronavirus sets in, Eva reflects on whether th…
 
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 to twitter to voice his dissatisfaction with his recording contract. He posted his contract for all to see, pointing out that even …
 
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 King's Disease, Nas has once again got our attention, but this time for the right reasons. In one album, it appears that Nas has addres…
 
A good canoe trip takes good planning. Don Starkell knew that better than anyone. He spent a whole decade planning for the one he promised his two boys. Then again, he was planning to take them further than anyone had ever paddled before. On June 1, 1980, Don and his teenage sons set off from Winnipeg's Red River, planning to cover a distance of ne…
 
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 artist has the better catalog--Pharaohe Monch or O.C.? But instead of making it a barbershop debate where there is no score and no wi…
 
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 weightless.net. In this episode, Illogic interviews Blueprint about the book and gives our listeners a sneak peak into what to expect from Blueprint's latest offering. L…
 
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 which occurred during young adulthood, due to some unsound decisions we made. Looking back now, we have realized that there are tons of traps for young adults that are disguised as rewards. In this epis…
 
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 to those who have always had plenty of friends, but one of the consequences of living in this new social media age is that it has mad…
 
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 times we lose friends due to our own mistakes. In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic break down the biggest things that kill friends…
 
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 will be successful can cause a lot of anxiety for artists. In this episode, we break down how to deal with artistic anxiety, so your wo…
 
As rappers and producers, we have had the fortunate opportunity to collaborate with other artists, sometimes producing for other rappers and sometimes rapping on other producers tracks. During our experiences in working with other producers, we've noticed many things that they do that are counter-productive to their end goal, which is to get people…
 
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 by large media platforms like entrepreneurship, ownership mentality, sticking together, and hustling for your last name so your chi…
 
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 consistently. As a result, we've got more wack records in our collection than we would ever care to admit. However, there is a silver lining in …
 
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 follow-up to that topic and speaking about the things that rappers could learn from producers. Although they're completely different, there's a lot that could be learned. Let's go! Learn more about your…
 
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 opposite angles. As vocalists, we've been in the spotlight dealing with people. As producers, we've had to play the background and spend countless hours alone. In this episode, we decided to have a con…
 
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 gotten that from hip-hop, we've also gotten a lot more from it. In fact, we've been able to pick up many skills that we otherwise would…
 
Miyawata Dion Stout and Sunny Enkin Lewis are youth climate activists from Winnipeg. Both say they get their drive for justice from their grandmothers: one survived residential school and the other found ways to resist the Nazis. Now, as COVID-19 threatens to derail the climate movement, the young activists are taking cues from their grandmothers a…
 
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 ten books that have helped us over the years artistically and why we recommend you read them. Interestingly enough, none of these books…
 
(Prequel to "Shelter in Place") Think finding housing is hard? Try adding a wheelchair... Sean Towgood has cerebral palsy and has been on a waiting list for supportive housing for four years. He's desperate to move out of his mom's house and into the city to start his adult life. Now, Sean is on a mission to find out where he is on that list, and w…
 
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 short. Artists in general have to be particularly careful about not developing their soft skills because they have to spend so much…
 
Over the last month, the internet has been abuzz with conversation about the "Last Dance" documentary, which chronicles Michael Jordan's final championship run with the Chicago Bulls. One of the biggest conversations has been about Jordans relentless will to win and his drive to push everybody around him to their fullest potential. Some have praise…
 
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 he hasn't even driven yet, bragging and boasting is accepted as normal. However, over the years we've noticed that there are also rap…
 
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 different, if and when, things return to normal, and this will require us to focus our attention on developing a different skillset th…
 
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 DJ Premier vs the Rza battle, live-streaming has captured artist and fans attention and now more artists are going live to broadcast…
 
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 many situations and realities that we probably could have avoided or handled much better if we had an OG to pull our coattails and put us up on game earlier. In this episode, we pull all you newer artists…
 
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