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Blueprint's highly anticipated sophomore release Adventures in Counter-Culture finds him focusing on the unexpected while experimenting heavily with his musical past. First trained in his church choir, Print played in R&B bands in high school and later developed a rep as a standout rapper. Here, he experiments with the synths, keyboards, and drum machines that connected the musical ... Read more in Amazon's Blueprint Store

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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhymesayers
  • ASIN: B0007UVX1I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Blueprint, Weightless frontman and half of Ohio dynamic duo Soul Position returns with his solo album, 1988. 1988 pays homage to the beats, breaks and themes of possibly the most revered year in Hip Hop, 1988! Rhymesayers. 2005.

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Definitely one of 2005's best albums so far...
WJvS
Everything about this album makes you want to listen to it more.
Onc
The beat is tight and the lyrics are very old-school.
Alan Pounds

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on March 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As usual, Rhymesayers Entertainment doesn't disappoint. I've been anxiously awaiting this release for awhile. "1988 pays homage to the beats, breaks and themes of possibly the most revered year in Hip Hop, 1988" (description from Rhymesayers.com). Sure, all MCs have been heavily influenced by the golden age of hip-hop. A time when every record was groundbreaking. A time when styles were invented with each release. Everything that made those albums brilliant, has been captured beautifully on Blueprint's "1988". Lyrics were on the forefront of classic hip-hop albums, which is apparent on "1988" as well. The revolutionary advances in turntablism on albums such as Eric B. & Rakim's "Follow The Leader", and Public Enemy's "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" may seem a bit tame to new age ears. Blueprint uses samples and scratching very reminiscent of that time, and still keeps the beats fresh with the bells and whistles 2005 has to offer. Aside from that, Blueprint's dynamite flow is very old-school. It should also be pointed out that he wrote, produced and recorded nearly this entire record. Blueprint definitely has the tools and personality to do the golden age of hip-hop justice.

The thing that makes this album so reminiscent of the year 1988, are the stories, and riveting social commentary. Here's the play by play:

1. Introduction - a nice 30 sec. intro

2. Anything Is Possible - Starts of with an old Rick Ruben beat (LL Cool J, I think), Everything about this song is old school, but were still in the introduction area.

3. 1988 - This song is one of my favorites. The beat is tight and the lyrics are very old-school. He takes on that cocky "battle me" B-Boy quite well.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Misik on May 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Nice album...I enjoyed.

Kill Me First samples a piece of classical music (a Prelude by Rachmaninoff), which I very much appreciated.
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Blueprint is one of the very few artists that wears his heart on his sleeve and just gives it his all every time he laces a mic. Thankfully, more times than not this results in fantastic wordplay, humourous anticdotes+stories and ferocious flows when he's in battle-mode. As the title "1988" suggests, Blueprint attempts to recreate the "golden era" of real hiphop and for the most part he suceeds hands down. Tracks like "anything is possible", "1988" (my favourite), "inner-city native son", "tramp" (hilarious), "big girls need love too" and "fresh" make this release a must have for any Rhymesayers/real hiphop fan!! Other highlights were "kill me 1st", "trouble on my mind", "liberated" and its hidden bonus track "common sense". Infact FOR ME the only downers on this were "boombox" "lo-fi funk" and "where's ya girlfriend at?". Apart from that its phat from start to finish. Go pick it up, you wont be disapointed.
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I'm not a "paid" reviewer, I just went to the CD Release party and bought the cd because a friend told me to. Thank goodness.

It was one of the best concerts I've ever heard in my life! The CD made it that much better. I have to say that Tramp and Big Girls Need Love Too are my two favorite tracks off of this disk.

Can't wait to see The Lab Rats and Blue Print at Comfest 05!
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Blueprint is one of my favorite rapper's, and this album has some of his illest tracks. I highly recommend it
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By Bryce Norman on October 8, 2014
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Not as amazing as the work of his label-mates Atmosphere or Brother Ali (not to mention like minded types signed to Definitive Jux, Anticon, and others) but still solid and fun; the way hip-hop was supposed to be.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will J. on April 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
1988? What a great year...even though I was only two and can't remember it. I have gone back and coped the albums from hip hop's "Golden Age". Blueprint is a true b-boy, he knows his history and he ain't afraid to show it. Blueprint covers all the topics from 88 whether it's political consciousness (Liberated), battle rap's (1988), story telling (Inner City Native Son) or the braggadocio that so many of those original emcees had. Along with the lyrics print's got the beats to and he delivers an album that shows plenty of influences form the golden age but still includes the modern day twist on it. This album is fluid and amazing. Sitting here listening to it now I realize that compared to current hot albums this album is ages ahead even though he went age's behind to create it, a true masterpiece.
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By P. Flores on January 26, 2008
Format: Audio CD
excellent album, 5 stars and most guys here already summed it up for me, can't believe some people actually gave it 1 star, c'mon now.
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