Blueprint readying for a big year

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

In an October 2012 interview with Alive, local rapper Blueprint discussed how his numerous side projects (Soul Position, Illogic, Greenhouse, etc.) had distracted from his solo career, and he promised to rededicate himself to his own material moving forward.

"I'm just going to push myself and see what happens," he said at the time.

It's safe to say the MC has kept his word.

In a recent blog post, Blueprint, born Albert Shepard, detailed the numerous releases he expects to surface over the next year.

First up is his third book, tentatively titled "What a Night," a work inspired at least in part by a Twitter conversation about the worst shows of his career.

The rapper also said he finished work on the follow-up to his last proper solo effort, 2011's Adventures in Counter-Culture, and he hopes to release the new album sometime "in the first half of 2014."

Finally, he detailed a pair of collaborations currently underway: A still-untitled project with San Francisco rapper Aesop Rock ("It's written and recorded … [and] now we're putting the finishing touches on it") and his third LP with Columbus-raised DJ RJD2 (a.k.a. Ramble John Krohn) under the Soul Position umbrella. The pair's last album, Things Go Better with RJ and AL, was released way back in 2006.