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Blueprint Respect The Architect
Blueprint Respect The Architect

Blueprint Returns With "Respect The Architect" [Video Premiere]

Blueprint Respect The Architect

Albert Shepard AKA Blueprint has been off the radar for a while, but the Columbus-based rapper and frequent RJD2 collaborator is back on the scanner with a new LP. Respect the Architect is due to drop on April 22nd on Weightless Recordings and Okayplayer is very happy to bring you the exclusive premiere of the disc's first music video. "Respect The Architect," the title track and lead single off the LP is equal parts brooding and bombast and the visuals are a perfect fit. In the clip Blueprint plays a stealthy mugger whose weapon of choice is an MPC. Knocking out unlucky cratediggers with an Akai to the dome, the rapper prowls streets and dark alleys chasing down records for his own studio lab. Blueprint's audio production is on-point on the new cut--soaring strings collide with extra dry trip-hop drums to keep things spooky and cinematic and the hook's big horn hits give it all a crime caper vibe.

Blueprint's entire career has been a kind of left-of-center quest outside of rap's mainstream (the Weightless artist is a Rhymesayers alum), but Respect The Architect will give fans a much more classic flavor. The past work of RZA, Public Enemy, and Gang Starr all set the tone for the new disc, which is one of hip-hop's sly students paying homage to the old greats. The lyricism of "Respect The Architect" though is classic Blueprint. One verse has the MC waxing poetic about his own place in the hip-hop hierarchy:

You can find many rappers more complicated / but not many if any higher nominated / I'm at the top waitin, my album top rated / the brightest rap stars not in my constellation

After Respect The Architect drops next month Blueprint will take off on a massive tour that will hit over fifty cities with support from Count Bass D and DJ Rare Groove. Scope tour flyer and full dates below:


Saturday April 26th - Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness

Thursday May 1st - Evansville, IN @ PG

Friday May 2nd - Huntington, WV @ V Club

Saturday May 3rd - Asheville, NC @ Timo’s House

Sunday May 4th - Raleigh @ Deep South

Monday May 5th - Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor

Tuesday May 6th - Nashville, TN @ Exit In

Wednesday May 7th - Atlanta, GA @ 529

Friday May 9th - Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar

Saturday May 10th – Miami Springs, FL @ The Catalyst

Sunday May 11th - Tampa/Dunedin, FL @ The Dunedin Brewery

Monday May 12th - St. Augustine, FL @ Shanghai Knobby’s

Wednesday May 14th - Winter Haven, FL @ Jesse’s Lounge

Thursday May 15th - Lake Worth, FL @ The Speak Easy

Friday May 16th - Orlando, FL @ The Peacock Room

Saturday, May 17th - Fort Myers Beach, FL @ Nervous Nellie’s

Tuesday May 20th - Fort Worth, TX @ Lola’s

Thursday May 22nd - San Antonio, TX @ Fitzgeralds

Friday May 23rd - Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain

Sunday May 25th - Sante Fe, NM @ Warehouse 21

Monday May 26th - Denver, CO @ The Roxy

Tuesday May 27th - Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi’s Half Note

Thursday May 29th - Flagstaff, AZ @ Flagstaff Brewing Company

Friday May 30th - Salt Lake City @ Bar Deluxe

Saturday May 31st - Ketchum, ID @ Whiskey Jacques

Tuesday June 3rd - Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar

Weds June 4th - Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar

Thursday June 5th - Santa Cruz @ Moes

Friday June 6th - San Francisco, CA @ Milk Bar

Saturday June 7th - Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman

Weds June 11th - Eugene, OR @ Luckey’s

Thursday June 12th - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre Lounge

Friday June 13th - Juneau, AK @ Rockwell

Saturday June 14th - Sitka, AK @ Bayview Pub

Sunday June 15th - Seattle, WA @ The Nectar Lounge

Tuesday June 17th - Whitefish, MT @ Crush Lounge

Wednesday June 18th - Missoula, MT @ Stage 112

Thursday June 19th - Great Falls, MT @ Machinery Row

Friday June 20th - Bozeman, MT @ Zebra Cocktail

Saturday June 21st - Minot, ND @ Souris River Brewery

Sunday June 22nd - Fargo, ND @ The Nestor

Tuesday June 24th - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

Wednesday June 25th - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

Thursday June 26th - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room