When: Sat., June 16, 9 p.m. 2018
The first time I heard Blueprint was around 2003, when the Columbus, Ohio, rapper appeared on the Mars iLL track “Planes and Trains.” “I was born at a time when you earned respect / for the rhyme and the way you made words connect / not the money that you made or the girls you sexed / a concept you obviously haven’t heard of yet.” Blueprint rapped over the laid-back mid-tempo beat. With a tone in his voice like he was rapping directly to me, it was in that moment that I understood that Blueprint was a real lyricist, not just some rapper spouting bars to hear himself talk. There was a lesson, a story and a conviction to make sure his point was clearly articulated. To hear a great lyricist, don’t miss this show.