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Blueprint Biography

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Birth Name: Albert Shepard
Birth Place: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Years Active: 1999 - Present
Genres: Hip Hop

Blueprint was born Albert Shepard and is an American rapper and hip-hop producer from Columbus, Ohio. He is the founder and owner of Weightless Recordings and is also signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Blueprint is also an active member of the group Soul Position with producer RJD2, and a member of the rap group Greenhouse Effect, which currently consists of himself and Illogic.

Once Blueprint discovered hip-hop music in elementary school he began to rap and rhyme all day long, in high school he would freestyle for his friends, but it was college that truly cemented Blueprint’s love for hip-hop music and his desire to be taken seriously as an artist. Exposed to the rap/hip-hop scene through open mike nights, MC challenges and friends who moved in this world Blueprint began to shape his style and craft his musical expression as an art form. It was during this time that Blueprint met lyricists, Inkwel and Manifest, who would all later form the Greenhouse Effect.

As a member of Greenhouse Effect, Blueprint first experienced the public’s attention. With his complex narratives, rhyme-battling punch lines and humor, Blueprint’s popularity began to grow. In 1999 Blueprint and his Greenhouse cohorts founded Weightless Recordings and released their first EP “Up To Speed.” Since then Blueprint has released seven records with Greenhouse Effect, one EP and two albums with RJD2 as Soul Position, in addition to eight solo releases.

Blueprint is highly regarded among his peers in independent rap circles and his musical contributions to the field have been well received among critics and fans alike. Media attention showered Blueprint with his first two albums, “The Weightroom” and “Chamber Music,” both of which were released in 2003 and 2004 on Weightless Recordings. “The Weightroom” featured several collaborators with other prominent hip-hop/DJ’s/rap artists, while “Chamber Music” featured left-field hip-hop instrumentals. In essence, both albums demonstrated Blueprint’s complex original productions and communicated to his audience his musical versatility with the use of minor keys, dark piano, and string chords.

In 2005 Blueprint’s “1988,” achieved the most notable success of his solo career, however, it has been Blueprints collaborations over the years that have raised his profile as an artist and his work with both Greenhouse Effect and Soul Position are some of his most memorable and influential musical efforts to date.