Blueprint "Respect The Architect" Release Date & Cover Art

Blueprint's "Respect The Architect" was reportedly inspired by RZA, Public Enemy and Gang Starr.

Blueprint is set to release Respect the Architect on April 22 through Weightless Recordings. The album is meant to remind listeners of Rap music from the 1990s, according to a press release. 

"Musically inspired by the sounds of sampling pioneers the RZA, Public Enemy, and Gang StarrRespect the Architect is the sound of one of Hip Hop’s most brilliant students looking back to pay homage to past luminaries, while also acknowledging his own veteran status," the press release for the album says. "The album’s tracks are anchored by sampled loops, with little-to-no drums or additional production. With this soulful musical canvas behind him, Print drops his patented no-frills rhymes with bravado and style, all while showcasing why he truly has become one of the architects of independent Hip Hop culture. Print also unveils some of the most personal songs of his career on heartfelt tracks 'Silver Lining' and 'Perspective.'" 

Blueprint's Respect the Architect is scheduled to include appearances by Illogic, Count Bass D and Midaz the Beast. 

This album's sample-heavy theme is a reflection of Blueprint's appreciation for the production style. In 2011, Blueprint spoke with HipHopDX about sampling. "There's nothing like a good sample because it's all there for you, [but] it still takes a good ear to hear it," he said at the time. "Ultimately, I'd like to see sampling come back, but I think it's gonna come back in a form where guys are just real renegades about it. They just take what they want and ultimately just make the music free. And I think that will probably be the only way that we can kind of take it back to where it was, is to say 'You know, if you guys are gonna sue us for this, then we're just gonna make it free.' And hopefully, it being free will reduce the lawsuits and allow guys to be creative and still reach the people [they] want to reach with it." 

The cover art for Respect the Architect can be found below, along with a teaser for the project.


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  • Anonymous

    There arent too many artists who can say they release as much content as Curren$y, and the rare few who can cant claim the quality of music released by New Orleans native son. While his partner in rhyme, Wiz Khalifa, has fallen back temporarily with fatherhood, for Curren$y its remained business as usual. For the release of The Drive In Theatre, Curren$y has again turned to his partnership with BitTorrent for the release. While previous releases through BitTorrent have met unfavorable reviews, the consistency displayed on The Drive In Theatre makes for one of the more solid projects dropped by Curren$y in some time. To a certain extent, the quality of a Curren$y project can be predicted based on the production. When Curren$y locks in with one producer (or, for the most part one producer) you get Curren$y at his best (See the Pilot Talk series, Covert Coup, This Aint No Mixtape and Cigarette Boats). When Curren$y works with multiple producers with big names sprinkled in (see New Jet City, The Stoned Immaculate), its hit or miss. While Thelonious Martin only handles half of the production, the tracks in between those (half of which are produced by Cardo) never stray from the albums smooth vibe, even when speeding up the tempo, which fits Curren$y perfectly. Even when Cardo brings the bass for the bouncy 10 Gs it still fits within Spittas wheelhouse; giving off a vibe of earlier Monsta Beatz tracks from This Aint No Mixtape. On El Camino, up and comer DJ Kariu provides a faster-paced head-nodding track, reminiscent of Ski Beatz Life Under the Scope. When classic Curren$y moments arent being recreated, Thelonious Martin is providing soundscapes reminiscent of early 90s Hip Hop. The beat on E.T. not only works for Curren$y, but finds B Real sounding just as at home. As for Curren$ys rhymes, he provides what his fans have come to expect from him. Pop culture references including Cooley High (Smoother than Cochise jumper, they wouldnt a killed him, hed a been a muthafucka), clever metaphors (She like why you do that / She like how I do that, wanna know when Im due back / Cant harness the lightening, or predict when its striking), and of course, a decent amount of raps about grinding, weed, and Chevys. On Vintage Vineyard, Curren$y opens the track describing a meeting of millionaires enjoying life, plotting moves for advancement; where he exists now, then without warning, flips right back to a murder scene in New Orleans; where hes from. The transition is smooth, seeming almost effortless, due in part mostly to the mesh between Curren$ys flow, and the track. Throughout The Drive In Theatre, that aforementioned mesh is almost constant. While promoted as the sequel to New Jet City, The Drive In Theatre isnt a sequel in the continuation sense, more in the this came after the last one, and we fixed everything that was wrong sense. Outside of the movie excerpts in between tracks (New Jack City on New Jet City, The Godfather on The Drive In Theatre), the two projects have very little in common. The Drive In Theatre is classic Curren$y type instrumentation, properly placed features and Curren$y being Curren$y. The Drive In Theatre is a project Curren$y fans can celebrate, and non-Curren$y fans might want to give a couple listens to.

  • nuc

    in Nas voice ... " just sounds stupid, when RAN REED already made an album called RESPECT THE ARCHITECT " ah well, 'No Ideas Original' in Hiphop at this point. Let's hope its dope.

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