Hip Hop His Way


Blueprint. Photo by Bridget Brown
Blueprint. Photo by Bridget Brown

Columbus, Ohio-based emcee Blueprint, aka Albert Shepard, doesn’t pull any punches. Never the type to pepper an album with radio-ready “bangers,” Shepard is an artist who creates for himself. His lyrics are incredibly personal and real-to-life, sometimes isolating the casual listener because, let’s face it, most of us go to great lengths to avoid truly knowing ourselves.

Not Shepard. Soul-baring is an essential part of the package.

Having worked alongside renown producer RJD2 in Soul Position, as well as releasing solo records via Rhymesayers, Blueprint has collaborated with a multitude of artists including Aesop Rock, Eyedea & Abilities and Atmosphere.

Despite watching his peers achieve more mainstream success, Shepard seems undaunted. He continues crafting artful hip hop for his rabid fans. His new record, King No Crown (out now on his own Weightless Records), effortlessly ties together a 15-plus-year career of hip hop done Blueprint’s way, showcasing his skill as producer, musician, engineer and wordsmith.

Supastition, DJ Rare Groove and local rappers Sammy Warm Hands, The Architex and Ogar Burl join Blueprint 10 pm Wednesday, July 1, at Luckey’s; $5. 21-plus.