Speaking with HipHopDX about his upcoming album Respect the Architect, Ohio emcee Blueprint opened up about his battle with alcoholism, telling the website that he hopes to share his experience with others so as to show them they are not alone in their struggles:
“I’m not proud of any of that stuff, but I’m very open about it so other people can know they’re not alone. I want people to know they can have meaningful social lives and careers without alcohol, if they choose. Some people can handle alcohol like that. I realized I couldn’t and had to stop.”
Blueprint also said learning to conduct his social life sans alcohol was difficult:
“I was just taking it one day at a time in the beginning, trying to see how long I could go without it. I had to figure out how to have an active social life without alcohol and unlearn all the bad habits I had developed over the years of dependence. After I was sober about a month, I started seeing such a big change in my physical and mental state that I knew I had to keep it going. From there I started to gain momentum and now here I am [sober].”
Blueprint’s honesty about the dangers of alcohol abuse is refreshing, not to mention something both unusual and needed in the hip hop landscape. If you haven’t checked out the title track for Respect the Architect, make sure to do so.