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Five ways attending Friday’s Beach Party in Great Falls will make you a better person

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Blueprint poster 1If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to make yourself a more complete, more cultured a person. You may have read a few books, talked to a few professionals, or maybe even traveled to a few of the far-flung corners of the world to help improve your idea of what makes you tick in addition to following the ever-relevant motto “don’t be an asshole.”

Now that I’ve got your attention, keep reading to find out how by attending Friday’s show at Machinery Row featuring Blueprint, DJ Rare Groove and Hell City Kitty, you can become a better person.

5. Hip hop can heal you, so come be healed

Yeah, you read that right. Hip hop can help you get past pain in your life if you let it.

According to Robert T Muller, Ph.D in this 2014 article in Psychology Today, two groups, Blueprint for Life and Hip Hop Psychology, have started using hip hop, and by extension hip hop culture, to allow people to, “use the tenets of hip hop to express themselves creatively and authentically, emphasizing the individual’s connection to the community, creating an egalitarian relationship between the therapist and the client, and developing an experiential therapeutic process that draws connections between moods, emotions, and movements.”

The Blueprint for Life, no relation to the rapper Blueprint, in particular helps children, “share their stories of abuse and begin their journey toward the path of healing. They then put these stories into verse, where, with the help of Canada’s top street poets, this poetry is shared on the final day of the program.”

While there’s a difference between going to a hip hop show and being surrounded by trained professionals using hip hop as a catalyst, nothing says that we as individuals cannot also use hip hop, and/or poetry, as a way to help move on from our grief. You could, theoretically, listen to Blueprint on Friday, and feel inspired to write your own rap or poem in a method that works the best for you.

Plus, you can take comfort in the fact that Blueprint the rapper uses some of the most interesting verses in the spirit of a group such as Atmosphere. With lyrics such as “I spit a blade laced carol cause life’s a barrel of charlatans,” or “I value time too much to be around certain people, Let ‘em pad each other on the back and stroke each other’s ego, Take all the credit for success that might meet you, But when the blame is passed they don’t wanna share that equal” you can be sure there will be plenty of opportunities to be inspired.

4. You’ll be supporting independent artists just by showing up

Hell City Kitty
Hell City Kitty

Corporatism seems to be everywhere these days. When you turn on the TV you’re infiltrated with ads from some of the biggest conglomerations in the world trying to sell you their latest products. Corporatism has spread into music, as well, with the big industry giants still out there choosing who they’re going to make into a megastar and who will get left on their own, a selection that rarely is made by who’s the most talented. Instead it usually comes down to who’s the most willing to become whatever the big shots want them to be to make them “marketable.”

That could mean changing genres, changing your look, changing your name, changing your backstory, changing anything and everything to become the “perfect” star.

The point of all this is that with all this corporate influence in the world today, there’s still chances to fight back and help the little guy. Attending Friday’s show, for instance, is one way you can do that.

Blueprint is an independent rapper from Columbus, Ohio. He’s part of Rhymesayers Entertainment, an indie hip hop record label from Minneapolis, Minn., founded in 1995.

In addition to Blueprint, showing up on Friday also will help one of our local openers, Hell City Kitty. They’re even more of an independent band with no record label. They’re still working on releasing their debut self-published album. They’re raising money on GoFundMe here, to help release the new album soon.

If you’re like me and you want to support independent music in every sense of the word, you can say you did just that on Friday.

3. You’ll also be supporting the local LGBT community

LGBT 1Tyson and Sara Habein, the two promoters of this show, also had a large part in the creation of the Open Definition: Great Falls LGBT + Allies group here in town.

This event will be under the Open Definition umbrella, so simply by showing up you can say that you’ve been supporting the local LGBT community, which in turn can make you seem like a progressive person who cares about equality. Of course there’s always more you can do, but it’s a start at least. For more information, check out the Open Definition’s Facebook page.

2. It’s outside so you can work on getting a super tan

This one’s pretty self explanatory. If you haven’t been to a show on the Machinery Row patio, it’s a quaint space with lots of charm and good acoustics. Sitting out there is one of the best ways to get a nice summer tan going.

1. It’s a perfect opportunity to broaden your cultural horizons

Hip hop and Montana at first glance don’t seem to have a lot in common. However, be that as it may, there’s been some rappers big and small such as Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs in Harmony, Aesop Rock, and others, who have performed in front of sold-out audiences in different places across Montana.

Maybe you’ve never heard Blueprint, but you like underground hip hop. Maybe you don’t really care for hip hop but you’re willing to give it one last chance to change your mind.

Words can only say so much, however, in conclusion I’ll leave several of Blueprint’s top tracks here below, which you can listen to at your own perusal.

Tickets to Friday’s show are $5 in advance, $10 at the door. You can purchase advanced tickets by calling Tyson Habein at 217-5331.

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