MCs mention ‘88 in songs more than any other year in history. But as countless acts reminisce about arguably the greatest year in hip-hop, MC/producer Blueprint has opted to model his entire solo debut as a tribute to it. Whether he‘s boasting about the power of his stereo on “Boom Box” or refusing to give into the stronghold of the boys in blue on “Kill Me First,” ‘Print effectively channels the past energy of Rakim, Public Enemy, and every ‘88 act in between. All the while he cleverly reveals his multifaceted personality, and 1988 amounts to a top-notch solo arrival.