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On the 6 August 2015, we will be hosting the international indie juggernaut Sage Francis at Iron Tusk in Newtown, Johannesburg!!! Beneath The Surface, dohiphop.com and Lalelani Studios have banded together in collaboration with TheFilmGuys and Caps and Cans to make sure that Sage Francis appears on Jozi soil.
Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation’s greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay that creates vivid narratives to instigate as well as inspire, but since it often derives from an accumulation of public disdain and personal turmoil, it’s more about storming the castle than about watching the throne.
Dubbed as the “forefather of indie-hop,” Francis originally earned acclaim in the early 2000’s by winning the most highly coveted titles of the emcee battle circuit. With little to no funding, Francis sustained himself by selling his innovative “Sick of” mixtapes, all made by hand on the floor of his Providence, RI apartment. These were essentially bootleg compilations full of select recordings from his 12” vinyl singles, demo sessions, live performances and radio freestyles. The popularity of these tapes birthed Strange Famous Records (SFR); a meager, one-man operation in 1999.
Despite having no official distribution, Francis’ unique brand of music spread like wildfire via the advent of file sharing networks. This resulted in him attaining a massive cult-like following around the world, creating a demand for his albums and live performances at which point the bigger labels took notice. With his first studio album, Personal Journals (2002,) Francis daringly set aside the more boastful side of rap by catering to his poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary.
In 2005 Sage Francis was the first hip-hop artist signed to Epitaph Records and soon became one of the highest selling independent artists of his genre. Rather than abandon his day-to-day grind at SFR, he channeled all of his newfound resources into it, allowing the label to expand in staff as well as roster. Having fulfilled his contract obligations with Epitaph Records, Sage Francis has returned to releasing music independently as he gears up to defeat the odds. Once again.
“COPPER GONE”, Francis’ 6th studio album, dropped on June 3rd, 2014 via Strange Famous Records. This indie release managed to break Billboard’s Top 200 as well as iTunes top 5 for hip-hop in the US as well as in the UK. Upon the release of Copper Gone, Sage Francis has toured the world and he continues to tour extensively well into 2015.
In January of 2011 Sage Francis visited Durban, South Africa to help mentor and provide care for HIV-infected children. What he encountered inspired him to get involved and make a difference. Sage Francis made a song titled “Ubuntu”, which was released describing what he encountered on his journey and started a fundraising campaign with all proceeds collected from the song being donated to the children and their families. This year Sage Francis is back in S.A. to continue his charity work and we will be making the most of this international artist being on South African soil. Sage has returned this year to continue the work he did in 2011 and reconnect with the people he was involved with during his time in SA.
We have joined Sage on his initiative of giving back and in spirit with “The Community” – an initiative where clothes are collected for distribution to the less fortunate, we ask our attendees to bring through any old clothes they might have to donate to charity.
This is one of those historic events that will forever be remembered, and the impact of this initiative will not only leave its mark on the attendees, but set the example to promote others to do the same.
Tickets for Sage Francis – Live in Johannesburg are on sale now and moving fast… Be sure to get one soon to avoid disappointment!!
Sage will be accompanied by Johannesburg Indie Artists:
DJ: Tha Cutt
We look forward to seeing you at the show!!
Sage Francis just dropped his brand new animated music video for his track “Make ’em Purr” taking us on an emotional roller coaster and really grabbing at the heart strings; Seriously does the track a lot of justice!!
Check it out here:
From the NEW ALBUM “Copper Gone” available in all formats (MP3/CD/vinyl/tape) at Strange Famous Records: http://tinyurl.com/sfrCopperGone
All tour info (Euro/UK Oct-Nov): http://tinyurl.com/sageshows
“Make Em Purr” LYRICS, backstory + shirts: http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/blogs/sage-francis-blog/make-em-purr/
“Make Em Purr” written by Sage Francis, beat production by Buck 65. Video Director: Wasaru. Art Director: Jebedaï Couture
Special thanks to Jim Foltice for help with the treatment.
UK fans can get this album at Speech Development Records: http://scroobiuspip.backstreetmerch.com/artist/sage-francis
Copper Gone is also available in all other digital stores, including
MP Champion just dropped his incredible new EP called “Appetite for Production” and we got to give it a listen over the weekend! This is a truly amazing EP with unbelievable production and a list of features to die for including the one and only Darryl DMC McDaniels from Run DMC!!! Really enjoyed this EP from start to finish but I’d have to say the last track for me just blew the whole thing out of the water in the best possible way…
Be sure to grab yourself a copy right here:
“MP Champion is an Australian Music Producer/Composer/Songwriter. He has produced music for the likes of Sage Francis (ID Thieves) and Chance Waters (Tears For Gotham).
MP Champion has just released a new EP titled ‘Appetite For Production’, featuring the song ‘Brite Lights Big Cities’ with Hip Hop Icon and Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer Darryl DMC McDaniels from Run DMC. It also features songs with Pro MC of Electric Elements, Slippery, Leeze The Kid, Hollie Winter, Bernie Killen and SkankMC. In addition to releasing original songs and music, MP Champion offers a music production service”.
For more information and to keep up to date with MP Champion, check out:
So, recently we had one of our friends and non-do hiphop affiliate to take a listen to the new Sage Francis album “Copper Gone” and share their thoughts… This is what they had to say:
“With a ‘DIY or Die’ approach the HipHop veteran delivers a compelling, captivating classic for 2014. The album deals with the artist’s signature outlook on social and contemporary issues in and out of the HipHop scene, validating his ‘silverback gorilla status’ through cunning multi-tiered wordplay and melancholic undertones. The proclamation is that Sage is here to stay, and even though he professes ‘both sides of my bed are the wrong ones and I am always waking up’ he continues to arouse the minds of his fans and followers”.
and what an amazing album it is!
Sage also recently dropped this assiduous official music video for the track “Grace” from the album; it really does the track justice!!
Check it out here:
If you haven’t already; Go go grab one of the incredibly slick PACKAGE DEALS (CD, vinyl, cassette, shirts, hoodies) right here: www.tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR
and if you’re more of a Bandcamp person, digital copies are here:
and it’s finally here…
Check out the completely and utterly epic new album from Sage Francis called “Copper Gone”!!!
If you haven’t already; Go grab one of the PRESALE PACKAGE DEALS (CD, vinyl, cassette, shirts, hoodies) + tour dates available at www.tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR
COPPER GONE album drops worldwide on June 3rd!
Get your digital copy here:
“SAGE FRANCIS…relocked and reloaded.
After a 4-year hiatus, the indie rap icon is taking his signature style of hip-hop and performance art back on the road to support the June 2014 release of “COPPER GONE” on STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS. It features beat production from long-time music affiliates BUCK 65, ALIAS, CECIL OTTER, REANIMATOR, and more”.
This album has been on rotation since my download arrived and I’m having serious difficulty putting on anything else.
Go get this album!
Check it out… Sage Francis just dropped the lyric video for his simply awesome and long awaited new track “VONNEGUT BUSY”!!!
Song produced by Prolyphic (horns by Josh Trinidad.) Lyric video created by Irena Mihalinec. Tour info: http://tinyurl.com/CopperGoneTour
It’s from his upcomming album “COPPER GONE” that drops June 3rd!
Pre-sale package deals are available from strange Famous here: http://tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR.
For all things Sage this is where to look:
This is definitely one release you do not want to miss and I for one can’t wait for it to drop!
Check out this fresh new video for Sage Francis’ track “Blue” from his SICK TO D(EAT)H mixtape!!!
“Among many things, this song and video touch upon the subject of PTSD. There are many organizations and resources that are available to vets who are struggling with civilian life, but not everyone feels comfortable reaching out for help. Some people might not even know that they need help until it’s too late. Just so that the information is out there, for anyone who may need it, the Veterans Crisis Line can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or via text to 838255. The Crisis Line website:http://veteranscrisisline.net/”
If you haven’t already GO get yourself a copy of the SICK TO D(EAT)H mixtape right here;
Sage’s upcoming album “COPPER GONE” drops on June 3, 2014 via STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS so best keep your ears to the ground for that!!!
The world tour kicks off in US/CAN this June, followed by Euro/UK shows in July and August & updates on the new LP & tours will be posted at http://StrangeFamousRecords.com
Peace! ~ dhh
“BLUE” is the second leak from Sage Francis’ SICK TO D(EAT)H mixtape which drops on Dec 12 exclusively at StrangeFamousRecords.com
check it out!
Beat produced by Reanimator. Scratches by Buddy Peace. Single artwork image by Trait Cross.
Pre-sale package deals are available now at tinyurl.com/SickToDeathSFR
The full track list for #SickToDeath and a breakdown of each track, along with some additional updates from Sage Francis available here: www.strangefamousrecords.com/blogs/sage…k-to-death
Check out this brand new video for “Anita Bryant” from F. Virtue’s new album “We Are Not The Shame” that dropped today on Fake Four Inc.
This isn’t the full song. Anita Bryant can be heard in its entirety on F. Virtue’s new album “We Are Not The Shame”, out digitally now and available here:
here are some word’s on the release from F.Virtue and Fake Four:
“Fresh off the release of 23 year old F. Virtue’s group EP with J57, Trill Cunningham, comes F dot’s full length (and 13th studio album), We are Not The Shame via Fake Four. And damn is it mature. As expected from someone who has done as much as he has over the past 10 years, from joining a Rhymesayers tour around Canada to performing with Sleigh Bells and releasing songs with such heavyweights as Sims of Doomtree, George Watsky and Mac Lethal, F. Virtue has got to be the most legendary MC who is nowhere near being legendary.
And this, this is a rap album, but these aren’t just raps. F. Virtue wrote and produced We Are Not The Shame to show listeners they are not alone, and all their issues don’t make them bad people. From the album’s self-titled opener, which addresses Virtue’s fuzzy childhood of sexual abuse, to Anita Bryant, the definitive ‘homophobia in hip hop’ song… this is some serious shit. Though F. Virtue outs himself on this record, he is not trying to enter the club-centric braggadocio world of previously existing queer MCs like Mykki Blanco or Le1f. Conversely, F. Virtue approaches music through the lens of lyrics. But don’t call him a conscious rapper. Growing up Canadian, and currently residing in Manhattan, F. Virtue blurs the lines between fashion, fortune, spirituality and philosophy, which is reflective of the modern era of upcoming youth, equally as informed on social and political concepts as well as Hollywood – think Aesop Rock meets Asap Rocky.
Featuring co-production from renowned Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist and engineer Jon Markson of Strung Out, Such Gold, and Time Crisis, as well as a collaboration with occasional Mac Miller producer, Willis Beats, and a collaboration with Sage Francis’ latest signees, Falside and Juan Deuce, this dark and deeply atmospheric record drops August 6th digitally through Fake Four, and October 8th on vinyl through boutique Euro imprint Cooler Than Cucumbers with 3 bonus tracks. And remember, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You are so much more”.
Peace! ~ dhh