WIN Tickets to Sage Francis live in Johannesburg – Graffiti South Africa

// Graffiti South Africa TICKET GIVEAWAY \\

WIN 1 of 2 tickets to see Sage Francis – Live in Johannesburg –
South Africa at Iron Tusk!!

Full details here:

WIN Tickets to Sage Francis live in Johannesburg – Graffiti South Africa.

 Peace! ~dhh

“Black Ash Days” – New Music Video from Trademarc & DC – Out Now!

Trademarc & DC, two former members of East Coast Avengers recently dropped their incredible music video for their track “Black Ash Days”!!
Check it out here:

This is also the title track from their first full length album “BLACK ASH DAYS” and you can purchase your digital copy here:

You can also purchase the physical copy via Strange Famous Records here: http://tinyurl.com/BlackAshDaysSFR

“This album is an attempt to raise awareness and open a healthy dialogue pertaining to mental illness and suicide prevention. The balance of DC’s flawless production and Trademarc’s brutally honest lyrics and delivery make this a must have for any true hip hop fan”.

For more information and to stay in touch, you can check out:
https://twitter.com/mctrademarc

Peace! ~dhh

Sage Francis – Live in Johannesburg, South Africa – 6 August 2015!!!

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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!!

Book Now

 

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Copper Gone album: www.tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR
Tour info: www.tinyurl.com/SageShows

Sage will be accompanied by Johannesburg Indie Artists:

Power Of Thought
Yugen Blakrok
Soothsayers
Slege Lee
ThiNXx
S!ck

DJ: Tha Cutt

We look forward to seeing you at the show!!

Peace! ~dhh

“Who Killed Russell Jones?” – New Music Video from B. Dolan – Out Now!

B. Dolan recently dropped his new spoken word track titled “Who Killed Russell Jones?”!
Check it out here:

Lifted from B. Dolan’s upcoming album “KILL THE WOLF” dropping July 10, 2015:
http://tinyurl.com/sfrKillTheWolf

“This ODB tribute by B. Dolan borrows the style and format of Bob Dylan’s “Who Killed Davey Moore?” to examine the brilliant, controversial and tragic arc of Russell Jones (AKA Old Dirty Bastard.) The repeated question of the song’s chorus demands an answer, though the verses suggest there might be enough blame for all of us to share. This footage was taken from a performance in Hull, UK (October, 2013) when the venue blew a fuse halfway through B. Dolan’s first song. In an attempt to appease a room of 500 restless fans, Dolan switched gears and gave spoken word performance of a new song, “Who Killed Russell Jones?” A photographer in the front row named Carl Spring switched his camera to ‘video’ mode and recorded this footage, which was then edited and animated by motion designer Alex Dobbin”.

For more information and to stay in touch, these are the spaces:
http://StrangeFamousRecords.com
http://SpeechDevelopmentRecords.com
http://Facebook.com/BDolanSFR
http://Twitter.com/BDolanSFR

Peace! ~dhh

“House of Bees vol. 3” – New Mixtape from B. DOLAN and BUDDY PEACE – Out Now!

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B. DOLAN and BUDDY PEACE are back with Volume 3. the final installment of the “HOUSE OF BEES” mixtape series!!! Get Your copy here:

For more information and to stay in touch, this is where to look:
Facebook
Twitter
BDOLAN.net
StrangeFamousRec

Peace! ~dhh

 

“CLARENCE CLEMONS” – New Music Video from Metermaids – Out Now!

“CLARENCE CLEMONS” is the new music video from Metermaids!
Check it out:

This track is lifted from the Metermaids’ new album “WE BROUGHT KNIVES”, out NOW on Strange Famous Records!

Exclusive packages are available from SFR at http://tinyurl.com/WeBroughtKnives (including SIGNED CDs & limited edition clear blue Cassettes!)

Read all of the stories behind the songs at http://tinyurl.com/MetermaidsSongStories

For more information on Metermaids, check out:
http://www.MetermaidsNYC.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MetermaidsNYC

Enjoy! ~dhh

“The Place She Feared Most” – New Lyric Video from SAGE FRANCIS – Out Now!

Brand new lyric video from Sage Francis for his track “The Place She Feared Most”!
Check it:

Lifted from the Sage Francis “Copper Gone” album, available in all formats here:
http://tinyurl.com/CopperGoneSFR

“Copper Gone” was one of our choices of 2014 and we really recommend getting a copy if you haven’t already done so.

Tour dates (Cali + Oregon this month):
http://tinyurl.com/SageShows
Beat produced by Reanimator.

Be sure to check out and follow Sage on your favourite social media site:
http://facebook.com/SageFrancis
http://twitter.com/SageFrancis


Label: http://StrangeFamousRecords.com

Enjoy! ~dhh

“We Brought Knives” – New Album from Metermaids – Out Now!!

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“We Brought Knives” is the third full length album from Metermaids!
Get your copy via Strange Famous Records, right here:

Exclusive packages including SIGNED CDs, Limited Edition CASSETTES, T-Shirts, Snapbacks, and more are available here:
http://sfrstore.myshopify.com/collections/webroughtknives

For more information and to keep up to date, check out:
strangefamousrecords.com
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

Peace! ~dhh

“Cruel Fuel” – Brand New Solo Album from Seez Mics – Out Now!!

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Very pleased to say the latest offering and solo debut from Seez Mics (Educated Consumers, Broken Clock, First Name Basis) is officially out today!!
You can get your copy in various formats, via Crushkill Recordings here:
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The cassette tape version is also available via I Had an Accident Records here:
http://ihadanaccident.bandcamp.com/album/cruel-fuel
And some limited packages are also available via Strange Famous Records here:
http://sfrstore.myshopify.com/search?q=cruel+fuel

“Cruel Fuel” features production from beat-box extraordinaire Max Bent as well as appearances from DJ Abilities and Kristoff Krane.

Seez Mics speaks on “Cruel Fuel”:

the more life
i live
the more i realize
life is hard
for everybody. “Cruel Fuel”
is an exploration of the
experiences and circumstances
that have made my life hard
but i felt unable to deal with directly
because of fear and shame. my hope
is that being open and honest
encourages others to
deal directly with their fear and shame
instead of continuing to be
fueled by
the same
cruel fuel.


check out the official lyric video for “Post Pathic Profiteers” featuring DJ Abilities!

For more information or to keep up to date with Seez Mics and his work, check out:
seezmics.com
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Enjoy! ~dhh

“Only Built 4 Cuban Sandwiches” – New Album from Storm Davis – Out Now!!

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Providence, RI emcee Storm Davis just dropped his awesome new album “Only Built 4 Cuban Sandwiches”, a collection of smooth, sun-soaked party anthems of frustration, introspection, and emotional exfoliation that SD describes as “the world’s first Adult-Contemporary hip hop album”!!! You can grab your digital copy here:

There are also some incredibly slick physical packages available here:
http://sfrstore.myshopify.com/collections/storm-davis 

For more information or to keep in touch with Storm Davis, check out:
stormdavis.com
Facebook
Twitter

Enjoy! ~dhh