Thanks to the loyalty and support of our customers over the past 11years, Strange Famous Records is proud to be one of the last remaining webstores still offering music, clothing and exclusive material from the most talented artists in independent hip-hop.
The concept of our store was conceived in 2000 when its founder, Sage Francis, exchanged emails with fans who were looking to purchase his music directly through him as they couldn’t find it through any traditional means. He provided a list of available product and then requested that people send him cash in a concealed envelope. Surprisingly, despite the obvious risks involved, people were trusting enough to send their hard earned cash via snail-mail. In return, they were sent their purchase along with various ‘random goodies’ Uncle Sage had hanging around his Rhode Island home and office (a practice we keep to this day.) For obvious reasons, we no longer accept cash through the post. Thankfully, we are now able to accept payment via Paypal, credit card, and/or money order.
In 2004, the Strange Famous Records staff and roster grew, resulting in the webstore holding more material from artists who are on the label as well as material from our non-SFR contemporaries. It would probably be more profitable for us to carry popular music (i.e. whatever’s trendy and hot right now,) but that’s not the impetus to our being. We will continue to uphold our standard for art and business until there’s no demand for it, at which point we will gladly bow out of the game. That said, we’ve delivered tens of thousands of packages to our fans since we our meager beginnings in 2000 and we expect those numbers to climb for years to come.
With independent music stores closing shop at a drastic rate, it has become increasingly more difficult for fans to obtain physical product from their favorite musicians, let alone “underground artists.” We’re lucky and grateful to have built a direct link with the fans, one that has kept us in business for over a decade, so as long as people continue to buy CDs, Vinyl, T-shirts, Hoodies, MP3s, Posters, Buttons, etc…we will continue to manufacture the goods. We also offer free digital downloads every week so even if your pockets are empty we’ll keep feeding your ears.
If you have an album that you’d like for us to hold in the store then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with all pertinent information and/or send your material to us at:
Strange Famous Records
PO Box 2509
Providence RI 02906
Thank you for your support!