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Sage Francis
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The full Paid Dues review. Pics and video.  Reply with quote  



The Paid Dues festival took place last weekend (3/22/08) in San
Bernadino, CA and it was a great success. Strange Famous Records came
through in full force, as did many of the strongest indie hip-hop acts
of North America.

I headlined the event, backed by Skratch Bastid, 3 time Scribble Jam
DJ champ and producer of Buck 65's Situation album. B Dolan and
Prolyphic joined me on stage as well to perform songs off of Prolyphic
& Reanimator's "The Ugly Truth" album. But lets start from the
beginning.

Wake up call 9 AM. Arrive on the Paid Dues premises at 9:30 AM for
load-in and merch set up. Meeting up with Big Handsome who handled my
merch for the entire day and night (kiss kiss.) My Saturday does not
slow down from that point until I get into bed at 2:30 AM. Burned,
chafed, broken and exhausted. And twice as much wealthier as I
expected to be. Here's why...

B Dolan was the 2nd act of the night. And his was the only act outside
of my own that I was able to catch. I stood there proudly watching him
interact with the crowd and engage them with material they never heard
before from a guy they probably don't know anything about. 3 solid
songs back-to-back. I stepped on stage to perform Heart Failure with
him. When B was finishing up his set Murs told me we had time to do
one more song. As we didn't have anything planned out, nor time to
discuss it, I asked Skratch Bastid to throw on the Climb Trees
instrumental.

Immediately after B's set we went to the meet-and-greet section where
we signed posters. The rest of my day consisted of me being outside in
the blazing sun, signing autographs and having pictures taken at the
merch booth, walking the entire length of the premises over and over,
mingling with people, doing interviews, and drinking water.

Mind you, I did this without taking off my SFR jacket. All day.
Because...it was a new jacket and I was reppin SFR as well as the east
coast. This is how we dress on the east coast. I wasn't the only east
coast act refusing to switch my style for the sake of the desert. I
saw the BCC walking around in winter gear too, wool hats and all. I
should have mentioned that during the "Survived Another Winter" song
but my mind was completely fried by that point.

Chang, the head of Guerilla Unions promotion company, approached me
around mid-day with an idea that he thought I'd be interested in.
Since he knows I have a bit of a gambling itch, he presented me with
an opportunity to play a head-to-head Texas Hold'em game with a member
of his promotion team. The stakes? My money guarantee for headlining
this event. Double or nothing.

I thought about it for a couple minutes and then said, "Fuggit. Sure."

He began alerting press and the word spread through the backstage area
quickly. Then I started getting second doubts. I began asking around,
"Who is this guy named Rich from Guerrilla Union?"

"Rich?! Doood...you're going to play RICH? Hahahaaa oh MAN. Dude,
don't do it. Do not."

So I'm like, "Chang. What's up with this Rich guy? People are talking
about him like he's a semi-pro or something."

"Oh, nah nahhhh. He's good. Don't get me wrong. He's GOOD. But he's
just a regular poker player."

So...I'm thinking...why would they be willing to put this much money
on the line if he's just a regular poker player? I could have played
anyone from G.U....in fact, I have played a lot of them before and
they're all really good. In live cash games, I never beat ANY of them.
haha. However, any free time of mine in the past couple of months has
been dedicated to two things:
1) ping pong
2) heads-up poker games

I'd put my money on the line for a game of either.

It was me Vs the Guerilla Union "ringer." We began the game 45 minutes
before my set was supposed to begin. A crowd of performers, press
people and hangers on crowded around the table. I've never been this
nervous playing a card game in my life, and I've played through some
pretty tough situations over the years.

I was down in chips for a short time but worked my way back into the
lead. I was told that Rich, the guy I was playing, was impossible to
read. I discovered otherwise. But also, I felt like I was giving tells
left and right due to my nerves.

The last hand of the game started with him raising my blind pre-flop.
I was the chip leader and from what I could tell he wouldn't want to
follow an all in with an iffy hand.

I went all in with a King/9 off suit.
He called me with a King/8 off suit.

I'm feeling pretty good. Flop comes out and misses us both. Feeling
pretty good. My odds are GREAT. Then the dealer puts an 8 on the
table. Really?Amazing. What a suck out!!!

My heart sank. The last card the dealer put on the table was not a 9.

But it was a heart.

And it completed my flush.

I win.

Shake hands. People clap. I stand on a chair and yell, "Strange Famous
Records! BOW DOWN!" I walk about 15 feet to the backstage area and
grab the mic. Film crew follows. I do my show, a bit frazzled and
burned out. The crowd was noticeably tired due to them having to stand
for 8 hours and "throw their hands in the air like they just don't
care." It was strange performing with a DJ again, but Skratch Bastid
held it the fuck down. Doing the Mullet poem with him dropping in all
the samples on time was a perfect ending to the event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gN2KKzqs7us

Unlike the youtube video I just linked, we actually have professional
footage and sound of B Dolan's set as well as my own. Be on the look
out for the availability of this footage by checking
www.StrangeFamous.com when we have it all edited and ready to go.

During one part of my set I walked up to the DJ booth where Skratch
Bastid was spinning from because...I missed him. And he was so far
away. And then I noticed there was a crazy delay and echo up top. It
affected me in the strangest of ways. I started getting anxiety and
felt like I was going to faint. Deja-vous like you wouldn't believe.
The echo up top was part of the reason why "Survived Another Winter"
started off a little shaky for Prolyphic, as the beat was supposed to
drop after 4 lines of Prolyphic's acapella, but once we caught the
beat everything straightened out. As much as we rehearsed, that was
one of Murphy's Laws that I didn't consider. Still livin', still
learnin'. Still annoyin'.

It was a long day. A tough day. A good one. Everyone seemed really
pleased with the entire event, and that makes all of us happy to hear.
The Cali crowd is always incredible so if you are reading this and you
made it out to the show then thank you very much. Much respect to all
the artists and show goers I chopped it up with at the show. Steady
paying dues.

-Sage Francis
www.strangefamousrecords.com
www.knowmore.org




P.S. The "Artist Goes Pop" single and the "Live Evel" EP are both
being sent to people who jumped on the pre-sales. If you haven't order
yet, but you want to, go to www.SFRstore.com

Also, check out the double-album package deal that SFR is offering:
http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=302


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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:44 am
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I always fall for your wig illusion.
I think god, sage looks so different all the time and then you pull off the wig and I'm like oh yeah. i forgot.

kudos on the good performance
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:50 am
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I didn't know you still performed this. This fucking kid saying the words is annoying. Not annoying enough to ruin it, of course. But I wish -- like everyone within earshot, I'm sure -- that I could mute that fucker.

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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:54 am
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confoundit
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oh my...

This is fantastic
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:57 am
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Sage Francis
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icarus502 wrote:
I didn't know you still performed this. This fucking kid saying the words is annoying. Not annoying enough to ruin it, of course. But I wish -- like everyone within earshot, I'm sure -- that I could mute that fucker.



I hardly ever perform this. Just in recent months did I decide to pull it out of the bag again. I felt like performing it with a DJ and bringing it back to life for this Paid Dues show. It was the final piece of the whole night and I think it summed up things really well.

A part of me wishes that was the last performance of my life. I'd be ok if that was the very end.

As far as the kid saying all the words in the background, it's a total catch 22 for me. Every time I do a spoken word piece that someone in the crowd knows, it seems I have to fight through their volunteer hypeman vocals. It becomes very distracting and I tend to switch words and phrases up from time to time so it's not only annoying but it clashes with what I'm doing a lot of the time. However, I can't pull an Ani Difranco and demand the people shut the fuck up while I do my material. Just gotta go with it.
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:05 pm
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Sage Francis wrote:
I can't pull an Ani Difranco and demand the people shut the fuck up while I do my material.



Brother Ali told the crowd to shut up and stop clapping during his set here in Iceland when people started to clap to the rhythm of his words when he did some acapella stuff.
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:22 pm
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Sage Francis wrote:
However, I can't pull an Ani Difranco and demand the people shut the fuck up while I do my material. Just gotta go with it.


says who?!? demand that respect!

great job by the way
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:23 pm
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I've seen him do that before too. I've done that as well. It's different.

If you're doing a rap acapella (like he does) and people start clapping to the rhythm, it can be very difficult to keep up with their pace.
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:24 pm
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jehu wrote:
Sage Francis wrote:
However, I can't pull an Ani Difranco and demand the people shut the fuck up while I do my material. Just gotta go with it.


says who?!? demand that respect!

great job by the way


right?!


haha, i can't wait for another DVD. live sets, random tidbits, and more wigs. is this a for sure thing or something that you're just not set on yet?
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:59 pm
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Sage Francis
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The DVD will take quite a while longer to put together.

We have footage up the bahzing.

Is that a thing?

Whatever the case, we have so much good footage. It's going to take a while to sift through and arrange properly. It's going to take as much work as an album if not more. So...eh. Tough call on when it will be ready. I suppose early 2009 is a good estimate.
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Awesome.
Bastid gave me back everything that the loud fucker took from me.
Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:48 pm
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damn it, thats good.

Are you playing the netherlands or belgium this summer?
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ahha word thats mad dope having skratch bastid doing the actual cuts for that piece. didnt he compete in scribble jam and win rocking a joe dirt mullet once?
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the breaks were dope. why are you not coming to la for a solo show? really dissapointed. and sage looking winded, need more touring. LA
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Sage Francis
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marc911 wrote:
the breaks were dope. why are you not coming to la for a solo show? really dissapointed. and sage looking winded, need more touring. LA



I'll explain that in the edit I'm about to make to my initial post (which will be a full review of the entire day.) But truth be told, look how fucking big I am. After rapping and dancing and bullshitting for 14 hours straight, and old man with a grey in his beard definitely has the tendancy to get winded. I have some to take care of that, but I don't think most people could do what I did without being knocked out by that point.
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