Album cover: Li(f)e

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Sage Francis Bio

"All great truths begin as blasphemies," proclaimed the fiery playwright George Bernard Shaw. It's a sentiment that can be applied exponentially to the works of rapper Sage Francis and his exhilarating new album Li(f)e. Francis has never been afraid to provoke. As a result he is a sometimes polarizing and increasingly important figure in modern music. Adored by many, reviled by a few but never ignored and always essential, Sage Francis has emerged as the reigning agent provocateur of hip hop. Read more


October 2nd, 2011

Sage Francis updates

Yes, this website looks old and outdated. The NEW Sage Francis website is HERE.

If the “BEST OF TIMES” video brought you to this page and you’re interesting in checking out the LI(F)E album on CD or vinyl, click HERE.

Click picture for CD & Vinyl.

Follow on FACEBOOK by clicking here.

Follow on TWITTER by clicking here.

Sage’s performance schedule for 2012: click HERE.

We are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of PERSONAL JOURNALS! The CD, vinyl and MP3 sale is HERE.

September 9th, 2011

Makeshift Patriot – 10 years later

Relevant then, relevant now.


“Recorded in October 2001 Read more

September 6th, 2011

ROOFTOP SHAKE LP streaming in full!

We’ve spent the past couple months promoting the Metermaids “Rooftop Shake” LP — an album that took two years to complete — and it drops TODAY! If you’d like to sample this album before purchasing it on iTunes or THE SFR STORE (CD & MP3), we are providing a full streamable version here:
ROOFTOP SHAKE by Metermaids by Strange Famous Records

As you’ll notice, I am featured on two songs (one of them with the legendary Buck 65.) Other features include Grammy Award-winning 9th Wonder and the X-Ecutioner’s DJ ROB SWIFT on all the scratches.


August 31st, 2011

BAD THINGS: A new song I did with B. Dolan and Metermaids

Bad Things Redux
BAD THINGS is from the Metermaids “Rooftop Shake” album. This extended redux features me and B. Dolan on vocals, M. Stine on the beat & scratches by DJ Rob Swift. Exclusive pre-sale package deals available NOW at

Enjoy the free download and please share this track wherever you can. On facebook, twitter, G+, messageboards, OR ANY SOCIAL NETWORK YOU ARE ON. Or just go oldschool with it by blasting this song from your car as you drive laps around your town’s coolest shopping plaza. People still do that, right? The support and extra promotion is much appreciated!
-Sage Francis

August 14th, 2011

“Slow Man Stance” Sage Francis + Buck 65

Another demo has kicked its way out of the SFR vault. This here is the original version of “Slow Man” which was completely reworked and re-recorded over different music for my LI(F)E album. This version is more aggressive and includes A BONUS ADDITIONAL VERSE! The legendary Buck 65 produced the beat.

“When the world moves at breakneck speed,
I hold the pause button halfway and make the tapedeck bleed.
It takes seconds to see what’s gonna happen in an hour’s time.
I see next week, next week I’m rushing rewind.
Time flies like a lie that evolves and grows wings,
then barrel rolls through intelligent designs of smoke rings.”

August 11th, 2011

Portland and Seattle…we’re storming your castle.

The METERMAIDS (freshly signed to SFR) have been added to my Portland and Seattle shows this September! Not only that, but Seattle’s own Sadistik will be opening for us in both cities. I will be headlining and performing a 90 minute set which will consist of songs from my entire catalog. Old and new. Full details posted below:

Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS Sadistik
$18 advance / $23 day of show
Click here for tickets!

SEATTLE, WA on Sept 22 at NEUMOS
Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS & Sadistik
$18 advance / $20 day of show
Click here for tickets!

For a list of ALL upcoming SFR shows click here.

August 11th, 2011

2 new albums to get excited about: Scroobius Pip + Metermaids

METERMAIDS “Rooftop Shake” drops on Sept 6, 2011
SCROOBIUS PIP “Distraction Pieces” drops on Sept 19, 2011

As an indie label, we’re always busy at Strange Famous Records, but 2011 has been relatively quiet as far as official album releases go. All of that is about to change in a big way. Here’s a brief description of what you can expect from these artists:

1) Scroobius Pip “Distraction Pieces”

SFR fans may remember Scroobius Pip from the “Angles” album he did with Dan Le Sac a few years back. With the “Distraction Pieces” album, Pip has gone solo to pursue a more aggressive (dare we say punk-driven) approach. As risky as that may seem, the first video/single from his new album has turned a lot of heads. On the day of its release, “Introdiction” was the 4th most viewed video on youtube (and for good reason):

Produced by Renholder, aka Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails / A Perfect Circle), the album features collaborations with me, B. Dolan, P.O.S. of Doomtree and many more. Pre-order package deal available here.

2) The Metermaids “Rooftop Shake”

The Metermaids consists of two emcees, Sentence and Swell. Their new album, Rooftop Shake, features yours truly on two songs (one of which features Buck 65!), production by 9th Wonder & M. Stine, and scratches by DJ Rob Swift. I first met Sentence in 2001 while touring with Atmosphere. He produced the first song that Slug and I ever did together (“Day Grows Old”) on my Sick of Waiting Tables mixtape. Ten years later, I’m helping release his group’s album. Even though one thing has nothing to do with the other, it still feels like we’ve all come full circle. The first single from the Metermaids Rooftop Shake album is a song called Graveyard Shift (prod. by 9th Wonder.) Listen to it here:
GRAVEYARD SHIFT – Metermaids (prod by 9th Wonder)


“Rooftop Shake”album package deals are available here.

August 2nd, 2011

Planking is Political

Planking is Political

People often ask me why I enjoy planking photos so much. The truth is, planking has helped change the world for the better. This particular planking photo was taken during the Kent State Massacre of 1970. It helped end the Vietnam War. This may have also been the first instance of “owling” but that can’t be 100% confirmed.

August 2nd, 2011

Time to “make it up” to Portland and Seattle

The Metermaids and Sadistik have been added to both shows! Details below…

Portland and Seattle...this kiss is for you.

In 2010 I was in the middle of my LI(F)E Tour when I received word of my father’s passing. Due to this horrible news, I cut my Seattle show short and canceled the Portland show in order to fly home and attend the funeral services. Since that time I haven’t heard the end of it from people in these territories, so a little more than a year later I’m coming through on a promise to do the make-up shows.

Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS Sadistik
$18 advance / $23 day of show
Click here for tickets!

SEATTLE, WA on Sept 22 at NEUMOS
Sage Francis w/ the METERMAIDS & Sadistik
$18 advance / $20 day of show
Click here for tickets!

For those who were unable to catch my Colorado shows last weekend with the Metermaids and B. Dolan, you missed some incredible performances. One of the shows had us performing in front of a rolling river. We upstaged the shit out of that beautiful river. The full list of my upcoming shows can be found here, but to ensure you don’t miss any updates please sign up for the newsletter on the homepage of

Sage Francis and the Metermaids performing "Bad Things" off their upcoming Rooftop Shake LP

July 18th, 2011

Sage Francis in COLORADO w/ B. Dolan & Metermaids

Alert the soundmen that they need to protect their stage gear.

click photo to see ALL upcoming Sage shows

July 22 – Denver, CO
At UMS: Sage Francis, B. Dolan, Metermaids & many more!


July 23 – Fort Colins, CO
Advanced tickets have gone on sale at
The password to purchase is “cache”

Sage Francis, Metermaids & more at Mishawaka Amphitheater in Bellvue, CO (just outside of Fort Collins)
This is an outdoor venue sitting right next to the Poudre River.


Jul 24 – Colorado Springs, CO at Black Sheep
Sage Francis
B. Dolan
Ticket link!

July 13th, 2011

PROGRESS TRAP – Sole feat. Sage Francis (mp3 + lyrics)

Lyrics are available at the bottom of this blog entry!

PROGRESS TRAP – Sole feat. Sage Francis Read more

July 6th, 2011

The Bright Side of Witch Burning

Godcast II “The Bright Side of Witch Burning” can be downloaded for free by clicking the DOWN arrow on the SoundCloud player below. Continue to scroll down to view the tracklist and read the full story of what inspired this installment of the Godcast series.


June 29th, 2011

Victoria, BC has been added to my 2011 show schedule!

Sep 23 – Victoria, BC – Sage Francis at the Sugar Nightclub for the Rifflandia Festival.

The other shows I currently have planned are in Sweden, Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Provincetown. All info can be found here.

June 29th, 2011

Anti-Swag and my interview with Scene Magazine

People often ask me about my writing process. It’s not easy for me to explain, and there’s no particular ritual to my craft, but I figure the best thing to do is just show you how I write.

Alas, that question wasn’t Read more

June 26th, 2011

“House of Bees” performance video

This is a video of me and B. Dolan performing “House of Bees” in the basement of the Strange Famous office building on Feb 20, 2011. “House of Bees” is produced by Buck 65 and featured on “Sick of Wasting” available here.

June 25th, 2011

Breaking a Luna Moth out of Spiderweb Prison

When I noticed this magnificent creature outside of my front door I took a picture of it and posted it on my facebook page to see if anyone knew what it was. As it turns out, it’s not a leaf bird. Also, it’s not a stingray-kite hybrid. It is, in fact, a Luna Moth (yes, the same one that Lunesta uses in their commercials to push their dreamy drugs.) However, I discovered that this Luna Moth was stuck in a spiders web! I bravely decided to be super courageous and film myself breaking it free into freedom. To liberate the Luna. Once the mam-moth was carefully placed on its freedom leaf I heroically transported it over to some safety shrubs.

The very next day I was surprised to see this lunatic back on the side of my house, stalking me in broad daylight. All the spiders were gone because they starved to death. The weather turned erratic and it became clear to me that I unwittingly destroyed RI’s ecosystem. Suddenly, lightning struck a tree and a branch fell on top of me. The moth swooped down, removed the branch and said, “We’re even now.” Then he vanished. The clouds opened up and a smiling sunshine double rainbowed my street.

That was my past 24 hours.


I'm pretty much a hero


P.S. I found your ‘electronic-spy-on-sage-moth.’ If you need it back, that will come at a cost.

June 21st, 2011

Scribble Jam 2004 – Debut of “Jah” and “Buzzkill”

In 2004 I debuted two brand new songs at Scribble Jam. They were “Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny” and “The Buzzkill.” As they were fresh off the page I flubbed a couple lines but not too bad. Both songs ended up the book ends of my A Healthy Distrust album a year later.

Read more

June 13th, 2011

Sage, B. Dolan & METERMAIDS in CO! More shows added

I’ve added THREE shows in Colorado and a one-man show in Provincetown, MA to my 2011 schedule! Before I list the dates, some of you may be wondering who the heck the Metermaids are as they’re doing all three Colorado shows with me. So before you read the upcoming show dates, click play on the song below as SFR prepares for the release of their “Rooftop Shake” album (featuring myself, Buck 65, 9th Wonder and DJ Rob Swift.)

MATCHBOOKS – Metermaids by Strange Famous Records

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June 13th, 2011

This Song is About a Girl.

“Diamonds & Pearls” is off of the Sage Francis LI(F)E album. Music by DeVotchKa.


LI(F)E is available on iTunes as well as on CD & Vinyl HERE. The lyrics to this song are posted below.

So assume it.


Surprising the world with diamonds and pearls.
But a song about a girl ain’t Read more

June 13th, 2011

Face Candy “Waste Age Teenland” – Eyedea & Kristoff

Face Candy is a musical outfit that consists of Eyedea, Kristoff Krane, Jt Bates and Casey O’Brien. “Waste Age Teenland” is their new album, and it is effectively the last album that Eyedea recorded before his untimely passing. If you haven’t seen my write-up of “The Man Behind the Eyedea” you can read it by clicking here.


R. Eye. P.

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