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Sage Francis is widely considered one of our generation’s greatest lyricists. His career derives mainly from gifted wordplay which 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.

The “SICK TO D(EAT)H” mixtape was released in December of 2013 to hold people over for a monster of an album that has taken 4 years to complete. The “COPPER GONE” album drops on June 3rd, 2014 and will be supported by a world tour starting in the US on May 29th.

Copper Gone, 2014

Sick to D(eat)h, 2013

LI(F)E, 2010

Sick of Wasting, 2009 mixtape



Still Sickly Business, 2005 mixtape

Road Tested, 2005 LIVE ALBUM



Sick of Waging War, 2001 mixtape

Sick of Waiting Tables, 2001 mixtape

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April 11th, 2014

Buck 65 weighs in on my “Copper Gone” album

Not only was Buck 65 kind enough to help me work on the last song that was recorded for “Copper Gone” (a most important song for the album and something I will explain in full detail soon,) but he was also gracious enough to put together the following write-up for the album. We’ve worked together [...]

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“Sage Francis is the future of hip-hop.” -LA Citybeat

“one of the best writers in hip-hop today”

“Sage Francis punches political buttons with a dissenting fury unmatched in hip-hop since Chuck D.”-Kotori Magazine

“Sage progressively pays homage to the past while simulateneously mapping a legacy of his own and dropping some of the year’s most clever metaphors” -Pitchforkmedia

“Aside from his content, his linguistic playfulness can’t be ignored or overshadowed. Sage puts unsuspecting words and ideas together with a delivery that makes them sound as though they were made for each other.”
-Portland Phoenix

“Sage is a true blue enigma. He’s smart, creative, motivated and, most importantly, unique. Rarely does a character like Sage emerge into pop culture. Watch out. This guy will make waves…”

Someone like him is necessary in the hip-hop world. He is free from a lot of the vices that tie many of his colleagues down, with his clear eye always trained on American life, hip-hop and himself.”


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