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Metermaids – Graveyard Shift

METERMAIDS, a Brooklyn-based duo consisting of emcees Sentence and Swell, often refer to themselves as “the Bad News Bears of hip-hop.” However, after teaming up with the X-Ecutioners DJ Rob Swift, receiving production from Grammy Award Winner 9th WONDER, and pulling in vocal contributions from indie-hop legends SAGE FRANCIS & BUCK 65, their “ROOFTOP SHAKE” LP is set to turn that self-deprecation on its head.

Metermaids “ROOFTOP SHAKE” LP available now on CD & MP3 at:

Jul 31

Sage Francis – Hey Bobby


Written/recorded by Sage Francis in 2004.
Beat by Reanimator.

By the time the flags rotted off of their antennas,
they were questioning who the real threat is.
Big Brotherly love is the 21st century’s plague.
No matter how bloody the glove, question evidence displayed.

Don’t forget what two plus two equals.
Don’t let them upgrade your math no matter what they have as proof of evil.
Remember when they went after the Jewish people?
You don’t recognize that same black mask as see through?

Attack of the eagles. If they don’t fall dead
before they reach me, I’ll be damned if I don’t shoot one in its bald head.
Fuck what we’re force fed. All I ever wanted
was a warm bed and a house that wasn’t haunted.

I’d rather die for a cause than to die just because
we exhausted natural resources, forced into wars,
restoring wasteful ways, keeping other countries poor.
“Monkey see, Monkey do.” I wonder what those fucking monkeys saw.

For the full transcript of the song lyrics, click here to visit the SFR Soundcloud.

Jul 14

“Unpopular Demand (AUPHEUS Remix)” – Prolyphic & Buddy Peace

AUPHEUS (London, UK) puts his signature doom-bap twist on this remix of PROLYPHIC & BUDDY PEACE’s “Unpopular Demand.”

While still remaining uptempo, the rhythm switches to a dancehall type pattern as Prolyphic’s vocals are cast over cosmic, ominous soundscapes. All underlaid by throbbing, overdriven bass kicks. Adjust your low end. Move your ass. Download it for free.

Digital and CD package deals of the “Working Man” LP are available here:

Aupheus’ instrumental album, EXCAVATED, is here:

Artwork for this remix single by Aupheus.

Jun 17

“DEATH OF THE BOOMBOX” – Prolyphic & Buddy Peace feat. Sage Francis & Metermaids

“Death of the Boombox” is an upbeat, throwback posse-cut featuring verses from SAGE FRANCIS and METERMAIDS. This is the latest single from the “Working Man” album by PROLYPHIC & BUDDY PEACE, available now here:

While a majority of the Working Man LP addresses the bleaker issues of working class society, Death of the Boombox provides a playful detour, acting as an old-school throw down over the kind of boombap production that intends on blowing out cheap subwoofers. This isn’t a rehashing of the played out “hip-hop is dead” argument, nor is it a eulogy for the revered portable stereos of the past. It is an energetic return to a lost moment in time when sharing music with friends didn’t involve an internet connection. Songs were simply blasted throughout the neighborhood from two speakers perched on top of a b-boy’s shoulder. “Dig…put your back into it.”

Special thanks to Pat Jensen for the boombox funeral artwork.

May 21

SAGE FRANCIS – Zero Demo // produced by BUCK 65 // FREE DOWNLOAD!

ZERO DEMO is a previously unheard version of “I Was Zero” off of Sage Francis’ LI(F)E album ( As you’ll notice, it ended up being completely re-arranged and reworked by the time it was released in 2010. On this version you will hear the original beat that Buck 65 produced for it as well as an additional Sage Francis verse that was stricken from the album version. The artwork for this single was done by Falside, photo by Anthony St. James.

Strange Famous Records is offering this demo as a free download for a limited time as a show of thanks for all the fans and their continued support. THANK YOU!

Li(f)e is available on CD & Vinyl along with more options at

Full song lyrics are available at the SFR Soundcloud here.


Apr 12

B. Dolan – “Leaving New York” BUDDY PEACE Remix

This remix of B. Dolan‘s “Leaving New York” is the 1st peek of an album-length remix project that Buddy Peace did of Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City” LP from 2010. In this song, Buddy lifts the original story of exodus and gives it a sweltering desert backdrop via some obscure psych-rock records. The nasty scratch outro serves as a clear warning: Strange Famous is out for blood this year.

This Spring feels especially notable for London’s Buddy Peace though, as it looks like the shadowy button-pusher and his endless crates are gearing up for an impressive release schedule. Last summer gave us HOUSE OF BEES VOL. 2, a mixtape collaboration with B. DOLAN that was easily among the year’s best, and SFR have just announced the April 30th release of “WORKING MAN”, Peace’s first ever official long player with RI emcee PROLYPHIC.

B. DOLAN hits the road this week, touring midwest US cities in support of “HOUSE OF BEES VOL. 2” alongside acts like Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Mike Mictlan of Doomtree and Wheelchair Sports Camp. All dates and ticket links available HERE:

Mar 19

Prolyphic & Buddy Peace – “Business As Usual”


“Business As Usual” is the first single from the new Prolyphic & Buddy Peace album “Working Man”, which drops April 30 on Strange Famous Records!

More information about the project, including exclusive SFRstore Pre-Order Packages, can be found here.

Mar 13

B. DOLAN – “Love Will Survive (Extended Live Evel Version)”

As a special Valentine treat, SFR is offering a rare B. Dolan love song as a free “Clip of the Week” on the homepage of

B. Dolan’s “FAILURE” album is available on CD & MP3 at

B. Dolan wrote:

“I don’t have a lot of love songs in the catalogue, but this track is an often overlooked favorite of mine. When I wrote this it was my goal to make a sex rap about a cockroach, worshipping body parts like rappers do.

I recently found a discarded ending I wrote for this that didn’t make the cut, but reveals a bit more about how I was envisioning the whole interaction:

This ancient sister of mine, straddling the line
prodigal oddities returning across time
sort of like what happens when the continents collide
the room as wide as an eternity
i asked her to marry me
i asked her to murder me
i told her i was not worthy to serve at her feet
but please…. nourish me.
teach me how to live.
lift me off the battlefield, have mercy on me.
there is no war to win
becoming your nothing
isn’t that what love is?

and then i heard the flickering of wings
and since then i haven’t heard… anything.”

This version of the track is the extended version heard on the “LIVE EVEL” EP.

Feb 14

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