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2Mex’s First SFR Release: THE RETURNERS! Available Now!

2Mex’s First SFR Release: THE RETURNERS! Available Now!

Los Angeles emcee 2MEX is committing career suicide and loving every minute of it. His new group (yes…another group), THE RETURNERS, has delivered an album entitled Break Up Your Make Up as a loose tribute to the campy horror film, Cemetary Man. This collaborative juggernaut of a project features such indie-rap heavyweights as P.O.S., Busdriver, Grayskul, Awol One and many more.

THE RETURNERS Digital Album Download is available EXCLUSIVELY at! Click here to get yours.

In the Cemetary Man movie, “the returners” come back to life as zombies to find their true love. On this album, The Returners come back to do more of the same while invoking the spirit of mid-90’s horrorcore. Break Up Your Make Up is sort of like…Gravediggaz meets Hot Child in the City. Street tales of love lost and love lust over Deeskee’s “Temple of Boom” inspired production.

This trunk-thumping twist of a tribute is all a backdrop to the contrasting styles of veteran emcees 2Mex and Die Del Amor. They are joined on the mic by punk rocker Staceydee, making her Pharcyde-esque hiphop debut on songs like First Kill and Powerless. Bay Area producer Deeskee seamlessly ties the entire concept together, bringing back the unashamed art of sampling while weaving a fun production style into the dark and eerie vibe of the lyrics. If you sync this album up with the visuals of Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut it will save the group on video costs, so feel free to give that a try.

Or you could also check out the first video from Break Up Your Make Up, “Powerless”:


May 11

New DVDs Available! 2Mex! Scribble Jam!

New DVDs Available! 2Mex! Scribble Jam!

A mess of new DVDs have hit the virtual shelves of This Is The Life, a documentary on the genesis of West Coast underground hip hop in the ’90s, featuring SFR crewmember 2MEX, and three different Scribble Jam DVDs to soothe your sadness over the cancellation of the 2009 installment of the legendary indie hop festival. These Scribble DVDs feature appearances from Sage Francis, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Mac Lethal, MF Doom, and many many many many more.

This Is The Life DVD

In 1989, a collective of young artists gathered at a storefront health food cafe in South Central LA. Their mandate? To explore and expand the musical boundaries of hip hop.

Directed by Ava DuVernay, THIS IS THE LIFE is a feature-length documentary chronicling “The Good Life” emcees, the alternative music movement they developed, and their worldwide influence on the artform.

Featuring new interviews with: Myka Nyne and PEACE of Freestyle Fellowship, Chali2na and Cut Chemist of Jurassic 5, NgaFsh, Riddlore, Tray-Loc & Wreckless of CVE, Abstract Rude and Zulu Butterfly of ATU, Ellay Khule of Hip Hop Klan, Medusa of S.I.N, Born Allah, Ganjah K, Fatjack, JMD, Omid, Pigeon John, 2Mex of OMD, Jyant & Eve of Figures of Speech, Big Al, T-Love of Urban Props, Sheena Lester & B+ of Rappages, Mear One, Mike Nardone of KXLU’s We Came From Beyond, Garth Trinidad of KCRW’s Chocolate City, Monalisa Murray, Jah Orah, Hines, Busdriver, Monique Matthews, Keen and B. Hall & R. Kain Blaze, co-founders of The Good Life.

Scribble Jam Archive Vol 1 DVD

ALL IN ONE DVD: 2000 VIDEO #4, 2001 VIDEO #5 & THE BEST OF In 1996 Scribble Magazine and Mr. Dibbs began a festival to celebrate the first issue of “Scribble Magazine.” Scribble Jam is now known as the underground event that allows kids across the world to take an active role in the culture they love. Emcees, DJs, B-boys and Graffiti Artists come from all over to demonstrate their abilities in preserving hip-hop in its truest form. Scribble Jam is one of the only places left in America, that combines all four elements as they were meant to be. Over the years, Scribble Jam has become a proving ground for those who remain true to preserving the culture. What you (will soon) hold in your hands is a collection of highlights from Scribble Jam’s Hightlight videos that up until now were only offered on VHS.

Scribble Jam Vol 7 DVD

Scribble Jam in its 7th Year. This year kicked off with the Rhymesayers 10th Anniverary concert. Brother Ali, Eyedea and Abilities, MF Doom, Atmosphere and many more rock the spot. Saturdays highlights include first ever Beat Box competition, Freestyle Session Bboy Battle, dj battle and one of the years best MC battles. This is a 3 hour double-sided DVD which includes all Bboy Battles, Live Performaces, Dj Battle featuring Scratch Bastards and the MC battle with Rhymefest, MC Juice, Swan, and many more…

Scribble Jam Vol 9 DVD

The largest Hip-Hop festival on either side of the Mississippi actually takes place in the heart of the Midwest. It’s in Ohio of all places, and showcases not just one, but all the elements of Hip-Hop as they are meant to be. This DVD is filled with Scribble Jam 2004 Highlights that will keep even the oldest heads entertained. Scribble Jam has turned into a cultural melting pot of people who embody every element of Hip-Hop. Scribble Jam 2004 brought some of the best battles EVER! See the clash between two top Canadian DJs; Brace and Scratch Bastid battle it out in the finals. Also after 36 contestants, the 2004 pool of MC’s came down to Mac Lethal (Scribble Jam MC 2002 Champ) and Illmaculate, a 17-year-old MC all the way from Portland who was competing for the first time. It was a battle between old and new, but in the end, youth prevailed and Illmaculate walked away with $2000 and the title as the youngest MC to win in Scribble Jam history. OVER 3 HOURS LONG!

May 07

New! Classic Album Reissues!

New! Classic Album Reissues! is proud to offer 2 new CD reissues of classic hip hop albums: Special Ed’s Youngest In Charge (in a new Extended Edition), and Company Flow’s groundbreaking debut LP Funcrusher Plus!

Special Ed – Youngest In Charge (Extended Edition)
The re-release of Special Ed’s debut full length Youngest In Charge! Originally released on Profile records in 1989, Youngest In Charge boasts a track list that includes such Hip Hop classics as “I Got It Made”, “Taxing” and “Think About It” (remember the video with the hovercraft?). The album, produced entirely by Howie “Hitman” Tee, was released when Ed was just 16!

This expanded reissue features eight tracks previously not available on CD and is complimented perfectly with a 16 page booklet featuring extensive liner notes from Brian Colemen (author of Rakim Told Me and Check The Technique). The booklet also includes alternative images from the original photo shoot provided by the original photographer Robert Lewis.

Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus
If you’ve been jonesing for some groundbreaking late-’90s hip-hop that seamlessly weaves sci-fi references into agitprop and anti-capitalism, you’re in luck. Nearly a decade after the group went on hiatus, Company Flow sees its landmark (and only) LP, Funcrusher Plus, get the reissue treatment from Definitive Jux Records.

Already ahead of its time when originally released in 1997, Funcrusher Plus is widely recognized as one the most influential hip hop albums ever, shattering conventions with its musical complexity and uncompromising lyricism. Comprised of producer/MC El-P, MC Bigg Jus and DJ Mr. Len, Company Flow’s music rejected the conventional hooks and jazz/funk samples favored at the time, opting instead for jagged, lo-fi and punishing sonics crowned with confrontational and highly literate word-play and rhyme patterns.

May 01

Sage, B. Dolan, Buck 65 at SoundSet ’09!

Sage, B. Dolan, Buck 65 at SoundSet ’09!

Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN

Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose Presents bring you the second annual Soundset Festival: the official Midwest kick-off of the summer with over eight hours of the best independent Hip Hop music in one day. It all goes down at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN (rain or shine).

Confirmed artists for Soundset 09 include: Atmosphere, The Pharcyde, MF Doom, Brother Ali, Freeway & Jake One, Sage Francis with B. Dolan, Immortal Technique, P.O.S, El P with Mr. Dibbs & TMQ, Eyedea & Abilities, Abstract Rude + Aceyalone & Myka 9 = Haiku D’Etat with DJ Drez, Prince Paul, Buck 65, Blueprint with DJ Rare Groove, DJ Numark, Heiruspecs, Cunninlynguists, Blue Scholars, Sims of Doomtree, One Be Lo, I Self Devine, Awol One, Mike Mictlan & Lazerbeak = Hand Over Fist of Doomtree, Toki Wright, Grieves, Unknown Prophets, Lil Buddy Mclain, Just.Live, Kristoff Krane, El Guante, Plain Ole Bill, BK One, King Otto, and DJ Nikoless.

With options of a main stage, Fifth Element stage, DJ tent with a national b-boy/b-girl battle, slow & low custom car show and 3rd Lair skate demo, Soundset is guaranteed to bring the fun for the whole family!

Tickets are on sale NOW to the general public through and Fifth Element. General admission tickets are $30 plus applicable fees (parking is included in ticket price), After Party and VIP options are also available.

Apr 20

Sage Francis & B. Dolan added to Rock The Bells 2009!

Sage Francis & B. Dolan added to Rock The Bells 2009!

B. Dolan and Sage Francis are scheduled to appear on at least 6 Rock the Bells shows this summer!

Check back for more details soon. Meanwhile check out the tentative  line up:

Chicago, IL
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Toronto, ONT
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Washington, DC
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Boston, MA
Date & Venue to be announced soon
New York, NY
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Denver, CO
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Los Angeles, CA
Date & Venue to be announced soon
San Francisco, CA
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Miami, FL
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Vancouver, BC
Date & Venue to be announced soon
Apr 13

They’re Back! Mac Lethal Re-issues In Stock Now!

They’re Back! Mac Lethal Re-issues In Stock Now!

An AUTOGRAPHED Re-Release of classic Mac Lethal! Out of print for years, SFR has these exclusive reissues from Black Clover Records available in very limited quantities.

Love Potion Collection 1 was an assortment of songs written in 2002/2003. My friend Sage Francis invited me to go on the Fuck Clear Channel tour, and since I didn’t have any sort of record deal at the time. Or album for that matter. I decided to find my favorite 14-15 tracks I had laying around, and press them up on a CD.

Love Potion Collection 2 was the exact same concept. Except these were my favorite 16 nomadic songs I had laying around, that I pressed to CD to sell on the P.O.S Is Ruining My Life Tour in 2006. Some people say this is my best piece of music in terms of lyric writing.

So Black Clover Records has decided to no longer make them “Out of print” and re-release these bad boys! Both have new packaging, brand new covers (LPC1 is my dad after running the Oakland marathon/ LPC2 is
me getting my haircut when I was 4 years old in my suede Adidas Campus shoes). Also, I autographed ALL of the cds before we shrink wrapped them. The autograph is actually INSIDE the shrink wrap. So if you decide to purchase 2 of them, you can save 1 for your collection, and listen to the other one.

I suggest you buy Love Potion Collections 1 and 2 together, get some popcorn, and go on a ride through my early 20’s as a rapper.” – Mac

Apr 09

New SFR Knit Hats Available Now!

New SFR Knit Hats Available Now!

The long-awaited first piece of SFR headgear is here!

Call it a knit hat, a beanie, a ski hat, whatever you please, it’ll keep you warm on chilly spring nights and in the dead of winter. The SFR logo in white with ‘STRANGE’ and ‘FAMOUS’ wrapped around the sides of a black hat.

100% Acrylic. One size fits most. Machine wash in warm water. Lay flat to dry. Do not iron. 100% Made in the U.S.A.

Click here to order yours!

Mar 31

SFRstore is being updated!

SFRstore is being updated!

The Strange Famous Records Online Store will be offline while we make some improvements. Please bear with us, we’ll be back soon. In the meantime, have a look around the rest of the magical Internet world of Strange Famous, or check out SFR on YouTube or MySpace. Thanks!

Mar 31

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Brand new SNAPBACK styles & colors are in stock now, including our first Sage Francis name logo cap! Click here to see them all.

Sage Francis "Make 'Em Purr" T-Shirts! Available in Men's & Women's sizes here.

The SFR Flag Cape is an exact replica of the one worn onstage by Sage Francis! One of the most-requested Sage merch items of the past decade is finally here!

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