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B. Dolan announces the “One Breath Left” remix contest winners!

B. Dolan announces the “One Breath Left” remix contest winners!
B. Dolan announces the winners to the “One Breath Left” remix contest!


Incredible work from all of these finalists!

The results are in… and we’ve decided to announce two “winner” categories.  Winner by internet poll and Winner by the judges (Alias, B. Dolan, and Sage Francis).

and the winner by internet polling is…


And the winner by the judges is…

a tie!





To download the FAITH HEALERZ remix, click here.

To download the THEORY 77 remix, click here.

The JACKSON of GRAND BUFFET remix will be available from SFR at a later date. Stay tuned!

Below is my feedback (and some requests) for each of the finalist producers.  Thanks again to everyone who took part in this contest and to the SFR staff for putting in the man hours and internet mastery to host it.

For those of you who I asked to send your beats, you can send em (if you’re so inclined) to

Aharon Hebert – beautiful beat man.  that repeating synth tone works in a really great way on my brain.  this is definitely my shit aesthetically.  fucked up, broken and hypnotic.  please send this beat my way if you get a chance.  i could definitely see doing something new with this.

Chester’s Kitchen – I’m on the porch with lemonade in this one.  And it somehow works really well.  this is good summertime shit.  Please send me this instrumental as well.  I’m having dreams of performing live to this one, or at least getting my alarm clock to play it every morning.  Your instrumentation matched the tone of my voice perfectly, and gave the song a non-cliche buoyancy that is hard to create.  Great fuckin work.

Doctor Adam – Took unfair advantage of the fact that the song was recorded at his house 😉 I love being pitch shifted up like this, because it makes me sound 5 years younger and 40 pounds lighter.  The beat knocks… the synths create a minimal, expansive vibe that I dig.  Doc. Adam DJ’s a big big hip-hop night in Portland, Oregon, and I believe this remix was created with that in mind, for the purpose of knocking in the club, and I bet it does that.  Dope remix, and a fun afternoon of recording that produced this acapella.  Big up to Doc Adam indeed.

Edison’s Iron Lung Remix – You had me at “Iron Lung.”  Shit man.  This hard as fuck, intricately layered, hypnotic and perfectly matched to my tone…. The chorus.  Shiit.  I’ve asked Edison for this instrumental too.  Unites the bloodclot proletariat by the time it’s done.  Nuff said.

Faith Healerz – That bass made me make a mean face when I heard it.  Snarling at my computer and shit.  You nasty motherfucker.  How dare you play a tone that filthy.  That’s the sound Martin Sheen makes when he rises out of the tar swamp to go kill Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now.  Slowing my voice down like that somehow turned me into fucking 2mex, which was very unexpected. Horror-core FTW.

Forest Travesty Remix – This is one that I’d like to hear without the acapella over it, because I think it’s a cool piece of music that could easily, and maybe should be standing on it’s own… Reminded me of Philip Glass in the way that a repetitive loop slowly picked up steam.  Good stuff.  But criticize Alias again and I will cut you deep. jus kiddin.

High P – The strummy guitar on the first 4 bars is what did it for me.  Felt like I was broke down in a ghosttown.  Had to give this one props if only for nailing that opening scene.

James Thomson – Another beautiful beat.  I’ve hit you up asking for this instrumental and gotten no response.  Why are you ignoring me.  Your cellos have spoken to my heart.  You can’t walk out on me now James.  Send me this goddamn beat!  I got plans for this one!  Something scandalous is happening in the castle during this one… Love the mood created and the percussion is the kinda shit I  wait to hear but seldom do.

magOwl – Some great drum programming and moody synth bidness.  Impressive manipulation of the acapella and vocal effecting too.  I wish I knew how to do a few of them things.  The production on the start of the second verse is is huge. I’m also a sucker for classic breaks manipulated in new and interesting ways.

kHill – Another one rises out of the swamp with a knife in it’s mouth.  Beat is driving, matched well to my tone, and on some bassy, country ugliness.  That twanging tone gives the whole thing a real cool character.

Rhythmatik – Charlton Heston walks into a rave?  Why am I bobbing my head like this? Great breakdown in the second verse.  This beat has travelled a thousand miles by the time its over, which is what the song is about.  Something about the quality of the main drums was just aiight for me dog… but maybe thats because I only want to hear the amen break and grinding bass from the drum & bass genre…  Hail up all nomadic massive.

Sick Transit – This was one of my top 3 from the first wave.  Some of what I look for in these contests is a beat that does something new to my tone in the way that this one does. The way the chords change during the verses, makes it impossible not to nod your head to this.  I’m also a sucker for organs (pro homo.)

Theory 77 – Quite possibly my winner.  Immediately upon receiving this remix, I burned it to a cd and drove around listening to it in the car and smoking. Hard. As. Fuck.  Incredible turntable work throughout.  Highlights all my favorite parts of the writing, even.  I can’t ask for much more than this out of a remix.  You murderrrred this man.  Jesus Christ.

Mancabbage – Sneak attack from a SFR forum O.G.  This shit is marching band big.  Who the hell knew mancabbage had it in him?  Not me. This beat yells as loud as me for sure.  I’m leading a parade down wall street in this one.  The parade-goers are all carrying torches and pitchforks.

Underground Catalyst – You made me sound like the reptiles in “V”!  The manipulation of vocals combined with the music creates a cool staggering feeling throughout the song.  The drums left a little to be desired… they had a kind of canned fruity loops feel, as did some of the tones of the synth instruments… But I see your vision, mannn.

Mr. Area – Impeach the president, eh?  Ballsy.  Ballsy choice Mr. Area.  But I was with it by the end.  Some of the vocal manipulation is really cool on this one, especially on the chorus.

Eaters – Something about those guitars is reminding me of Alice in Chains.  Is that a weird comparison?  Broke down in a ghost town again.  Kickin the tires.  Then a black hole opens up and starts swallowing tumbleweed and cactii during the chorus.  I’m with that. haha.

Osinaka – All right now.  Is that… a sample???  A prominent, discernable, sample??? But how will we license this to a  video game with that sample in there??? We won’t, that’s how.  We’ll give it away so they can’t sue us for sample clearance, and make some shit that sounds like hip hop is supposed to.  Pete Rock high fives you from rap heaven, then starts talking about how CL smooth was the least important part of T.R.O.Y.  You get disgusted and walk away.

Leif Kolt – This song was written and delivered over big mean synths, so the acapella sounds at home here.  Interesting manipulation of the chorus, turned it into a different kind of chorus.  Someone yells WHEW in the second verse.  Haha.  Energetic shit man.  Grand Buffet-esque maybe?

theLin – Some really dope music here.  The only thing I’m not totally into is the drums … which seem, in places, to be too generic for the rest of what’s going on. I’d be interested to hear this instrumental, and also to hear it with no drums.  If you have separated tracks for this, and would consider sending that to me, I’d love to hear it.  Either way though, I’m excited about this one.

Polyphonic The Verbose – Great filtering and interesting programming of the drums.  I also am jealous of anyone that can make an arpeggiator do what they want it to do.  Something about this didn’t match the tone of the acapella for me though.  I think this is another one that might need to do stand on its own, or with a different kind of song over it.

Vividend – Woh.  Now I know why a lot of people have been talking about this one.  This is some more beautiful instrumentation.  My first impression was “Sage would rip this.”  This one is a contedah for sure.  Top 5.

WIK – Spooky stuff. Great mood and interplay of sounds.  I assume the keys were played live through a synth?  I’d say the sounds themselves might need some shaping to sound a little less canned, but you clearly have some dope ability and vision.

Emancipator – Speaking of ability and vision. Another banger from emancipator.  I’m truly impressed by your composition and arrangement skills mang.  I don’t know why the fuck I don’t own your instrumental album.  Big up yahself.


Jackson of Grand Buffet – arrives a day before the deadline.  sounds like Rocky Balboa snorting coke off a leprechaun’s ass.  Transforms the acapella into a genuinely new song that’s fresh and mean enough to stand next to the original.  Which is what a great remix should do, I imagine… This is the one I’m riding with.  Bump this in the whip this summer.  phil collins industrial thrash muppet van halen.  Jackson is a fuckin genius, I’m kinda honored he’d fuck with a song of mine, also.  Blue ribbon boyeee.

-B. Dolan

May 18

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

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