SAGE FRANCIS – “Dead Man’s Float”
We’ve thrown the term around before, but 2016 was a real hell of a year. We don’t know a soul who wasn’t touched in some terrible, tangible way by the last 12 dark months.
There were bright moments as well, and for us, much of that light was cast by our Strange Famous crew and family of supporters. To each and every one of you, we say thank you, and much love.
To mark the end of this turn around the sun, we’ve decided to release a new video: Sage Francis’ “Dead Man’s Float” (produced by Cecil Otter, from Sage’s 2014 “Copper Gone” LP), directed by David Karacic.
Given what we’ve all just lived through, we thought the lyrics were particularly appropriate. And so, to 2016 we say:
Go away. Disappear. Be extinct.
To 2017: If last year didn’t get us, there’s no way you’re gonna. We’re going to put the smackdown on you before you can on us.
Time to teach this motherfucking new year who’s boss.
STRANGE FAMOUS 4 LI(F)E.
PROLYPHIC – “DNGRFLD”
Underground rap veteran PROLYPHIC returns with “DNGRFLD”, his first self-produced album in 10 years!
“This album is not about Rodney Dangerfield, and it’s not about ‘getting no respect’, says emcee/producer Prolyphic. “It’s about the reinvention of myself as an artist.”
The album maintains a heavily reflective tone, with the emcee spilling details of his earliest years as a burgeoning artist: “I miss that shit. The experience of hip hop isn’t like that anymore – the rawness has been censored, filtered, castrated. I want people to hear this album and feel a feeling that isn’t easy to find anymore.”
Prolyphic’s self-described reinvention as an artist is best evidenced in the beats he decided to rap over: after working with other beatmakers on his last 2 records, all but one of the tracks on “DNGRFLD” are self-produced.
CHECK OUT THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “RDNY” HERE
The first single, “RDNY”, touches upon another infamous Rodney, with the Rodney King incident of the Los Angeles riots of the early 1990s acting as a backdrop for the developing worldview of a young Prolyphic. Through this filter, Pro questions the true nature of the dangers permeating society in a media-driven age. More personal topics are tackled on songs like “A Bottled Message”, which expresses the persistent uncertainty of articulating your feelings and wondering if they’re every really heard. “By A Dying Art’s Bedside” examines the psyche of a rapper who fears that he won’t be there when his time finally arrives: “The hardest working man’s project is perfection, but it wasn’t til death that he could sell records.”