Sage Francis Bio

sageSage 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.

“COPPER GONE”, Francis’ 6th studio album, dropped on June 3rd, 2014 via Strange Famous Records. This indie release managed to break Billboard’s Top 200 as well as iTunes top 5 for hip-hop in both the US and in the UK. In 2016 Sage Francis was granted an honorary patronage by the prestigious Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland for his contributions to literature. Francis continues to tour internationally and is developing a new group project with B. Dolan called EPIC BEARD MEN, slated for a 2018 release.


Sage Francis
Upcoming Events


Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Venue: New Town Theatre Tickets
Show: 6:00pm

Sage Francis and B. Dolan return to the Fringe Festival and plan on fixing your whole life within one hour every day between Aug 4-27 (except for Mondays.) Tickets for all dates here: http://www.seetickets.com/tour/sage-francis-b-dolan-present-tricknology

#TRICKNOLOGY will expose the diabolical trickery of slam poets, battle rappers, improv comics, sh*t mentalists, self-help gurus, li(f)e coaches, faith healers and reality TV presidents. This is what The Secret would be if it actually worked.  It’s time to violently open your chakras and get your squad goals realigned by these two monsters of the stage.


Borlange, Sweden

Venue: Broken Dreams Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

Our first time in Borlange! Sage Francis and B. Dolan will do solo music sets. Expect some new Epic Beard Men material as well.


Tampere, Finland

Venue: Jack the Rooster Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

Sage Francis and B. Dolan will be doing their own solo music sets, but they’ll also be debuting some new Epic Beard Men material together!


Helsinki, Finland

Venue: LeBonk Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

Sage Francis and B. Dolan will be doing solo music sets. Expect some new Epic Beard Men material as well.


Tallinn, Estonia, Djibouti

Venue: Kohvik Sinilind Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

This show is not in DJibouti. It is in Estonia. WordPress didn’t allow us that option. But maybe we can find a DJ named ibouti to back us up at this show. This is our first time in Estonia!


Regensburg, Germany

Venue: Alte Mälzerei
Show: 8:00pm

Sage Francis and B. Dolan in Regensburg, Germany as part of their EU2017 Tour.


London, United Kingdom

Venue: Heaven Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

Sage Francis solo set + B. Dolan solo set + an excuse for the boys to debut some brand new Epic Beard Men material = Heaven.


Preston, United Kingdom

Venue: LiVe Venue Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

Sage Francis and B. Dolan will be doing their own solo music sets, but definitely expect new Epic Beard Men material to be debuted.


York, United Kingdom

Venue: The Crescent Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

This is a Sage Francis and B. Dolan spoken word show. First time in York!