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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.

Events

Sage Francis
Upcoming Events

19
Oct

Bristol, United Kingdom

Venue: The Fleece Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

20
Oct

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.

21
Oct

Preston, United Kingdom

Venue: 53 Degrees 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.

22
Oct

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!

9
Nov

New Orleans, LA

Venue: One Eyed Jacks Tickets
Doors: 7:30pm Show: 7:30pm Door $: $15

This is an early show! Sage will probably hit the stage at 8pm.
18+

29
Dec

Portland, OR

Venue: Star Theater Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

30
Dec

Denver, CO

Venue: Oriental Theater Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

31
Dec

Grand Junction, CO

Venue: Mesa Theater Tickets
Show: 8:00pm

PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH UNCLE SAGE!
Don’t forget to bring your kissy face to this beautiful Colorado mountain.

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