Blue-collar blues

By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 14, 2013

"That's really important and not many songwriters can freak that angle."

Francis paired Pro with SFR house producer The Reanimator for the acclaimed The Ugly Truth; this time around UK-based producer Buddy Peace gets the call from the SFR bullpen. Prolyphic's personal journals are custom-fitted with Buddy's lively woofer-shredders (he also crafted beats for B. Dolan's House of Bees mixtape series), and the result is nothing short of must-hear material.

Working Man is bookended with "Stale Bread Winner" parts 1 and 2, but the somber subject matter in between is complemented by a barrage of unique beats, as Pro comes out swinging in double time on the bouncy leadoff single "Business As Usual." Prolyphic documents his mother's battle with leukemia and her pill-pushing doctors on "Drug Dealer" (the video features Storm Davis as a street corner pharmaceutical rep): "My mother said 'fuck you,' honest how it happened/Walked out his office, hasn't been back since/Took her life back in her hands and turned, said she gonna live and die on her own terms."

"Six Feet High" will resonate with all of us locals, as Pro recalls the horrific flood of 2010 and how it nearly crippled the family business built by his great-grandfather more than 60 years ago. His father persevered and rebuilt with the help of friends, family, and his employees.

"I hope this song inspires people — we're in this shit together and if we work together we can accomplish a lot as a community," he said.

White-collar thieves who charge overdraft fees while "holding paychecks ransom" face Pro's wrath on "Fuck Banks," while the fickle rap game is served notice on "UnPopular Demand" and the killer "Death of the Boombox," with guests Francis and Metermaids.

"Sage is one of the best hip-hop performers I've ever seen, so being able to learn from him has made me a better all-around artist," Pro said.

Francis offered valuable advice awhile back regarding Pro's onstage nervousness and anxiety and "transforming it into something I can use in a positive way to give back to the crowd.

"No gimmicks, just me rapping my ass off," Prolyphic declared. "That's a guarantee."

SAGE FRANCIS + PROLYPHIC & BUDDY + B. DOLAN + METERMAIDS | Saturday, May 25 @ 9 pm | Fête Ballroom, 103 Dike St, Providence | 401.383.1112 | strangefamousrecords.com

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