Rapping up 2013

By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 18, 2013

Beatsmith extraordinaire Falside may have relocated to NYC (grab Platypus, his latest beat tape, at falsidebeats.com), but his prime partner in rhyme, Juan Deuce , is still here and will reportedly drop a new EP within the next few weeks (head to juandeuce.bandcamp.com). Juan & Fal’s 2013 debut EP, Mechanics, put the duo on the map (along with a memorable, triumphant opening slot for Mos Def) and caught the attention of Strange Famous Records CEO Sage Francis, who picked up distribution of the EP. Francis brought the duo on tour with SFR greats like Cranston’s own Prolyphic , who dropped the fantastic Working Man in April.

Which leads us to SFR’s twin beards in charge, Sage Francis and B. Dolan . They continue to host the Church of Providence festival/shitshow on the final Thursday of every month at Fête, and Francis just released a mammoth 24-track mixtape titled Sick to D(eat)h, a collection of rare demos, remixes, and new unreleased joints. Dolan accompanies Francis on killer back-to-back cuts “You Can’t Win” and “Breaking 2Bad.” Pick up Sick to D(eat)h at strangefamousrecords.com (and check out the big holiday sale while you’re there). I caught up with Francis earlier this week just as he was hopping a plane to Perth, Australia for a quick tour and got the official SFR scoop.

“I am about to release a video for the song ‘Blue’ from the new mixtape. It focuses on PTSD and the lack of support/care that veterans are receiving from the government when they return home from war. That project has been consuming my past two weeks and it’s finally done. Other than that, I’m wrapping up my Australian tour as I finish writing the new record. When I get home I’ll start recording immediately. The album is going to drop in June. The tour is already being booked for North America, UK, and Europe for the second half of 2014.

“B. Dolan is also writing and recording his new album. SFR has a lot of projects that are all bubbling up at the same time and we need to figure out how to keep them all out of each other’s way. Alas, it’s a good problem to have. We’ve actually increased our staff, which is a big deal for us. We’re expanding as a company rather than trimming down. 2013 was the year we got the wheels spinning again. No sense in talking much about it. The actions will be loud. Strange Famous. . . ’til 2014 breaks us.”

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