Sage Francis Bio

2019 EPIC BEARD MEN tour dates have been announced! For details: CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned for info on the upcoming full length album.

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


Worldwide, Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Venue: AwfulGoodWriters Tickets
Show: 2:00am Cost: $150.00

One day a week, for one month, with a total of four 90-minute workshops. This workshop is pricey at $150, but this includes much more than what most artists are offering with “livestream performances.”


* Creative Therapy – The shaky art of dealing with depression, trauma, and writing oneself out of such dark places.
* Magic in the Break Up – The catharsis of “writing off the world” as well as traps to avoid in “woe is me”, failed relationship  poetry.
* Confessions and Consequences – How best to protect one’s privacy while being very public. It’s more of an art than a science.
* The Dirty, Dirty Business – Tips for those who aspire to succeed in the same world that they’re writing off.

LIMITED REGISTRATION — We will cap this workshop off at 100 people total. Sage Francis wants the opportunity for several one-on-one interactions outside of the designated workshop hours. The capacity limit is necessary to ensure nothing gets rushed. Sage intends on interacting with each participant to help them improve their writing, performance, and/or career development.

* Weekly 90-minute live writing session and discourse lead by Sage Francis.
* Q&A with Sage during each session — all questions are welcomed.
* An opportunity for writing and performance feedback.
* Weekly emails from Sage Francis with writing prompts to prepare for each upcoming course along with reviews from the previous course.
* Sensitive topics and discussions between Sage Francis and the participants. We highly request (if not fully demand) these things be experienced and shared in confidence.