B. Dolan is an explosive, confrontational hip-hop lyricist and performer from Providence, RI who first came on the scene in 2008. Starting with a lo-fi, apocalyptic concept record titled “The Failure” Dolan floored listeners with tracks that were at turns personal, poetic, sweeping and strange. Years ahead of its time stylistically, it was released by Sage Francis’ Strange Famous imprint, where fans began slowly gravitating to the album and to Dolan’s intense live performances. One of those fans, producer Alias of Anticon Records, would become the sole collaborator on Dolan’s 2010 follow-up “Fallen House, Sunken City”, an underground rap opus that was praised by critics and fans alike, cementing Dolan’s place in the landscape.
Turning to hip-hop’s favourite unofficial format to explore different styles and experiment, Dolan then released a three-part mixtape series titled “House of Bees vols. 1-3” Political mixtape tracks like “Film the Police,” “Which Side Are You On?” and “The Devil is Alive” would become some of the rapper’s biggest anthems, while an exhaustive worldwide tour schedule won an army of fans for the unlikely bearded emcee from the Northeast.
in 2015, Dolan upped the ante yet again by self-producing an entire LP with a cast of over 30 musicians, vocalists and beatmakers. “Kill The Wolf” featured contributions from a diverse group of peers that included Kathleen Stubelek of the hardcore act Circle Takes the Square, Dave Lamb from Brown Bird,Buck 65 and Aesop Rock.
Since his signing to SFR, Dolan has toured exhaustively and internationally to win himself a devoted cult following. So far his continually shapeshifting presentation, outsider perspective, and masterful execution have kept them coming back.
Billy Freekin Dee. In the beginning… there were turntables on a hardwood floor. DJ’ing for the first six months was done on the ground with a case of beer. Eventually he got a table a mpc and better. With this betterness he was able to release 2 mixtapes, produce 4 full length albums, win 2 DMC’s and play hundreds of shows. He is now combining all of these experiences together to create one performance that you can dance to or sit back and enjoy. or hate. Dj Abilities for 2011.
Known individually throughout the independent music world for their ferocious talents in front of the mic and behind the boards, long-time collaborators Cas One (raps) and Figure (beats) have made their artistic union official and signed with Strange Famous Records for their first full-length group album, set to drop late in 2016.
These monsters of the Midwest hail from the miniature metropolis of Evansville, Indiana, USA – not the first place on the map that leaps to mind when considering incubators for cutting-edge compositions in the indie rap and EDM worlds. Despite lacking the benefit of big-city support systems, both Cas and Figure have managed to build cult-like followings and gain national notice for their individual endeavors over the years.
Never hiding their fangs, they strive to distill the aggressive nature found in their acclaimed stage shows into their SFR debut, a record that maintains that same energy in your headphones.
Perhaps it was the euphoria of the first time he heard a rhyme collide
with a beat. It may have been the gruesome civil war that touched his
young life, and that war’s impact his family. Likely, it was the
fusion of the two experiences that inspired a young Kedrick Mack to
develop and refine his sound into what is now the intense, distinctive
art of emcee/producer Dope KNife.
“NineteenEightyFour”, Dope KNife’s Strange Famous debut, effectively
demonstrates his style in ferocious, focused bursts, fused into a
gritty boom-bap soundscape littered with dense wordplay. The album
title refers to the year of Kedrick’s birth, the same year in which he
fell into a water well in Sierra Leone. “I have a scar on the back of
my skull from it,’ Mack explains. “How it happened became one of those
stories that my mother would reveal to new acquaintances as they
became friends. As a result, as an adult, for me, the story is like
the last barrier of information I give a person as an affirmation of
our relationship. If a person has known me long enough for me to tell
them how I fell in a well as a baby, it’s a sign I’m opening up to
them. ‘NineteenEightyFour’ is that last barrier for me as a musician.”
The son of a US diplomat, Mack’s childhood was spent hopping around
the globe in the course of his father’s work. Most of that travel was
within the continent of Africa, including a residency in Liberia, his
mother’s home country. Liberia’s civil war broke out, and while he and
his immediate family were able to evacuate, his mother’s extended
family were not so fortunate, leaving them to live amongst the chaos
of a decade-long conflict. He’d learn of his family’s tragedies and
hardships through the tears on his mother’s face, an almost daily
ritual that left him feeling isolated during his teen years. His
discovery of music, and hip-hop in particular, gave him a way to reach
out: he began to immerse himself in the culture, finding inspiration
in artists as disparate as Rakim, Nine Inch Nails, and Ice-T. He began
fronting a rap/rock band and spending time on the freestyle battle
Remaining true to his collaborative roots, Mack invites a gang of
indie emcees to contribute to “NineteenEightyFour”; rappers with whom
he built a mutual respect over years of extensive touring appear on
the posse cuts “#SQUADGOHARD” and “Tombstone”. KNife uses the solo
album format to display his sharp wit and a knack for social
commentary, and to explore heavier subject matter and experiment with
his own music production. Moments of note include the first single,
“Name Up”, and the introductory mission statement “Nothing To Lose”.
Strange Famous label boss Sage Francis makes an appearance on “Cult
Personality”, and indie rap troubadour Ceschi pops up on “Fear and
“NineteenEightyFour” is available now at all digital retailers via
SFdigi, and on exclusive limited edition CD + 7” records at