No Bird Sing, the Minneapolis trio of emcee Joe Horton, drummer/producer Graham O’Brien and guitarist/producer Robert Mulrennan, will be releasing their third LP, Definition Sickness, on November 12 via Strange Famous. For lead single “Don’t Think”, a brooding banger with a doublespeak chorus you have to hear about fives times to truly appreciate, they’ve enlisted label head Sage Francis for a show-stealing verse. The album also features guest shots from Kristoff Krane, Sadistik and Aby Wolf, amongst others.
My head has only had two days to digest “Don’t Think”, but my gut is telling me it’s one of the best rap songs of 2013. Stream below, download here, and check out the Definition Sickness pre-order deals over at SFR if you feel so inclined.
Making their return to NYC nearly a year after the Church of Love and Ruin came through Webster Hall, Providence’s Sage Francis and B. Dolan brought their A-game to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory on a rainy Friday night. The Epic Beard Men were joined by Strange Famous Records labelmates Metermaids, Prolyphic and some special guests for three and a half hours of diverse indie rap with a message.
After Brooklyn-based Metermaids’ opening set, B. Dolan took the stage in a suit and shades with a frame missing to perform the anti-swag, reworked blues standard “King Bee.” Once Dolan had removed his coat revealing a dress shirt stained with bloody handprints and proceeded to murder his verse on “Film The Police,” I …
As Strange Famous Records celebrates the release of Prolyphic & Buddy Peace’s Working Man LP, Sage Francis has rallied the troops for a three-show northeast run at month’s end. Sage and Prolyphic will be joined by SFR labelmates B. Dolan and Metermaids for shows in Brooklyn (5/24 @ Knitting Factory), Providence, RI (5/25 @ Fete Ballroom) and Portland, ME (5/26 @ Space Gallery). Catch Prolyphic & Buddy Peace’s video for “Drug Dealer” below and visit Strange Famous for additional tour details.
From his open mic poetry days in NYC to ripping mics at the earth-shattering Church of Love and Ruin shows, B. Dolan has always used his platform and his art to rally against a host of evils plaguing modern man. Falling in line with the ethos of the Church festival, which recently celebrated its second year tearing through the northeast, Dolan’s “Which Side Are You On?” is a battle cry against small-minded hatred. Hip hop has been viewed as a homophobic art form for far too long. One need look no further than the Busta Rhymes interview clip featured in Dolan’s video for a taste of such ignorance. Along with the only footage of the arrest of Leslie Feinberg, a prominent transgender activist who tagged the Minneapolis City Jail is solidarity with Cece McDonald, Atmosphere‘s Slug makes a cameo marching alongside Dolan.
“Which Side Are You On?” is taken from Dolan’s House of Bees Vol. 2 mixtape, available now on Strange Famous Records. His Church of Love and Ruin tour, featuring Sage Francis on select shows, is currently making its way through the UK, with remaining dates listed after the video.
With one week til the release of “House of Bees Vol. 2,” B. Dolan and the folks at Strange Famous have unleashed “King Bee,” the song teased in the original HOBV2 trailer that debuted a month ago.
“King Bee” finds Dolan & Buddy Peace jacking for beats and making a certified rap banger out of the blues standard of the same name. In no mood to pull punches, Dolan tees off with a brash reminder of his hard-earned credibility: “I invented Ugly,” he declares, and proceeds to bare his teeth at more than a few of his rap peers. Mr. Dolan is sounding more seasoned and antagonistic than ever on this one, and doesn’t hesitate to throw shade at a field of peers who would rather “stay home and hope to go viral” than dedicate themselves to …