This remix of B. Dolan’s “Leaving New York” is the 1st peek of an album-length remix project that Buddy Peace did of Dolan’s “Fallen House, Sunken City” LP from 2010. In this song, Buddy lifts the original story of exodus and gives it a sweltering desert backdrop via some obscure psych-rock records. The nasty scratch outro serves as a clear warning: Strange Famous is out for blood this year.
This Spring feels especially notable for London’s Buddy Peace though, as it looks like the shadowy button-pusher and his endless crates are gearing up for an impressive release schedule. Last summer gave us HOUSE OF BEES VOL. 2, a mixtape collaboration with B. DOLAN that was easily among the year’s best, and SFR have just announced the April 30th release of “WORKING MAN”, Peace’s first ever official long player with RI emcee PROLYPHIC. www.tinyurl.com/WorkingManSFR
B. DOLAN hits the road this week, touring midwest US cities in support of “HOUSE OF BEES VOL. 2″ alongside acts like Sage Francis, Toki Wright, Mike Mictlan of Doomtree and Wheelchair Sports Camp. All dates and ticket links available HERE: www.strangefamousrecords.com/sfr-tour-dates/
Strange Famous emcee B. Dolan has come together with The DJBooth to bring listeners his latest album, House of Bees Vol 2. The project finds the Providence, R.I. rhymesayer combining the raw honesty of 2008’s The Failure and the bombast of 2010’s Fallen House, Sunken City in 13 original cuts and two bonus tracks. Included are Booth-approved leaks “Film the Police,” “King Bee,” “100 Bars for SFR” and “Still Here.” Joining Dolan on the guest tip throughout House of Bees Vol 2 are Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Metermaids and Epic Beard Men partner-in-rhyme Sage Francis. All beats come courtesy of Buddy Peace, Reanimator and B. Dolan.
With one week left to pre-order B. DOLAN’s “HOUSE OF BEES VOL. 2″ lp, the folks at Strange Famous Records have finally let us hear “KING BEE”, the song teased in the original HOB2 trailer that debuted a month ago.
What do indy rappers SAGE FRANCIS and B. DOLAN have to do with the “Epic Beard Man” internet meme? The group name was given to them by fans, but has probably stuck around because watching these two rock a live show together is like watching a grumpy homeless man turn into a human tornado and smash everything in sight.
Separately, both men are often known for their honest, concept-heavy and carefully crafted songs. However, their heavier output has always been balanced by the fact that both emcees genuinely dumb out on some ‘rap shit’ every now and then, and “2BAD” is an unapologetic chance to do just that.
“2BAD” is the first song released under the EBM moniker, and pays tribute to the graveyard of crumbs, trainwrecks, and also-rans that have come and gone through the years. One way or another, the Dummies have managed to Fuck Up, and “2BAD” salutes them all for the entertainment they provide.
“KING BEE”, the swag-heavy song featured on the HOUSE OF BEES Vol. 2 video trailer, was the intended first single for the album. However, the recent passing of rap legend Adam Yauch (MCA of the Beastie Boys) stopped us all in our tracks and set a different tone among the hip-hop community. As a result, we’ve decided to put bravado aside for a minute and leak a song that’s fit to honor his passing and the moment. ”STILL HERE” is HOBV2′s album opener and acts as a mission statement of sorts.
B. DOLAN’s “FILM THE POLICE” pays tribute to N.W.A.’s infamous “F*ck the Police,” serving as a call to action for the digitized media movement while responding to the recent explosion of police brutality all across the world.
This free MP3, courtesy of STRANGE FAMOUS RECORDS, features a reconstruction of Dr. Dre’s original beat, brilliantly reanimated by UK producer BUDDY PEACE. Label CEO, SAGE FRANCIS, opens the song by picking up the gavel where Dr. Dre left it 23 years ago, introducing a blistering, true-to-style flip of Ice Cube’s original verse by SFR cornerstone, B. Dolan. TOKI WRIGHT (Rhymesayers Entertainment) follows up by stepping into the shoes of MC Ren, penning the people’s struggle against cops as a case of “Goliath Vs. a bigger giant.” Finally, Jasiri X (Pittsburgh rapper/activist) rounds out the track by filling in for Eazy-E, reminding us that police brutality disproportionately affects poor people of color.