Widely considered one of our generation's greatest lyricists, and dubbed as the "forefather of indie-hop," Sage 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 created Strange Famous Records in the late 90's and sustained himself by selling mixtapes at shows and through the mail from his Providence, RI apartment. Thanks to the advent of file-sharing networks, Sage's special brand of hip-hop spread like wildfire online, resulting in him attaining a massive cult-like following all around the world. When it was time for his first studio album, Sage set aside the more boastful side of rap by catering to his poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary. Personal Journals (2002) was hailed an instant classic by the media and music fans alike. By 2005 he was the first hip-hop artist signed to Epitaph Records and soon became one of the highest selling independent artists of the genre. Now in 2013, with all contractual obligations fulfilled, Sage Francis is finally back home at SFR and gearing up to defeat the odds once more. Storming the castle while others watch the throne.