Long time fans of Sage Francis are in for a treat as the wordsmith is officially bring back his “Sick of” mixtape series. On December 12th, Sage plans on releasing Sick to D(eat)h, a 75-minute mix of new songs, demos, live recordings and remixes dating as far back as 1999.
For the first single, Sage and B. Dolan (together as Epic Beard Men) link up over some Buddy Peace-production on “You Can’t Win.” The second official track the two have released as Epic Beard Men and is described as a mix of “the Beasties, Run DMC, NWA and the Native Tongues.”
When B. Dolan and I formed the Epic Beard Men, we wanted it to be the kind of thing where we could make fun hip-hop songs and just wild out. A lot of our solo material tends to be about depressing shit, so it’s good to have the option to do stuff that’s more traditional and reminiscent of the kind of hip-hop we grew up on. I’d say it’s a mix between the Beasties, Run DMC, NWA and the Native Tongues. If that makes any sense. This is only the second official song we’ve done as EBM, both tracks produced by Buddy Peace, and it ended up being 10 minutes long. We actually got into a serious argument about how to end the song which could have ended our bearded union if Buddy Peace didn’t step in and demand that we not shout out every single city we’ve ever played at the end of the song. “Just some of the places…just some,” he said. Many thanks to Dan Sawyer for letting us record in his studio.
Pre-orders are available now, with a break down of the project and each track included being placed on SFR. For the record… I need the Atmosphere-assisted “I Don’t Know”  in my life.. like ten years ago!