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Sage puts his Strange stamp on Rooftop Shake

Submitted by on September 6, 2011 – 3:34 pmNo Comment

In the world of underground hip-hop there are few co-signers who immediately draw attention to a new artist or group like Sage Francis. His Strange Famous Records label is home to an exclusive roster of hip-hop heavyweights, including Canadian rapper Buck 65 and, most recently, Metermaids. In this Martyr exclusive, Metermaids’ Swell discusses the new home on Sage’s label, opens up on collaborating with Grammy winner 9th Wonder and breaks down the duo’s infectious new disc, Rooftop Shake.

Are you and Sentence actually considering forming a supergroup with Sage called Bad Things?

Nah (laughs), I tweeted that because we just put out a song with him. I love that dude, both as an artist and person, and I tweeted that just as a joke, but I don’t think it’s actually gonna happen.”

Rob Swift has been called an honorary member of Metermaids. Are there plans to bestow others, perhaps 9th Wonder or even Sage, with that title in future?

We consider all those guys Metermaids fam. Metermaids will always be me and Sentence and we’ll just call our family the people we work with, and love working with.

Rooftop Shake marks the duo’s first record on Strange Famous. How has the relationship with Sage Francis’ label been thus far and where do you see it going in the future?

It’s been fantastic so far. He’s an idol [and] he’s been as good to us personally as you can expect. As far as the future goes, who knows? If it [the new album] does well, maybe they’ll want to hitch on with us again and if it doesn’t, probably not. That’s just the way the business is.

How did the collaboration with Buck 65 come about?

We were sending Sage beats that we were considering using and he listened to a couple of ’em and was like, ‘this one, I wanna jump on this and I’m gonna send it through some other people and see if anyone else wants on it.’ And we got the feedback and it was like, ‘hey, Buck wrote to this, check it out.’ Buck’s the shiiiiit – that’s almost more of a bug out than having Sage on it.

Metermaids has been referred to as the “bad new bears of hip-hop.” Where does that name stem from?

We almost every time end up fucking something up: Late for shows; we don’t have a DJ for a show; we book and throw a show when a hurricane happens. It seems to be like something that follows us around. But we’ve been really, really blessed with the people that we’ve gotten to work with and stuff we’ve gotten to do, so it’s not like we’re trying to paint ourselves as the underdogs. ’Cause we’re idiots we end up fuckin’ shit up all the time.

Have either of you had the pleasure of working a “Graveyard Shift?” Where was the idea to pen that song born?

Both of us are chronic fuckin’ insomniacs. All the work that we get done for shit happens post-midnight. We were trying to do something to celebrate people in the community who are holdin’ down when everybody else is sleeping.

You guys set a goal of 4,000 hits for the video for the album’s first single, “8MM,” and far exceeded that number. Do you have any goals for the number of units of the album you’d like to move, or is that unnecessary foresight?

For some people that’s like nothing [4,000 hits in a week] but for us it’s huge. As far as LPs sold, we moved like 2,000 units of Nightlife [Metermaids first full-length] three or four years ago… We know how it is and we don’t want to keep expectations too high. We hope that people like it and buy it but I don’t have a frame of reference to know what a success for us would be.

Where do you see Rooftop Shake stacking up against Nightlife or your last EP, Smash Smash Bang?

9th Wonder is a legend to us, Rob Swift is a legend to us, Sage is a legend to us, Buck’s a legend to us – we got to work with people who were absolute dreams to work with so for me Sentence, on a personal level, this shit’s already a success.

For more or to buy the album visit Strange Famous Records

Interview by Rémi L. Roy


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