This Was Supposed to Be Fun, the debut LP (and second offcial offering) from Epic Beard Men, is an indie-rap tour de force by two of the underground’s finest; Sage Francis and B. Dolan. This album knocks. It parties with disreputable outlaws in truck stops. It blends the classic sounds of breakbeats and timeless drum machines with soul grooves and sub bass. Guitars, violins, and a goddamn brass band have sat in before the party’s over. On the vocal side of things, more than a few lyrical heavy-weights drop in to take their turn on the mics.

Slug of Atmosphere joins the gang in some NC-17 fun, as Sage and B. are soulfully backed by Blue Raspberry (Wu-Tang Clan) on the road-noir tale “Pistol Dave”. Eligh of Living Legends and South African newcomer Yugen Blakrok contribute blistering verses, while New Orleans Bounce legend Vockah Redu, vocalist Kathleen Stubelek of Circle Takes the Square, and San Antonio upstart Worldwide contribute brilliant supporting turns. Throughout 50 minutes of intricately produced rap music, the duo of storied rapper/poets wander freely and set fires like the latchkey kids they once were. This Was Supposed to Be Fun, but that doesn’t mean either emcee has shied away from their signature blend of the personal and political; topics range from the absurd to the unshakably true. EBM are two rap greybeards who aren’t afraid to swing freely from dead-serious to wryly hilarious.

 

Tracklist:

Hours & Minutes  
Sand Dunes  
Pistol Dave  
Circle The Wagons  
Shin Splints  
You Can't Tell Me Shit  
Hedges  
Take A Break  
The Chill Is Gone  
Man Overboard  
Crumbs In Every Bag  
Foresight  

 

Label: Strange Famous Records

Catalogue Number: LPSFR052

EPIC BEARD MEN - THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN

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