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Origin Providence, Rhode Island
Genres Hip hop, underground hip hop
Years active 1998–2004
Labels Lex Records
Members Sage Francis
Joe Beats

Non-Prophets was a hip-hop duo consisting of rapper Sage Francis and producer Joe Beats.[1]


The duo came to people's attention with their first effort, the Drop Bass / Bounce 12-inch single on Emerge Music in 1999. The follow-up release came in 2000 as the All Word, No Play single.

Shortly after Non-Prophets singles caught a buzz, Sage Francis verbally committed to the then up-and-coming label Anticon for the release of his first solo album. Until Personal Journals' official unveiling in 2002, he self-released his Sick Of mixtapes which included Non-Prophets material.

Around the same time, Joe Beats created his first compilation of instrumentals, Reverse Discourse. Here Joey introduces his unpaused/uninterrupted style of producing. With Sage Francis' help, the album saw the light of day on his Strange Famous Records.

Their debut album Hope was released on Lex Records in 2003. It was described by Pitchfork Media as "one of the year's finest," also receiving a positive review from CMJ New Music Monthly.[2][3] In early 2004, they toured the United States on Sage Francis' Fuck Clear Channel tour.[4]

Today, the two are established as soloists. In 2004, Sage Francis signed to Epitaph Records. In 2010, his Li(f)e was the third and final record to come out on one of Epitaph's sister labels ANTI-. In 2005, Joe Beats released Indie Rock Blues on Arbeid and 24-7 Records.



Album information
  • Released: October 7, 2003
  • Label: Lex Records
  • Singles: "Damage"
  • Released: October, 2004
  • Label: Goodfoot Records

12” singles

Bounce / Drop Bass
  • Released: February, 1999
  • Label: Emerge Music
All Word, No Play
  • Released: February, 2000
  • Label: Emerge Music


  1. ^ Brown, Marisa. "Biography: Sage Francis". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Pemberton, Rollie (2003) "Non-Prophets Hope", Pitchfork Media, October 13, 2003, retrieved 2010-11-14
  3. ^ Gladstone, Neil (2003) "Non-Prophets Hope", CMJ New Music Monthly, November 2003, p. 55, retrieved 2010-11-14
  4. ^ Faraone, Chris (2007) "Artist moves to different Beats", Boston Herald, April 3, 2007, p. 36
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