Fake Four Inc. is an independent record label based in New Haven, Connecticut. It was founded by Ceschi and David Ramos in 2008.
According to an interview with Ceschi on Ugsmag.com, the Ramos brothers started Fake Four Inc. with help from Grimm Image Records in San Bernardino, California and Squids Eye Recording Collective in Dayton, Ohio as an outlet to release and distribute their personal music projects and those of their friends. Since the initial release This Up Here by David Ramos, Fake Four Inc. has been an entirely self-sufficient label.
Fake Four Inc. does not adhere to genre specifications. Brett Uddenberg of URB praised the label for pushing the boundaries of indie rap.Chris Faraone of The Phoenix wrote "you heard it here first: Fake Four is the most important label in progressive hip-hop right now."
The first full-length release on Fake Four Inc. came with This Up Here by David Ramos on May 20, 2008. It is self-published album by co-founder of the label and Modern Drummer magazine's Top 10 Progressive drummers. The album was reviewed by Tiny Mix Tapes, and XLR8R.
In 2010, Fake Four Inc. became official label partners with Circle Into Square in Portland, Oregon and took on production and distribution duties for the smaller like-minded label. Fake Four Inc. is exclusively distributed by Sonic Unyon in Canada and Redeye Distribution worldwide.
In 2013, an Indiegogo campaign for Fake Four Inc. raised over $52,000 to cover manufacturing costs and operating expenses.
Fake Four Inc. has released the albums by Astronautalis, Blue Sky Black Death, Boy in Static, Busdriver, Electric President, K-the-I???, Myka 9, Noah23. Nearly all releases on the label have placed on CMJ charts, including Vessel by Dark Time Sunshine on #2 CMJ Hip Hop ranking and Lawson Graham by Factor and Owl Hours by Awol One & Factor on #3 CMJ Hip Hop showings.
Fake Four Inc. has also been noted for their intra-label collaborations and artists signed to the label have self-booked tours through the United States, Canada and Europe.
Bike for Three!,
Blue Sky Black Death,
Boy in Static,
Cars & Trains,
Dark Time Sunshine,
Gregory Pepper & His Problems,
Mic King & Chum,
Open Mike Eagle,
Pretend You're Happy,
Sole and the Skyrider Band
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