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Hope Import


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 15 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lex Records
  • ASIN: B0000B17MO
  • Other Editions: LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

1. Intro
2. Any Port
3. Damage
4. That Ain't Right
5. Disasters
6. F R E S H
7. Mainstream 307
8. A Mill
9. Spaceman
10. Xaul Zan's Heart
11. New World Order
12. Tolerance Level
13. The Cure
14. Outro

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By A Customer on Feb. 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
HOPE is a positive word, when you look at the title of the album, you can expect the kind music in it. I do not have this album but I have a little comment to make for the Intro of this album. When I listened the sample on FYE.com, I was turned off by the Intro sample that Joe used came from a short instrument at the end of the song from Vakill - The Darkest Cloud called Til' the World Blows Up. The sample is exactly the same with "Til' the..". Producers use sample to make sounding music, I'm not a producer so you may say I know nothing about sampling but nonetheless underground heads are just delivering good music to elevate the community and people. Heads love 'Personal Journals' not because of the unspiritual rhyming, so I would expect this is another decent album by Sage Francis and Joe Beats should be given props for making banging tracks on the album too. Since I do not own this album, it is fair for me to rate no star for this decent album.
Since Amazon.com does not allow reviewer to rate the album no star, I guess I would just give it 4 star.
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For bad hiphop, and I found it. For as long as I remember, Sage Francis has been the sickest MC to lay down vocals. His "Still Sick" series of CD's collect some original songs, radio apperances and freestyles, and "Personal Journals" is easily one of the greatest hiphop albums of all time, and now this. "Hope" takes off where Journals left us and elevates the listener even further. Many waited skeptically for the follow up to Journals, and they weren't let down at all. The cd hasn't left my car stereo since I bought it. Every track is classic. So many different styles and themes from Sage, and Joey Beats has laid out some awesome tracks for Sage to lay the knowledge on. Sage hits on so many issues, every time you listen to a song you hear something you didn't before. Lot's of references to other artists, current issues, and Sage's own philosophy of the art. Long story short, if you're as sick at the state of hiphop/rap as I am, "Hope" is easily "The Cure". You won't be dissapointed. "My god, has it come to this...I'm the Spaceman".
My favorite tracks: New Word Order, Spaceman, Mainstream 307, Tolerance Level.
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then listen to non-prophets. they say some stuff that makes you go..."ah damn, how come i didn't think of that." sage francis on this album brings along friend and producer...joe beats, and frankly, anything with sage francis can't be bad. this time, sage francis returns with a vengence, he disses EVERYONE although i'm still trying to figure out who. the sage is pissed, but he keeps his head. he still delivers with brand new flows that continually amazes you. you can't stop listening to this album, bar after bar of constant knowledge, but wait, the good sage delivers some funny's this time. yeah, sage is capable of comedy and he somewhat throws out a few cracks here and there, and when i say crack i be snap, slam, or w/e you know them as. sage boldly goes to diss jay-z and a lot of the mainstream. sage tells you he hates the mainstream with a class on "mainstream 307" although "a mill" would be good. "any port" would be good for non-prophet's "hope" to land on. joe beats gives you "the cure" with some insane beats and sage as always gives you a "new word order." if you liked "personal journals" you'll like this album, if you loved "personal journals" you'll fall in love with this. if you hated "personal journals" there is something wrong with you, but nevertheless, pick up this album.
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Rhode Island isn't exactly what you would call a Hip-Hop hotbed but Sage Francis (emcee) and Joe Beats (producer) have come to carry the (ahem) cross for the nation's smallest state. Known as Anticon mainstays, the two have deviated from their art-hop path to make a more classic, old-school rap album in the vein of BDP or Public Enemy. You'll understand once Joe's bass and hard drums rip through "Any Port" as Sage kicks straight forward battle rhymes and social commentary his following might not be used to. He even manages to kick some dirt in the face of the industry on "Mainstream 307" as Joe Beats sets an atmosphere reminiscent of the angst the artists went through in the mid-90s. To dig deeper, the haunting "The Cure" features a wailing muted trumpet caressing Sage's poetic lines of searching for lost love and a cure for his physical as well as emotional ailments. But it doesn't really get wishy washy as the hardcore beats and rhymes of "Tolerance Level" and "New World Order" sticks with the purpose of the album: to produce revolutionary hardcore Hip-Hop like it is no longer done. A record that plays through without many hitches or errors is one thing. One that makes you long to hear it all the way through each time is another. "Hope" is the latter. Definitely check it out.
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Remember way back in the day when you just couldn't wait for the next Run-DMC or KRS record? That the feeling I had waiting for HOPE to arrive at my apartment via UPS. This is probably the best pure Hip Hop disc since God Loves Ugly (Atmosphere). This is the album that will probably force Sage, Joe Beats and friends into the mainstream. Whather or not that is a good thing has yet to be decided.
This disc is a wonderful blend of old school and underground peppered with a myriad of tributes to the old school, pop culture references and who did they just sample? Trying to name the samples is a game in itself. True heads will appreciate the brillance of this LP. Both the lyrics and production are tight and Mek-a-lek's scratches keep near perfect time. BUY THIS ALBUM!!!
My favorites on this disc are Damage, Fresh and Tolerence.
"...I go to Fugazi shows and request Minor Threat songs."
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