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.