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Personal Journals [Explicit Lyrics]

Sage Francis Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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1. Crack Pipes
2. Different
3. Personal Journalist
4. Inherited Scars
5. Climb Trees
6. Broken Wings
7. The Strange Famous Mullet Remover
8. Smoke & Mirrors
9. Message Sent
10. Eviction Notice
11. Pitchers Of Silence
12. Specialist
13. Hopeless
14. Kill ya' Momz
15. Black Sweatshirt
16. Cup of Tea
17. My Name Is Strange
18. Runaways

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--This text refers to the LP Record edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Pseud's corner June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Most rebukes to the beardo consensus regarding Anticon etc consist of some chimp writing "I H8 WACK NERD RAPPAS" or something, giving the chin-stroker an even greater feeling of superiority. Hopefully my own diatribe will redress the balance (slightly).
I remember a conversation once where I was discussing the relative merits of the Anticon collective and the rest of the "intelligent" rap fraternity (Anti Pop Consortium, Aesop Rock etc.). I recall having difficulty articulating my guttural distaste for their releases, feebly mumbling some c**p about them being big girl's blouses (in the case of Anticon) and pretentious waffle-mercahants (APC and Aesop). Anyway, after some thought I seem to have come to the root of the problem: the majority of the lyrics are pretentious gibberish; and most of the beats are lame.
According to one chin-stroker, interpreting this music is like unpeeling an onion: "the outside looks normal, the beats are hip-hop, the pace is hip-hop. peel the thin outer skin. there's more. a whole new layer. more intricate. more complex.... listen more. strip off another skin. it gets deeper. and deeper." Now let's examine this hyperbole further. Allow me to quote some examples, posted by fans on Amazon, of their heroes' lyrical genius:
Aesop Rock
"Walking like a jabberwalkie scalping a one-way pair of tickets to shadowboxing"
'Ping Pong(the Return)' by Anti Pop Consortium
"My symphonic monopoly philosophy/sloppily etches notes akwardly/a quarter to three/brass amp with a gas lamp/white wig slang Wolfgang/English chamber orchestrating a deadly banger/cliffhanger"
Take a moment to ponder these words....What the hell is this supposed to mean? You seriously could not make this s**t up - it is truly beyond parody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars concious emcee? or something far beyond? Jan. 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
talk about being a concious emcee, sage francis is something beyond concious. his title says it all...Sage...he truly is one. and his album title is self explanatory..."personal journals." truly, no album gets as personal as this album and i doubt any album will EVER come close to the level of connection the sage gives to his fans. some songs will make you made, some songs will make you cry, some songs will make you want to kill yourself, and all the songs will make you think. you have to keep your attention on the song, miss one word and you'll most likely be lost in the story the good sage is trying to tell. his beats create the atmosphere of his song for the most part. if you are really sure, but want to demo sage francis...get the song personal journalist. he can rhyme, he can flow, he can spit, he does it all. sage francis' "personal journals" made me appriciate real music...not just rap not just hip hop, but music. this man makes music, he makes hip hop music. i think that's the most important thing you will get from this album. real music, true and deep lyrics from the heart and soul. he'll touch you...and remember..."if any of you guys call me francis...i'll kill ya."
big ups to my man javid for showing me the light of Sage Francis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ever peel an onion? Oct. 23 2003
Format:Audio CD
complicated, intricate, and deep lyrics. it's like an onion. the outside looks normal, the beats are hip-hop, the pace is hip-hop. peel the thin outer skin. there's more. a whole new layer. more intricate. more complex. if you've listened any deeper than that first skin you know it isn't mainstream. it isn't thugs and gangstas and guns. it's thoughts, emotions, situations, it's more than most music can be. carefully remove the second skin. getting raw. there's more. these lyrics mean something. they mean a lot. rip into the next skin. getting bitter. it cuts deep. it strikes home. you feel his life. listen more. strip off another skin. it gets deeper. and deeper.
every track sage throws at you is more than you can take, cuz the next time you hear it, you're gonna hear something you didn't hear before. and it'll happen every time. each layer is tucked away, deep inside another, you'll never get past the lyrics on this album. there's always gonna be a new take on his words. i dig it.
and, this being a review, i ought to mention that i personally am not at all one to listen to hip hop. but i was exposed to atmosphere a while back, and i've been venturing into similar bands since. so even if you happened on this review, don't know why you're here, and don't care for hip hop, i suggest you still listen to this CD. it'll probably make you realise that there is much more to music than just what you're used to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars best i got Oct. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is deffinately the best CD i have to date. every lyric is well thought out, every song great and serves a purpose on the album. each song on ths album is there for a reasone even my least favorite track "Kill your Momz" does serve a its own purpose that completes this album. it is not a good one to dance to simply because the lyrics are thought provoking and it is difficult to dance while you are contemplating his use of metaphore. but thats ok because this album is NOT DESIGNED FOR DANCING. it is Sage expressing himself NOT A PARTY MIX. The lyrics are deliverd amazingly well and the beats aren't that bad (they could be better in some cases but he chose to use these to express himself).
the only dissapointment is the exclussion of Makeshift Patriot. probably the song that attracted most of his newer fans. but it is a politically charged song and doesn't belong on this album.
i recommend this to anyone who wants to see the amazing potential hip hop has as an artistic outlet. something that goes beyond dis tracks, battles, and self endoresment.
if you want a party mix go somewhere else.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Sage Francis is okay. He isn't great or horrible. He isn't exactly for me. I'll listen to the backpacker stuff even though I rather gangster and hardcore myself.
Published on July 14 2004 by Hasafienda
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this is Entertainment
The raps are very good Funny are serious wise.Everything seems to fit on this album a very solid release from Mr. Read more
Published on July 9 2004 by Chris
2.0 out of 5 stars Lost Sage verse found in Bible Code
Absurd long-words perform surgical intrusions,
Impeding the brain with cranial confusions,
Convoluted metaphors create pompous delusions,
Leaving cyberpseuds with... Read more
Published on July 2 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Allmusic condemnation of Anticon
To paraphrase Mark Pytlik, who expresses himself far more eloquently than me on the matter (see allmusic. Read more
Published on June 18 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Not terrible...
But Great. This is the first CD I had heard by Sage Francis, and my first intelligent hip hop album. Read more
Published on May 28 2004 by "energy_3030"
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and amazing
With mostly haunting production backing up a powerful poet/rapper, sage francis' debut is nothing short of amazing, the only misstep on this album is "eviction notice"... Read more
Published on Feb. 27 2004 by N3R0
3.0 out of 5 stars Very light
Sage francis is undeniably amazingly talented, I first heard him on the Orphanage freestyle, and he came very strong. On this cd, however, the ability is there, but not the edge. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2004 by Eric Auner
4.0 out of 5 stars personal journals
this is an over-all very nice cd. sage really brings it on this cd. i wasnt totally feeling all the beats, though..some of the production seemed a little inconsistent.. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by Sam Roberts
1.0 out of 5 stars Personal Issues
This has to be the worst album I've heared in a long time! It sounds like it was produced on a two dollar budget!
Published on Dec 31 2003 by jordan
1.0 out of 5 stars Nerd rap is garbage
How can you kids actually listen to this garbage? Anticon=a bunch of nerds. In the words of DJ Premier "that ain't hip-hop, it's something else".
Published on Dec 2 2003 by The Gifted One
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