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  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: FAB
  • ASIN: B00079HZZC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,684 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. The Buzz Kill
2. Sea Lion
3. Gunz Yo
4. Escape Artist
5. Product Placement
6. Voice Mail Bomb Threat
7. Dance Monkey
8. Sun Vs Moon
9. Agony in Her Body
10. Crumble
11. Ground Control
12. Lie Detector Test
13. Bridle
14. Slow Down Gandhi
15. Jah Didn't Kill Johnny

Product Description

Sage Francis is to indie hip-hop what Rage Against the Machine was to alternative rock, a full frontal ambi-political rush that turns its voice man into a deified performer with legions of impressionable youths hanging on his every word.

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I downloaded this album around a month ago and it's been a mainstay on my MP3 player ever since as I've been anxiously awaiting the release date of this Gem.
If you're expecting another Personal Journals, or even the Non-Prophets "Hope" album be prepared for something drastically different. This album has some serious kick to it. Production is stepped up, the rhyming is tighter though more uniform, and the songs have an amazing flow to them.
This is an entire album of hits, even the almost obligitory answering machine message, the end of which should make you laugh pretty hard.
Just like Dizzee Rascal, or The Roots "Tipping Point" this album is pushing the boundary of what hip hop really is.
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Beautiful, thoughtful, funny, intelligent, the truth!! Can this be a hip hop album? Call it what you like Sage Francis is a master of poetry. I have listened to hip hop nearly all my life and I have never been more impressed by any artist more than Sage. This is his first album on a big time label and won't be his last. I got this the first day it came out and after many listens it still stands strong. Buy it now!!!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa7657dd4) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
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HASH(0xa76a3834) out of 5 stars Rhyming with intellect Feb. 23 2005
By Alan Pounds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The underground has brought us some exceptional MCs in the last few years. One of which, is Sage Francis. Francis has earned himself a cult following over the past few years, winning a couple of freestyle battles, and a few poetry slams. His spoken word performances have been featured on ESPN and ABC X-Games commercials. He's toured with Atmosphere and Anticon, and has booked several shows independently. In the beginning, he started off selling bootleg CD-Rs and cassettes of his material, selling thousands of copies with minimal distribution and self-promotion. Sage's fans love him so much because he raps with such conviction, bringing him a following that cannot be bought. His songs hold a fundamental value of honesty buried within his deep metaphors. To understand his music, you must understand Sage Francis, which is difficult to grasp, if not nearly impossible. It's refreshing to hear an MC spit out rhymes in unique mind-bending metaphors though. It makes you ponder upon his thoughts, forcing you to re-experience the album several times. Not only does Sage rhyme; he rhymes fast, often times with superior speed and clarity. His analogies will make you think twice if not three times. The album is filled with a refreshing production, untouched by many underground MCs. The album pulls out hard crunching guitar riffs, and soft melodic guitar rhythms; Sage is even found singing in several instances. The beats and production have never been highlighted in Sages previous works. Francis gets some of the most renowned producers in the underground hip-hop scene to help him out, including Sixtoo (also producer on Sage's "Personal Journals"), Danger Mouse (DM & Jemini), Alias (Anticon), and Reanimator among others. The base of many of his lyrics are politically based (thanks to the 2004 election), but since they are in the form of metaphors, it's a bit harder to pick up. It's no wonder that the ever-growing and respected Epitaph label picked him up. It's time for hip-hop enthusiasts to drop the Clear Channel playlist and make one of their own, derived of quality material.

"The Buzz Kill" opens up the album with a bang. It sets the stride for the album, spewing out poetic rhymes, and intellectual social commentary. "Gunz Yo" investigates the symbolism of weapons, from the gun to the phallus to the tongue. "Escape Artist", one of my current favorites, contains some of the fastest rapping on the album, along with some sweet send-ups and break-downs. "Sun Vs Moon" is about a DJ battle between the Moon and the Sun. "Agony in Her Body" and "Crumble" explore the dichotomy of sex and violence. Another one of my favorites is "Slow Down Gandhi", produced by Reanimator. The biggest surprise on the album is the last track, "Jah Didn't Kill Johnny". The song contains the most diverse music, as well as Sage's tribute to Johnny Cash.

If you enjoy any underground hip-hop at all, you would be a fool to pass up this album. You owe it to yourself to see how far hip-hop as come. Successful underground artists like Sage Francis, Eyedea & Abilities, Atmosphere, Immortal Technique and Brother Ali are revered as the savior of hip-hop because they realize the the top is the bottom. In the words of Immortal Technique "If you go platinum, it's got nothing to do with luck / It just means that a million people are stupid as fu*k". People need to turn on the radio and hear intelligent and influential rap music like Sage Francis; not your top 40 bling-blingin' crap like Juvenile. If you haven't already, stop swimming in Clear Channel's sea of waste and corporate greed. Do yourself a favor and explore the underground.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76a3888) out of 5 stars Hip-Hop Hero Oct. 28 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On A Healthy Distrust, Sage Francis attacks military recruitment techniques. He challenges God in "Sun vs. Moon" - "The Devil only exists because you believe in him / Same goes for that other guy." He questions political activists, among others, in "Slow Down Gandhi" - "You support the troops by wearing yellow ribbons? Just bring home my motherf---ing brothers and sisters." On "Gunz Yo," he says, "I know that only stupid people increase the birthrates / I'm just about dumb enough to hold up a sperm bank."

Certainly, Sage Francis is not for the faint of heart. In the same way he challenges his audience, he does so without being overly vulger. His rapping is intelligent rather than graphic. This album differs from his 2002 Anticon release, Personal Journals, in that it is more political and has a more sophisticated sound system behind it.

You're in for a treat with Sage Francis. His music is at a level of intelligence unknown to most rappers, and at the same time it reaches people on an individual level.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76a3cc0) out of 5 stars Look what I did ma... Feb. 12 2005
By L. Deimling - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With those haunting words on 'Sea Lion' Sage Francis embarks on a journey we've seen on some tracks from past works, but a Healthy Distrust explores these themes further. It's hard to compare this album to Personal Journals and Hope, both of which had their own motifs. This album explores different political and social issues in a medium that only Sage can manage. On point, Sage delves into gun control, relationships, the state of hiphop, and of course the current Administration. There are some tracks I'm still racking my brain over trying to decipher. The quality of production is awesome, giving each track an explosive feel. While the majority of the beats are different than previous albums, they can't be denied blasting out of your car with all the windows rolled down. From the opening track onward, each track is unique from the previous. As a whole, the material is so diverse you feel like you're hearing a new album each listen. 'The Buzz Kill' kickstarts everything with a beat that hits hard and lyrics that dispatch immdediately: "I used to think that rappers had it figured out..." 'Escape Artist' is a more familiar type of Sage cut. While the lyrics are pure Sage, and the beats more 'one-of-a-kind', Sage's delivery is at top form. He slows it down and speeds it up, and even displays some vocal chops on 'Jah Didn't Kill Johnny'. The cornerstone of this album is 'Slow Down Ghandi'. Every line Francis delivers poses something for the listener to think about. "Now it's whistleblower versus the pistol holder..." And though I want to write a review on each track that wouldn't be doing them justice. Healthy Distrust definitely has a different feel than Personal Journals and Hope, but it looks like Francis is ready to break out and hit everyone with an open mind over the head. This is the Sage Francis album you can't help but blast at full volume.

My favorite tracks: The Buzz Kill, Sea Lion, Escape Artist, Dance Monkey, Agony in Her Body, Crumble.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76a3cd8) out of 5 stars Sounds of the underground Feb. 18 2005
By David Mcnertney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sage Francis... what else can i say. i owe him for my newly found love for underground hip-hop. he's a true poet and a political icon to me. but the issue here is his 2nd major label release "A Healthy Distrust." When hearing about sage, all that ever comes up are "Personal Journals" and now, this album. Don't get me wrong, I liked personal journals a lot, especially the first half, and this album has a lot of good songs. but you never hear about his "Do It Yourself" efforts. In my opinion, his 4 "sick of..." compilation releases are the highlight of his career. they may not have as much production into them, but its the heart and soul of Sage's lyrics that makes him so amazing, and i persoanlly like the beats for many of his other songs more than those on this record. also, on his "sick of..." comps, you're more able to get in touch with the real sage francis. he releases free-styles, songs with other great names in underground hip-hop, and a few spoken word tracks, some of these which compete for the best tracks on the albums. So i guess what i'm getting at is, if you really want to know sage, you should look into the rest of his career. i recommend "The Known Unsoldier - Sick of Waging War" but you wont find that on Amazon. you should try checking your local independent record store. Support the bands you love and don't download their music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76a61a4) out of 5 stars Sage is the man, plain and simple. Support an amazing MC Nov. 8 2007
By Ryan A. Joyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to check out Sage with Bernard Dolan, Jared Paul, Prolyphic, and Buck 65 w/ Scratch Bastid last week at the Middle East. Honestly, next to Tool, probably the best show I've ever been to. Do yourself a favor and check out Sage live if your a fan.
Right when me and my friend walked in, we recognized Sage behind the Strange Famous counter, he was there most of the night before and after he went on. We talked to him a bit, gave him daps when we saw him in the crowd, asked how the label was going, very humble guy who wants to meet his fans. He said his favorite album was Sick of Waging War for a variety of reasons.
I also met Prolyphic as well who is an extremly deep MC, very smart with his words and metaphors, he played a few songs from his upcoming album off of Strange Famous.
Case in point, I bought this album and Prolyphic's "An Alarm Clock Set for 9:01" off of Sage himself and I definitley wasnt disappointed.
"Escape Artist" has gotta be the best song on here and sounded even better live with a full band and DJ Alias. He definitley shows Twista and Bone Thugs up on that song with his speed. I didnt really like "Dance with a Monkey" that much. "Slow Down Gandhi" is another great one where he discusses the state of this country.
Just support everybody on Strange Famous Records.