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A Healthy Distrust
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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"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.
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.
My favorite tracks: The Buzz Kill, Sea Lion, Escape Artist, Dance Monkey, Agony in Her Body, Crumble.
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.