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Michael Franti & Spearhead

Since his days as a member of the Beatnigs while in his early twenties, Michael Franti grew from an angry young hip-hopper with a political, socially conscious bent (the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Spearhead) to a man who channeled his seriousness, social unease, and desire for change and merged them with his love for music, particularly old-school R&B, soul, and hip-hop. What he left behind in brash, make-some-noise aesthetic, he gained in compassion. And through his use of his own raw power -- charisma, sex appeal, sense of social injustice -- he carried out in his music a community-generated passion in much the same way as Gil Scott-Heron or Marvin Gaye.

Franti was adopted at birth by white parents in the predominantly black community of Oakland, California. That set of contradictory circumstances instilled in him a hyper-awareness of his own cultural identity as did the sobering fact that his more thoughtful, less provocative style of expression was not accepted by the African-American audience that had embraced a harsher, more combative faction of the hip hop movement. In 1986, Franti formed the drum'n'bass/industrial duo the Beatnigs with turntablist Rono Tse, disbanding after one album. He then formed the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, whose combination of jazz-influenced heavy rap set out to challenge the materialism and misogyny of what had become mainstream rap.

His next project, Spearhead, produced the critically acclaimed Home in 1990. The album contained his biggest single, "Hole in the Bucket," a thoughtful lament on the plight of the homeless, and "Positive," which addressed the growing AIDS epidemic. The album boasted adept funk samplings, sinuous guitar vamps, and soulful, melodic tracks about family and social injustice. Released in 1997, Chocolate Supa Highway was not as pop-friendly as Home, but neither did its themes of kidnappings and police brutality lend themselves to such overt accessibility. Its mixture of harsher musical styles -- techno, rock, and funk -- was a step forward for Franti as his world view broadened and deepened. In 2001, Franti released Stay Human. In it he expresses his anger at the system, his advocacy of love, and his belief in freedom through individuality and self-expression through a set of songs that revolve around a fictitious death penalty case. In it, his embrace of the genres that inspired him is achieved with eloquence.

Songs from the Front Porch was Franti's first proper solo album, appearing in 2003. It was an acoustic affair that had him focusing even more on his singing, but not at the expense of his intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics. In 2005, Love Kamikaze: The Lost Sex Singles & Collectors' Remixes appeared. Again billed only to Franti, it was a collection of Spearhead tracks that didn't quite fit into the albums they were originally recorded for (as well as a couple different mixes from the Stay Human album). In 2006, Franti and Spearhead released Yell Fire! The album was partially recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, and, along with the book and film I Know I'm Not Alone, was part of a trilogy that was themed as documenting Franti's then-recent visits to Israel, Palestine, and Iraq. Numerous live releases took Franti to 2008 and a new album, All Rebel Rockers. The album was once again recorded in Jamaica and featured the legendary rhythm section of Sly & Robbie. Franti and his band spent a few months touring in support of John Mayer before settling down to record again, releasing The Sound of Sunshine in 2010. After a tour, some humanitarian work, and time off, Franti returned to recording; All People was released in the summer of 2013. ~ Travis Drageset, Rovi
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Track List: Hey Hey Hey (Radio Single)

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Now when I heard the beat and then the music, I got funky in a good way and Hhhhey. Then when I listened to the words, I said "Who is this ?" Then I thought, now this person knows how to funk out and rock.
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Hi
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured(but won't die) in two days now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least five other songs in the next 143 minutes when your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters
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Dancing in the islands in the middle of June. I think that's what he said. Who cares IT SOUNDS GOOD.
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Say Hey: I LOVE MICHAEL FRANTI'S MUSIC. I LOVE WHAT MICHAEL FRANTI IS ABOUT . ALOHA
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I love this song!! The more I see, the less I know... I love you, I love you, hmm. Great beat!! Love this music style!!
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dnaegel0
It soothes the savage beast my heart sometimes is. Thx
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Nice ! Ahh .. how music is SUPPOSED to be played.
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Singing the truth. M.F. & S.
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Hey, Momma,Hey momma
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I looooooooove him!!!!!!
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Say phone 5 time then post this 2 other songs then look under your pillow
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Good song��������
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I don't even know who he is, but the song is good
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F**k piece of s**t.... don't get Pandora radio I can't listen to music
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Interesting background.
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A modern version of Bob Marley. A visionary. A really good singer. A reggae singer to the MAX. Love u, Michael Franti!!!!!!
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Say Meghan trainor clap 5 times post it in 2 other songs check your voice
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♥♪♦♠♣•°{ }=_÷×~≈√π><> < ^ ® © £ © | ° _ +
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I LUV this song so much
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Love this












Love it
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10.09dolly
"I SAY HAYY" OH YEAH!!!
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This song is AWESOME!!!
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jgandy469
love this song
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padams367
I SAY HEEEEEEYYYYY Y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Sounds of sunshine, I love listening to M.F. & S. Anytime
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I love this music this is my favorit song♥
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Love
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Luv song ��
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carolinagarc i a 7 8 6
Sugar
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I've got a special place in my heart for M.F.&S.
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A Little Bit of Riddim: I LOVE THIS BAND. :=)
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I totally remember this song!!!
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I love you I love you I say hey I'll be born today
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jey12
I love it sooooooooooo r o o o o o o o o o much
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I say hey
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I say
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emilybushong
Love this song it's my favorite
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What a way to fall asleep, listening to Michael F. Nice& low. Peace
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:o)
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Sings the truth
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See You In The Light: Beautiful, beautiful song
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Love this song
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Love ur live concert, when u came right be side me. Out in the growd. Playing ur guitar& singing. Had tears in my eyes. & a memory for life.
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Same as misakogrinal d i
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Dis song is officially my favorite! Mon
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HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2015, THE YEAR OF THE GOAT/SHEEP. PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVE FUN B :=) ¥
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You will be kissed by the love of your love tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't pass this on you will injured by you won't die in 2 days you started reading don't stop now post this in 143 minutes when you are done press at 6 and your lovers name will appear in big letters this is scary cause it works.

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