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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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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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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of you life.. However if you don't read this you will die in 2 days.. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in the next 143 Minutes. When your done press F6 and your lovers name will pop up in big letters this really works trust me
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Just I think this is most thing that I love
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Hey Now Now: I LOVE THIS SONG
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Sweet Little Lies: I LOVE MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of you life.. However if you don't read this you will die in 2 days.. Now that you started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on 5 songs in the next 143 Minutes. When your done press F6 and your lovers name will pop up in big letters this really works trust me
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Say ariana grande 5 times
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Check out your voice
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I lov u guys band it awesome music
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U guys are so cool
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So weared
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So what
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kiss ur hand
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kiss ur hand
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Best band ever
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ddmdj5
One of My Favorite Songs. My Son would sing this song to me. Makes me Happy when I hear it. He's a great singer.
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Reggae dancehall
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omg I love this song hey il be gong today
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I love love you sia chandelier
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Say ariana grande 5 times

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Check out your voice
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I love this song I really touched my heart
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Thumb up
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I love you
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Omg I never heard this song in like a year
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Got to see live & he's cool& good. Came out in crowd close to us. Nice!
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Say hey I love ya
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Love song say hey so cool
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Luv this song
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I �� this song
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You are a dope dude
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Kiss you left hand
Say ur crushes name
Close ur hand
Say ur name
Pick a school day
Post this on 15 other songs and ur crush will ask u out in that day
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Love this song this was my first time ever hearing this song and i love it
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You do a great job when are you going to make another song
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Makes me tap my feet! Reminds me of the beach I always went to as a kid. This is great. Very happy and light.
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:D
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Check out my bio!!!
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You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you started reading this so don't stop. If you don't post this on five other songs you will die. Post the 5 songs in the next 143 minutes and your lovers name will show up on the screen in big letters. This is scary but it actually works.
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Why I smile!!!!!!! ! ! !
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Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a school day
Say your name
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And on that day your crush will ask you out
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you all amazing fan travis
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