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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)

Comments

Amazzzzzzing .
great song bros
We Don't Stop: GREAT SONG, GREAT SONG. Love Michael Franti and Spearhead.
khadijak36
What a wonderful song! ;)
asiabball200 3
Lol
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You) - YouTube
www.youtube. c o m / w a t c h ? v = e h u 3 w y 4 W k H s
Artists: Michael Franti, Michael Franti & Spearhead
Album: All Rebel Rockers
Released: 2008
Say Hey: I LOVE THIS SONG. One of my Island Beach Bum songs. I love it.
kiss your hand
say your crushes name
say your name
say the day
Love this song
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
This song reminds me of my boyfriend:) follow me for a follow
Say Hey ( going
goldie_lux
dammit I love this guy! The Sound Of Sunshine might be my favorite song of his
I love this. Song because ai heist a movie of Ramona and buzzes
light up that lighter! no more bombing!
#lilo and stitch ( Ik I spelled it wrong
A Little Bit of Riddim: Love Michael Franti's music. :-)
Wasn't this song in Lilo and Stitch? XP
Give a kiss to your hand (left hand)
2.-Say the name of your love.
3.-Close your hand
4.-Say the name of a weekday
5.-Say your name.
6.-Open your hand
8.-Paste this in 15 comments and the day you said (step # 4) will tell you she/he likes you and you will be asked to be engaged. If you dont do . you will suffer wrong going on 3 years
I love say hey (I love u)
Twelve at niight and he has me up and moving. I love his grooves.
This is on Marmaduke
I CAN FEEL THE SUNSHINE!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
YAY SUNSHINE
Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound Of Sunshine ...
www.youtube. c o m / w a t c h ? v = K q g H o s r q J 8 o
Artists: Michael Franti, Jovanotti
Sound of Sunshine: Yes, my beach bum song. Exactly.
A very cool website for you: https://www. m i c h a e l f r a n t i . c o m /
All the freaky people make the beauty of the world!
wish he would come to Eugene, Oregon!
darren.fordh a m
groovy tune! pass that spliff.....o h yeah!
See It ain't about who you love
But I know one thing, that I love you!!! ; ) : P
aman
tori896733
and that's the sound of the sunshine coming down:) reminds me of the beach on a happy day
Sound of Sunshine : I LOVE THIS SONG
Time To Go Home : Beautiful
Hey I love this song
I'll be waiting : Nice
Read my bio if you like it follow me
goldie_lux
his music makes me goosebump so hard it hurts!!
A Little Bit of Riddim : I LOVE THIS SONG. Hana Hou!
The comment below was meant for @ Mollerfestiv a l
I love this song it makes me fell loved and happy !!!!
Read my bio follow me
MY BEACH BUM MUSIC. I love Michael Franti's music.
GREAT music
ll2626
Peaceful, Sweet Thank You
Say hey (I love you) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
so cool
cheri.rickar d 1 9 6 4
Please...... Enough already,Here I'll HELP! the mojo is broken ALL OF YOU ARE RELEASED from the vex......Lov e To All Of You....There No One dies LOL

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