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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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1143087
say iPhone 5 times pick a color put this on five other songs look under Ur pillow
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tazhbs
Hi
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tazhbs
Will you be my boyfriend?�� � I love you
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Sexy !!!!
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This song is in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua
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:-) I'll See You In the Light. I love this song. This song is inspirationa l to me and helps to keep me going. Thank you. PEACE b :-)
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miajaneclark
I danced this in dance class
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arterocalvo
Neat song ✌❤☺✌❤☺✌❤☺✌❤☺
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One Step Closer To You: EXACTLY....W E L L SPOKEN AND WELL SUNG... THE LYRICS ARE SO RIGHT ON. THANK YOU SO MUCH MICHAEL. THANK YOU.
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Awesome
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I Know I'm Not Alone: Definitely, you're one but you're not alone.
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Like
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follow me if u want followers
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he looks wierd
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Yeah yeah great song to listen
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do u know what he looks like...a hippie bam what!
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#burn glady
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do u know what he looks like.....
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Hey, now now babies:I love Michael Franti's music.
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Love it :)
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88991!
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I love this song so much ;-)
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What a great beat
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Time to Go Home: Good song.
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Oh, dude, anything for you babies. :-)
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mgrey4wy
I ❤️say hey (I love you)
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"Say hey", people! <3 My band and I play this song and it's one of our favs even though we're mostly country;)
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I love that song I dance that song
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This song is from Ramona and Beezus...thi s song is awesome
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I Love You Too!!!!!!guy s Thanx
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Say hey people!!!! :)
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i love this song ...and i am only 7
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I love this song!
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Yes
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Love this song,it's me and my bfs song it's our love song
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Ve it bjbhvjgc
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Love this song
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Yay I get to see you in concert micheal!!! Love dis music
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F6
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Kiss you left hand say you crushes name close your hand say a weekday say your name open your hand repost 15 times your crush will ask you out...
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What I Have Seen..Just exactly what is going on in the world today. LISTEN AND LEARN. Thank you Michael. :-) Do you realize just how many people appreciate your music and your messages. Can you please continue? Thank you.
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Thank you Michael Franti for these lyrics. and music. OH MY GOD: THIS ....IS A VERY, VERY GOOD SONG FOR ANY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE TO PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS. OH MY GOD... DEFINITELY.. . T H E S E THINGS NEED TO BE CHANGED IN OUR COUNTRY NOW. WE NEED...AS A UNIFIED COUNTRY... LOADS OF PEACE, LOVE, AND HAVING FUN RIGHT NOW.. RIGHT NOW.. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE FOR ALL OF US.
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kmedici98
Come on
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ddmdj5
Love You Too!!! Always Will
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Thank You JORDAN
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Say hey I love you...maybe not you but the way you are...lol. .
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:-) ALWAYS
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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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