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Sage Francis

Born Paul Francis in 1977 in Miami, FL, Sage Francis spent most of his youth in Providence, RI. Interested in the poetic side of rap, Francis has been rhyming since age eight, later winning the Superbowl Battle in Boston in 1999 and the Scribble Jam in Cincinnati in 2000 and 2001 (the last under the name of his "metal" alter ego, Xaul Zan). After graduating from Dean College in Massachusetts with an A.A. in communications and from the University of Rhode Island-Kingston with a B.A. in journalism (where he started the now-defunct group Art Official Intelligence), Francis worked on releasing his solo records. Always an outspoken and political rapper and a strict vegetarian, he started the Sick Of series in 2000 on his independent Strange Famous Records with Still Sick...Urine Trouble, and continued with Sick of Waiting Tables (2001), Sick of Waging War (from 2002, and containing the single "Makeshift Patriot," recorded exactly one month after the September 11 attacks on New York), and Sickly Business (2004). He also released one album on Anticon in 2002, Personal Journals, and was signed in 2004 as the first rap artist on Epitaph Records, which issued his highly anticipated A Healthy Distrust in 2005. Two years later he was working with composer/trumpeter Mark Isham on the soundtrack for Pride and Glory starring Edward Norton. Two tracks from these session ended up on Francis' own 2007 full-length, Human the Death Dance. His 2010 effort Li(F)e was his first for the Anti label. The album featured guest appearances from Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat) and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) along with members of Calexico. Sage Francis is one half of the Non-Prophets (Joe Beats is the producer and DJ), who first recorded the 12" Drop Bass/Bounce/I Keep Calling on their friend's Emerge Records in 1999. A full-length album on Lax Records, Hope, came out in 2004. The very dark Human the Death Dance followed in 2007 with productions from Alias, Buck 65, and Odd Nosdam along with two tracks produced by composer/trumpeter/jazz man Mark Isham. Li(f)e from 2010 went a completely different direction, being solely produced by Brian Deck and featuring musicians from the indie rocks bands Califone, Death Cab for Cutie, and Sparklehorse. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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digging this!
sierranevada j o n e s
thank you, Sage, for saying what the rest of us could not articulate.
My. FAVORITE. Rapper.
Ciro, I must say that Glass is a lucky man.
follow me ill follow you back
very clever man, I must admit
now tell me whats that like.......
I'm learning some. thanks
Digg it thx Sage, all day Beat.s n flows, Word.s man. @steamboatma t r i x ...yup, agree not joke. Peace ya'll
Non-Propets are the dope s**t, more bouncy and less deep than normal Sage stuff, give their album some of your bandwidth :)
. very intelligent lyrical content. Some real S*$t
Pandora is missing a lot of Sage's music on here. Hope they get more on here.
It is a mad mad world, Sir Sage
song still gives me chills ten years later
Bill O'Reilly of this hip hop s**t...
Matthew, you clearly did not listen to the lyrics. This song has nothing to do with the 'revolution' .
brandonmlemo n
Mathew, what Troy said.
Matthew, jump off a bridge.....
I love artists with something to say, but I just don't get this dude. He's clearly talented but unless the revolution starts tomorrow this music is pointless.
hes the man
conleysampso n
If not the best, then one of the best...
Sage...he was my first hip-hop artist that wasn't Public Enemy that I'd claim to like.
best lyricist ever
MUCHO LOVE
depndin on one s perception and preferrence this is jst one more peice of life not ment for everyone
Informing the world, one line at a time.
<3 sage <3
robm91
been listinin to him for lovin it the hole time first show at the meow meow in p-town like ten years ago so sick
most favoritist artist eva!!! <3
(and he knows it)
jacqueline50 0 0
favorite rapper
Sage Francis, watch as I do dances that are dope, hey yo I just left your whole body broke! jeeya-
Smashing through the right/left paradox
When I grow up I wanna be like Sage! and you can "quote me on that"
Amazing <3
Very inspiring music favorite person to blow glass 2!
owengh96
Worried about the world (The Grouch and Eligh Feat. Sage francios) is a very good song and human the death dance is one of the best albums ever
blackbird-79
they would never play this on the radio an if your a follower of underground hip hop then you would know why
seen him in Phili at the Electric Factory...Ho t show
Life is just a lie, with an F in it
geminixavior
first time i heeared of kid but he is nice tho its more people like him that we need on the radio
Gonna see him next month. This guy is a poet and a great performer.
this man change the way i look at music and your right mark b. most people wouldn't appreciate hes music.
I'm glad he's not on the radio. Even though I think more people should hear him, most of those people probably wouldn't appreciate his music because they're listening to all the garbage that's on the radio.
Sage is amazing. BTW His birth name is not Paul Francis. Though the first name is correct.Nor was he born in 77,But who cares, GREAT artist who recently signed B. Dolan(who should definitely be in the related artist section) Buck65, Buddy Peace, Sleep (of Old Dominion) Prayers for Atheist, and the hilarious Curtis Plum.
So good it's ridiculous
this s**t sounds pretty f**king good compared to the bullshit out there now
If you call yourself buddha and act superior to everyone else....
Shazaamed this s**t of KCSUfm.com -That hit the spot.
garekjb
he is great
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