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Michael Franti

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
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Track List: I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like) (Single)

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Track List: Shake It (Radio Single)

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i love your song
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Love his songs
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I love his song life is better with you
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Like the song of say hey
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Good songs
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Michael franti sings his songs very good like say hey I love you and other songs I love you Michael franti
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Say hey I love your songs
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I love the song say hay!!!!
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I love your sining
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II LOVE THIS SONG SAY HEY IT ROCKSSSSSS THIS GUY IS AWESOME HEYYYYYYY I WAS GONE TODAY HEYY
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Such a moron
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Loser!������
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I love u so much. The song say hey( I love you) beause it makes me so relax. U are the best in my heart
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Reminds me about the movie Alvin and the chipmunks
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This guy is amazing!
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I love you
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Know one sood hate it
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Amazing love it so
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Say yes the best(-:
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Love your song say hey
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Seriously contagious positive energy!
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Hey I love you omg
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No more chain mail because it is fake my sis did it and they did not work
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I love his music
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I hate his music
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His songs r so happy!���� wenevr im feelin down I always listen to his music!
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Love this song it's my favorite song
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Great, I met Michael and Sara at Operation Smile Gala in SF Oct 11 2014.
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I love this song
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Say iPhone five times
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Just was in Tampa Florida with him and it was great. One love one heart.
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One if the best ��
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I love the songs
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Hi
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PLEASE stop posting chain comments. It's not cool to post them and if you're dumb enough to be inveigled by them, go away. Please.
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Copy and past this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight.
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I'm gonna get the and use it for recording my summer
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This song is inspiring bec no matter how life brings u down remember it not the end bec ur alive
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Inspiring, isn't he great or what?
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