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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)

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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!!!!!!! ! ! !
docarasi
Kiss your hand
Say your crushes name
Pick a school day
Say your name
Post this on 15 other songs
And on that day your crush will ask you out
you all amazing fan travis
A Little Bit of Riddim: The best. That's all I have to say. :-)
Have A Little Faith: Great song, great lyrics.
owenpursley
❤️❤️
He just played here in grass valley cool tunes, he is loved much here in nevada county...
I like this song
This freaked me out this isn't fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 songs 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. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I am sorry.
this reminds me of so many memories of my sis and i dancing to this song in our room!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! :) :p
Me to the song is in my head i can not get it out love that song so much lol!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
OMG luv this reminds me of my crush lol don't judge cuz I'm 10 o_O
Don't read this because it actually works You will be kissed on the neatest Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started reading so don't it's so scary put on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters
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Same (rayray8833)
This is pretty much the only song that I know by them.
I love their songs
This freaked me out This isnt fake. Apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 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. In the next 53 minutes someone will way I love you or I'm sorry.
You will be kissed on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow it 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 143 minutes and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary but It actually works.
This guy is awesome
My cousin Mannas his drummer I enjoy watching them live
cool song
����������be s t song ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
Kaden likes it
WE don't STop: great song, great song
this torches my ears make it stop
Like
This is one song that gets stuck in my head n love this song
Fun song
Kiss your left hand then post this on a different song and your crush will ask you out the next day
aliwalker03
This is terrible
Where is the lyric
So many memories...
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
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
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