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Sage Francis

Born Paul Francis in 1977 in Miami, Florida, Sage Francis spent most of his youth in Providence, Rhode Island. Interested in the poetic side of rap, Francis had 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.

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 Lex 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 Isham. Francis' first album for the Anti label, 2010's Li(F)e, went in a completely different direction, being solely produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat) and featuring musicians from the indie rock bands Califone, Death Cab for Cutie (Chris Walla), Calexico, and Sparklehorse. His 2014 release, Copper Gone, returned to hip-hop and the multi-producer format with beats from Buck 65, Alias, and others. ~ Marisa Brown, Rovi
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Amazing lyricist
He blows my mind
Sage Francis is a muthafucken savage I love his music !
Philosophy and rythm is another sub-category of hip-hop. This man has a doctorate.
Dope
Why is the Non Prophets album not on Pandora?
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
What book you be read tho Yo...
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.
ncanepajr
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
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.
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