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“All great truths begin as blasphemies,” proclaimed the fiery playwright George Bernard Shaw. It’s a sentiment that can be applied exponentially to the works of rapper Sage Francis and his exhilarating new album Li(f)e. Francis has never been afraid to provoke. As a result he is a sometimes polarizing and increasingly important figure in modern music. Adored by many, reviled ... Read more in Amazon's Sage Francis Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epitaph / Ada
  • ASIN: B00079HZZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,894 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Buzz Kill
2. Sea Lion
3. Gunz Yo
4. Escape Artist
5. Product Placement
6. Voice Mail Bomb Threat
7. Dance Monkey
8. Sun Vs Moon
9. Agony in Her Body
10. Crumble
11. Ground Control
12. Lie Detector Test
13. Bridle
14. Slow Down Gandhi
15. Jah Didn't Kill Johnny

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"We're in the hands of a master lyricist...A distinctive raw talent is emerging" -- URB Magazine

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Sage Francis is to indie hip-hop what Rage Against the Machine was to alternative rock, a full frontal ambi-political rush that turns its voice man into a deified performer with legions of impressionable youths hanging on his every word.

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The production is awesome and the lyrical content is deep.
Ray Shurn Jr.
If you enjoy any underground hip-hop at all, you would be a fool to pass up this album.
Alan Pounds
This is the Sage Francis album you can't help but blast at full volume.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Alan Pounds on February 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The underground has brought us some exceptional MCs in the last few years. One of which, is Sage Francis. Francis has earned himself a cult following over the past few years, winning a couple of freestyle battles, and a few poetry slams. His spoken word performances have been featured on ESPN and ABC X-Games commercials. He's toured with Atmosphere and Anticon, and has booked several shows independently. In the beginning, he started off selling bootleg CD-Rs and cassettes of his material, selling thousands of copies with minimal distribution and self-promotion. Sage's fans love him so much because he raps with such conviction, bringing him a following that cannot be bought. His songs hold a fundamental value of honesty buried within his deep metaphors. To understand his music, you must understand Sage Francis, which is difficult to grasp, if not nearly impossible. It's refreshing to hear an MC spit out rhymes in unique mind-bending metaphors though. It makes you ponder upon his thoughts, forcing you to re-experience the album several times. Not only does Sage rhyme; he rhymes fast, often times with superior speed and clarity. His analogies will make you think twice if not three times. The album is filled with a refreshing production, untouched by many underground MCs. The album pulls out hard crunching guitar riffs, and soft melodic guitar rhythms; Sage is even found singing in several instances. The beats and production have never been highlighted in Sages previous works. Francis gets some of the most renowned producers in the underground hip-hop scene to help him out, including Sixtoo (also producer on Sage's "Personal Journals"), Danger Mouse (DM & Jemini), Alias (Anticon), and Reanimator among others.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chrystaline Doucette on October 28, 2005
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On A Healthy Distrust, Sage Francis attacks military recruitment techniques. He challenges God in "Sun vs. Moon" - "The Devil only exists because you believe in him / Same goes for that other guy." He questions political activists, among others, in "Slow Down Gandhi" - "You support the troops by wearing yellow ribbons? Just bring home my motherf---ing brothers and sisters." On "Gunz Yo," he says, "I know that only stupid people increase the birthrates / I'm just about dumb enough to hold up a sperm bank."

Certainly, Sage Francis is not for the faint of heart. In the same way he challenges his audience, he does so without being overly vulger. His rapping is intelligent rather than graphic. This album differs from his 2002 Anticon release, Personal Journals, in that it is more political and has a more sophisticated sound system behind it.

You're in for a treat with Sage Francis. His music is at a level of intelligence unknown to most rappers, and at the same time it reaches people on an individual level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan A. Joyce on November 8, 2007
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I was lucky enough to check out Sage with Bernard Dolan, Jared Paul, Prolyphic, and Buck 65 w/ Scratch Bastid last week at the Middle East. Honestly, next to Tool, probably the best show I've ever been to. Do yourself a favor and check out Sage live if your a fan.
Right when me and my friend walked in, we recognized Sage behind the Strange Famous counter, he was there most of the night before and after he went on. We talked to him a bit, gave him daps when we saw him in the crowd, asked how the label was going, very humble guy who wants to meet his fans. He said his favorite album was Sick of Waging War for a variety of reasons.
I also met Prolyphic as well who is an extremly deep MC, very smart with his words and metaphors, he played a few songs from his upcoming album off of Strange Famous.
Case in point, I bought this album and Prolyphic's "An Alarm Clock Set for 9:01" off of Sage himself and I definitley wasnt disappointed.
"Escape Artist" has gotta be the best song on here and sounded even better live with a full band and DJ Alias. He definitley shows Twista and Bone Thugs up on that song with his speed. I didnt really like "Dance with a Monkey" that much. "Slow Down Gandhi" is another great one where he discusses the state of this country.
Just support everybody on Strange Famous Records.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By doogmah on October 22, 2005
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With all the dumbed-down hip hop on MTV, one who doesn't listen to music to gain respect from hip-hop kids at school might turn down rap and call it dumb and un-intelligent. Well, they haven't listened to this. Sage Francis raps with intelligence, clarity and flow. Instead of rapping about the "bitchez n hoz" and rapping to beats that a 2 year old child could drum out on pots and pans in the kitchen, he talks about things that are tangible and relatable with beats from some of the greatest (*cough*dangermouse*cough*). The stand out tracks on this album to me are "The Buzz Kill", the opener track that supplies the ear with a truly orgasmic flurry of beats and instrumental mastery. Also there's "Guns Yo" with a slightly generic, yet extremely catchy beat under Francis' countless metaphors about gun violence. Then "Sun vs. Moon", which is just a genious track, the beats and lyrics being great. Then "Agony In Her Body" a total metaphorical song with orgasmic calming type rythmic goodness. But the best (and most well-known) track in my opinion is "Slow Down Gandhi". With it's in-your-face lyrical combat with the issues of the war in iraq, and violence in general, combined with the instrumentals of "Reanimator". This is definetly worth the $13.95 I paid for it. Buy this now.
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