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Editors’ Notes

Sage Francis is a bit like a modern day Gil Scott-Heron, whose own 2010 release I’m New Here would make a great complement to this album of insistent personal style. Francis is a rapper who doesn’t play by hip-hop rules. He works up his politics, not the usual bragging of bling, and with members of Califone, Death Cab for Cutie and Grandaddy brings together a solid, musical approach that’s high on acoustic guitars and a bizarre sort of anti-folk. Highlights include “Three Sheets to the Wind,” “I Was Zero” and the nearly psychedelic “Diamonds and Pearls.” “The Baby Stays” and the spooky creep of “16 Years” are as close as Francis comes to “soft-rock.” “Worry Not” preaches anxiety as a permanent state of mind. “London Bridge” pumps with a punk spirit. “Love the Lie” sets up the fast-talking philosopher with alluring pop music. “The Best of Times” concludes things with an ominous sense that Francis is only beginning to tell his story, suggesting it contains plenty of future drama and strife and, eventually, redemption.

Customer Reviews

Get it!!!!

This Album is heavy! sicker than sick people being sick on other sick people!!!!

The BEST of times

This album is amazing and well worth the price. The best of times ;)

Cool Beanz

I heard Best Of Times on Zane Lowes show when it was record of the week and have been waiting for this download.

I do not usually lend my self to hip hop or it's sub genres (that said I was quite taken with the Flobots) but Sage Francis, Li(f)e is Ten to the power of a million Killa phats.


Born: 1977 in Miami, FL

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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....
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