Sage Francis

Paul “Sage” Francis (born November 18, 1976) is a hip-hop artist from Providence, Rhode Island.

Francis is an acclaimed forefather of indie-rap and the CEO of the independent hip-hop record label Strange Famous Records. This label first began as a way for Francis to bootleg his unreleased songs in the late 90’s and has since evolved into an official enterprise with an expanding roster of like-minded artists. Francis won the Scribble Jam Emcee battle in 2000 and released several CDs available only on his tours, before releasing Personal Journals on Anticon Records. He joined up with Joe Beats in the duo Non-Prophets, releasing the albums Hope and Hopestrumentals in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He subsequently signed to Epitaph Records, the first hip-hop artist signed to the label, releasing the albums A Healthy Distrust (2005) and Human the Death Dance (2007).

Francis is also part of the contemporary spoken word movement, performing often at poetry events. Francis’ relationship with the Providence Poetry Slam community (he was on their 1998, 1999 and 2002 national poetry slam teams) led to it being called “The House that Sage Francis Built.” From 2000 – 2002, he also DJ-ed for the NYC-Urbana Poetry Slam, a weekly slam series held at the legendary punk rock venue CBGB. In May 2008, Francis represented “stage poetry” in a “Page Meets Stage” event at the Bowery Poetry Club, with Jeffrey McDaniel representing the “page poet”.

~ source: Wikipedia


On a personal note, two of my favourite lines by Sage Francis both come from the same song and it’s the first song by him that I ever heard – thanks to the awesome Punk-o-Rama series of record label compilations produced by Epitaph Records (In this case it was vol. 8!).

1: …Freedom will be defended at the cost of Civil Liberties…
2: …Don’t waive your rights with your flags.
~ source: ‘Makeshift Patriot’



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