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al(phonic)



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www.tinyurl.com/PersonalJournals

so i was a little late in finding personal journals, so i can only claim like 8 years of it, but i wanted to show my utmost respect

i was never a writer, i was a drawer. not in an amazing way, just an 'i can do things' way. that all changed with personal journals.

i grew up with hip hop, the only way that a northern mainer can. i had liscensed to ill and straight outta compton. dubbed from stereo to stereo, face to face recording, down low so mum didnt hear the language. i also grew up with country. but i was a metal head.

i always loved hip hop, so when eminem came out, i was pissed off. who the fuck is this? this is garb...wait a minute...he can rhyme! i chased everything he was ever on. i was back hooked on hip hop. my first cd (i was late, holding onto tapes) was red n meth's blackout. i hated eminem, but couldnt stop listening to him. my machine head and pm5k gave way to him. the drunk down the dorm recorded the slim shady lp for me. after i asked with my tail between my legs. quietly, so no one knew. backwards, side 1 being recorded on side 2

rhymes, yo! thru chasing eminem, i found mos def, pharoahe monch, lyricist lounge 2, soundbombing 2... i was a total head. fuck metal. i searched for anyone that could rhyme with em. at like 21 my class drawing doodles became original rhymes in my margins.

then one day i saw a forum argument about the best emcees. one fellow said he didnt give a fuck, sage francis was the greatest lyricist. some fellow answered that he was impressive, but too old. i didnt give a fuck about age, i wanted sick lyricists. i napster-ed the name. awesome how a claim can skew. and the lyricist...holy shit.

i downloaded everything i could. i bought all of the 'sick of' cd.s. holy fuck. really, holy fucking fuck.

i didnt want to buy personal journals. why buy an album that could be a flop when im in love with the mix and mayhem of the sick of cds? eventually my crave of sage verses won out over my unsurity of its potential.

holy.fucking.shit.

i learned everything.

everything at that point that i needed to know about poetry. about rhyming, yet still saying more than something, more than word salad rhymes. cohesiveness. with technical skill

at this time i became poet. not sage's favorite, but so entranced, inspired, 'taught', and driven that manuscripts happened. so much so that mr francis told me that he wasnt the biggest fan, but he could tell i'd make it because he could see it in me. (i cant wait to soon email you...)

this album ABSOLUTELY changed my life. it is one of the albums i would take when we argue, if you were stranded on an island with only 3 albums, what would they be. dark side, XO, and personal journals.

i am still writing personal journals, still listening. still amazed. still totally in love after all these years of constant worship. still, and forever, in constant debt. well, not monetarily like all those hours i spent at college, but in total debt to how much i owe this amazing amazing amazing album.

ive been cranking it non-stop since i saw it was 10, and im still picking up on things, still learning.

thank you mr francis

i would love to read some stories about the album. PLEASE!!!
Post Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:03 pm
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Limbs



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PJ is a monumental piece of art for me personally. Very few things since has effected me the way that album has. Utmost respect to the Sage. Thank you.

(Is that the correct use of effect? I never did get good at at stuff.)
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:17 am
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AdamBomb



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*Rubs hands together, waiting for 10 year anniversary release with unreleased extra tracks and bonus instrumental disc.*
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:52 am
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Sage Francis
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That was a beautiful write up, man. Thank you for that.

As for the 10 Year Anniversary edition, we're just offering it autographed at reduced prices: http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=%22personal+journals%22+sale

10 years flew by. It's been a hell of a ride.

I'll be posting some behind-the-scenes stories regarding the making of PJ. I've been waiting to put that blog together for a while now, but shit's been hectic in these parts.
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:42 am
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Captiv8



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My first introduction to Mr. Francis was Personal Journals, thanks to a lovely review from everyone's pal over at now-defunct HHI. I know I bought some other albums, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were. Obviously they didn't hold a candle.

For me the best part of this album is it's staying power, along with the fact that different songs took different meanings and became relevant in different ways over time. For example, the song "Specialist" didn't really resonate with me at all until a few years ago. In fact, I didn't even care for it. But then, in a different state of mind both personally and musically, it clicked. Fucking pow! did it ever. Now it's my favorite song. PJ is an album of pure artistic expression, if I can get slightly pretentious, and one of the foremost examples of what hip hop can be aside from the tired tropes we all know so well.

Also, "Eviction Notice" has held a special place in my head since I first heard it. It's one of the more unique songs on the album and should be used to teach aspiring rappers the value of diversity in approach and wordplay.
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:41 pm
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mortalthoughts
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one of the few albums that i have to listen to from start to finish even 10 years later

thanks for making this album sage helped me through some shit
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:02 pm
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zagadka
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There are a handful of albums that really trigger a grand emotional response from me, albums that will bring me back to a place and time and make me feel the range of emotions that I was experiencing at the time.

Listening to it is like reliving a few pivotal years of my life, it totally acts like a journal, jogging so many memories of growing pains.
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:35 pm
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Hellen Earth
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First song I ever heard from Sage was Gun Godz, been a fan since!
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:05 pm
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Jack



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Sage Francis wrote:

As for the 10 Year Anniversary edition, we're just offering it autographed at reduced prices: http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/store/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=%22personal+journals%22+sale



Nice. Never been a fan of getting autographed items, but strange famous has always been that exception
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:25 pm
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 2:37 pm
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Hahaha, man, those photos are gold.
Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:49 pm
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T-Wrex
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Whoa.... hair.


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Post Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:04 pm
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10 years man? wow.

I have bought PJ 3 times from wearing it out one time and it got stuck in my car cd player once.

I TRY not to listen to it as often as i want.

When i was younger I used to play it as i went to sleep hoping that i would dream it was me.

I listed it as my favorite album of the decade when I compiled a list of 50 in 2010, and it is safe to say it will forever be my favorite.

When people that arent familiar with the type of music i listen to ask to hear what "i like" its always a track from this album.

Thanks man.

*makes the climb trees gesture*
Post Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:40 pm
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Alias@anticon.com wrote:





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Post Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:10 am
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Sage Francis
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Those were fun. I miss the effects unit.
Post Mon Mar 12, 2012 10:27 am
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