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Sage Francis
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1. The new album seems to back and forth between personal experiences
("Keep Moving","Going Back to Rehab") and the more political
("Waterline"). Do you feel that your albums are a collection or songs or
do you aim for a flow to them?

"This album is more about personal experiences than anything else. I think there's a flow as far as how the songs are organized and the subject matter involved. At the same time I try to have peaks and valleys in the listening experience of what I do. This album in particular probably has a mixtape feel to it, but if that's how it sounds to most people than so be it. I find myself listening to mix CDs more than full albums these days. But I do respect the craftsmanship that's involved when making an album and having that album be composed of parts that all work together to create a greater whole."


2. Brett from Epitaph speaks frequently about your specific type of hip
hop as representing a new type of punk rock. This is your second full
length for the label. How do you feel the experience has been so far?

"The new type of punk rock is the old type of hip-hop. Punk and hip-hop shared many ideals in the beginning stages, but both of these genres have become the status quo. Status quo is what both of these genres started off rebelling against and with good reason. This is the inherent quandary that authentic artists have to deal with in each respective genre. As a DIY stalwart, I'm content with the experience I've had with Epitaph. They've given my music the exposure it needs and growth is definitely happening."


3. There is a pretty stark difference between mainstream rap music and
the hip hop that you perform. What contemporary hip hop acts are
meaningful to you?

"It's difficult for me to find a lot of meaning in contemporary hip-hop. I can find meaning in anything, but the hip-hop acts that are meaningFUL to me are usually my friends and listing their names could be viewed as shameless. There are a few people doing stuff that I derive a lot of meaning from. Buck 65, Prolyphic, Brother Ali, Atmosphere, Sole, El-P, and there's many more but most of them aren't contemporary per se."


4. As involved as you are in music, your political work (like
knowmore.org) seems to a major part of your focus. Was there anything in
particular that led you to get so publically involved?

"It's all about my responsibility to use my access and influence for the greater good of the community of people who have given me whatever status and power I have. I actually have a conscience."


5. You've also been very outspoken regarding Clear Channel. Can you
explain a little about what your major concerns are?

"I'm concerned about people getting all of their information from one source. I'm concerned about the extinction of flavor and the rule of homogenized culture."

6. You were pretty concerned about the freedom/security debate as early
as 2001. "Makeshift Patriot" seems more prophetic now than ever.
Any thoughts on that?

"Everything played out in a way that I feared and warned about on Makeshift Patriot. I don't know what else I could have said or done in a time when most people weren't saying or doing anything. Scary business. We're in the middle of a 10 year war."


7. I notice there are many different producers involved with the album.
I'm wondering how you collaborate with them; do they work on finished
songs or is it more of a back-and-forth?

"It's different with each person. Sometimes someone sends me a full beat and I am able to record a song to it as it is. Other times I'll record the song and have them rearrange the music and then I'll re-record my vocals over the new version. In the case of Mark Isham, I recorded my vocals in his studio and then he sent the songs to me with completely new music. Usually there is a back and forth though."

8. How is your work on "Pride and Glory going. How did you get involved
with that?

"That's been 2 years in the making and I've only been involved to a minimal degree. Did a few songs and I'm waiting to do more but I don't know what will end up getting used or if I'll have the chance to do more music. I'd like to. Working with Mark Isham is exciting."
Post Fri May 18, 2007 2:15 pm
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Morbidly-O-Beats



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Good ?'s this cat didnt just ask the same stuff as everyone else. Sage i gotta say i feel for ya, man. Every time some one interviews you they bring up emo or punk. They dont seem to understand that this is HIP-HOP. Its been and will continue to be HIP-HOP.


It was the (beatboxing) that got me (beatboxing)
It was the (beatboxing) break (beatboxing)
Deflate cuz I was gassed
head over heals in love with the electric drums
and spoken vocals which was the joke of locals
and laughing stock of my rock and roll ass town
but the rhythmic acupuncture pierced my skin
pinning the butterflies to my stomach
which would flutter everytime I heard the (beatboxing)
more than the (beatboxing)
I WAS NO DEVIL WORSHIPER
higher level interpreter
I refuse to lose focus and recite satanic verses
with (????) curses
drug induced worst I know they were saying
kill your mother cuz it paid them well
yet it my flashback I see the foreshadow
ironic twist my first purchase was a hip hop record
called raising hell
I should have run when I had the chance but DMC's
made be wanna breakdance, made me wanna spin vinyl,
made me wanna graph right, made me want to not act white
and not to perpetuate any stereotype but
I was not about the mullet icehockey haircut
you know the mullet, short on top for the fellas
long in back for the ladies, yea!
I was not about stonewash nuthuggies with the French
rolls on the bottom so tight that it turned my toes purple
nor was I about the ripped jean jacket with the megadeath,
Metallic, and slayer patch
I had an internal itch for the (beatboxing) and never
could I get with () guitar riff, () guitar riff, ()
I had wild style wars, I rented (blue) street every week
as I rocked steady wearing out the play rewind and slow mo
buttons on my VCR
I did the pause-play, pause-play, pause-play, pause-play
all day forcing my wage comprehension of inner city invention for me
was in the expression which would eventually win the exception
(what exception) those around me couldn't give me affection
but I played and paid that video attention till I eventually I
completely bit the (beatboxing)
and found my new religion, born again B-boy, born to destroy
decoys and be the real McCoy, YEA boy!
I wore the clock so you wound know the time.



Just in case any one felt like reading this. This is the song that got me hooked. This is the song i most identifie with.
Post Fri May 18, 2007 4:05 pm
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Sage Francis
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Whoever took the time to transcribe that spoken word poem into a written piece...booooo

Last edited by Sage Francis on Fri May 18, 2007 4:40 pm; edited 1 time in total
Post Fri May 18, 2007 4:13 pm
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Reggie



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Location: Queens, NYC
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Morbidly-O-Beats wrote:
Sage i gotta say i feel for ya, man. Every time some one interviews you they bring up emo or punk. They dont seem to understand that this is HIP-HOP. Its been and will continue to be HIP-HOP.


Yeah, but you gotta give them a break. We get the meaning. To most people, genres of music are less about the ethos behind them and more about the clothing that artists in said genre share.
Post Fri May 18, 2007 4:26 pm
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