Ask Chuck D of Public Enemy, and he will tell you one of his favorite rappers is Sage Francis. Not as well known as other rappers of his day, Sage came to fame as the winner of the coveted ScribbleJam Battle tournament several years a row. Not as much of a cocky kid anymore, Sage Francis matured with his sophomore release and focused his laser beam intellect on larger than life topics like war, love, death, and loneliness.

Showing a new generation of emcees that it’s okay to be the smartest guy in the room with the biggest heart on your sleeve, and that gangster rap is ludicrous, Sage elevated his status tenfold with the release of ‘A Healthy Distrust.’

Recruiting poet Saul Williams for one of the standout tracks “Sea Lion” was a ballsy, yet beautiful move. What is your favorite track? Comment below!

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