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Paul “Sage” Francis (born November 18, 1976 in Miami, Florida) is a artist based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Noted for his intense flow and sharp wit, Francis has won acclaim both as a freestyle battler and as an unapologetic, intellectual lyricist. Francis uses a broad emotional palette to address a wide range of personal, cultural, and issues. His unconventional style and persona have given him crossover appeal, but at the same time alienated some hip-hop listeners.

Prior to embarking on a full-time career as an MC, Francis displayed his skills in . During the late 19, he recorded his first demo tape (1996), fronted the now defunct Providence hip-hop band Art Official Intelligence, and hosted a weekly slot on radio station WRIU (the “True School Session”). He also formed the Non-Prophets and released a 12” (Drop Bass/Bounce/I Keep Calling, Emerge Records, 1999), following up in 2003 with their first full-length offering, Hope. Francis is a contemporary of artists such as SLuG, Eyedea, Sole and the anticon. collective. He is also loosely affiliated with the vague underground hip-hop super-group The Orphanage.

As a solo performer, Francis won the MC battle at the 2000 Scribble Jam, and in 2001 he came close to repeating as champion (semi-finalist) while performing as his “” alter ego, “Xaul Zan”. Francis released his first proper solo album, Personal Journals, on Anticon. in 2002. He toured with a live band on the Live Band Dead Poet Tour to support it.


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  • luizprigol

    Damn, Copper Gone it's absolutely awesome

    20 Aug 9:30pm Reply
  • MCReadle

    Copper Gone, funk me if this isn't the absolute bomb.

    16 Aug 8:10pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    There are such crazy lyrics but I feel for him.. There's deep pain behind a lot of these tracks

    9 Aug 10:23am Reply
  • Nehebkau

    "Copper gone must be the most quotable hip-hop album of the decade." I mean, I know i'll be quote mining it for some time.

    7 Aug 7:22pm Reply
  • DesertRoaming

    Copper gone must be the most quotable hip-hop album of the decade.

    29 Jul 9:20pm Reply
  • DesertRoaming

    I noticed.

    29 Jul 9:18pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    They say anger is a gift, I am very gifted, and if ignorance is bliss I'm a sadomasochist. [2]

    25 Jul 7:49am Reply
  • PT-Fox

    Copper GOne was released without anyone noticing, it seems. Damn shame.

    21 Jul 7:12pm Reply
  • MikaelRikhard

    Copper Gone > Personal Journals > Li(f)e > A Healthy Distrust > Human the Death Dance respect from Peterhof

    19 Jul 3:47am Reply
  • shaolin86

    Vonnegut Busy... holy fuck!!

    17 Jul 8:43pm Reply
  • Nekro__b

    Li(f)e > all

    3 Jul 10:53am Reply
  • ThePrio

    So many good lines.

    24 Jun 11:04pm Reply
  • ThePrio

    Never forget you were the sperm that made it. Plus that unexpected pregnancy could have been terminated.

    24 Jun 11:04pm Reply
  • ThePrio

    They say anger is a gift, I am very gifted, and if ignorance is bliss I'm a sadomasochist.

    24 Jun 11:01pm Reply
  • Notjoeybloom


    24 Jun 5:13am Reply

    Copper Gone is fucking incredible, probably his best album since A Healthy Distrust. I'll be very surprised if it doesn't end up in my top 5 at the end of the year.

    20 Jun 8:55am Reply
  • Know-Know

    West Hollywood Troubadour tonight!

    18 Jun 10:50pm Reply
  • John__Lemon

    7/10 for Copper Gone: " 'If you're going through hell, keep going'. Sage Francis is a genius, and it's difficult to picture him sitting there in his studio, alone, yelling in to the mic with this much energy and aggression without feeling some form of hope. He is stupidly talented, and for anyone struggling through similar circumstances this record will hit you straight between the eyes, it's evocative and illustrative of how hard it is to battle the inner demons when they get a foothold. But he is still battling. This would be an instant classic if he could keep his mouth on track for an entire LP. Either way, there's enough quoteable lines on here to keep rapgenius contributors busy for the rest of the year."

    9 Jun 9:49am Reply
  • Fonzcorp

    Copper Gone chokes me the fuck up.

    6 Jun 12:02am Reply
  • Nehebkau

    "There’s a difference between gambling addiction and making love to Lady Luck, Erectile Dysfunction and being afraid to fuck"

    3 Jun 6:46pm Reply
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