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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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  • vvinokur

    Please come to Russia!!!

    8 Nov 9:13am Reply
  • yuckyz

    so post post I'm pre post

    7 Nov 5:47am Reply
  • malloun4eG

    change main pic ;/

    23 Oct 8:04am Reply
  • EvanFPartridge

    copper gone is so well written. such a great cd.

    10 Sep 3:44am Reply
  • 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
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