As Halloween comes to the boil, what better than to feature a man who is a magician with words? Sage Francis vocabulary goes all the way to 11 and he proudly flies the flag for the outsider.
I first came across Sage Francis at a gig he performed with Buck 45. It was a kinetic and hilarious set and subsequently Personal Journals became one of my favourite hip-hop records ever. Blurring the line between rap and spoken-word, Sage deals with diverse subject matter flitting between being disarmingly personal to polemical – his Healthy Distrust record is a potent anti-war record and that condemns the military and political apathy – to goofing around – his freestyle sparing with Apathy is a real gem. Go back in the day and listen to Sage when he was starting out by downloading his True School Session podcast.