A Healthy Distrust
Iconoclastic rapper Sage Francis is angryat himself, at hip-hop, at the worldand isnt about to hold his tongue. While only a practiced listener could keep up with the torrent of words this poetry-slam veteran unleashes on A Healthy Distrust, its well worth the effort. Driven by hard, sputtering grooves too brutal to be called funky, he mocks mass-culture intoxication in The Buzz Kill, shouts Call a stop to the abuse of authority in Slow Down Gandhi, and riffs on Americas gun fetish in Gunz Yo, calling his weapon an extension of my manhood. Francis isnt subtle and his passionate outbursts can overwhelm the message, but hes riveting from the first pissed-off beat to the last.