As an avid (and nerdy) hip-hop concertgoer and poetry-lover, finding that combo in an artist is the best. Much has been written for decades on if hip-hop’s art, and can hip-hop be considered poetry and spoken word, with several weighing in on these topics (pseudo-intellectuals etc). One artist who fiercely stirs this debate up is Sage Francis. Doing research (um, listening to the artists’ music prior and loving it) to attend the Back 2 Basics Fest held in Southern California recently, I instantly became of a fan of Sage’s trademark brand of political, poetic and powerful discography and never looked back.
Catching up with Sage a few weeks ago, we chatted about living in Rhode Island (it’s quite the experience), his start in spoken world performance and rap battling, working with Slug and Brother Ali (batting him a few times), his Strange Famous Records label and more. As I expected, I happily connected with this cerebral, quick-witted (check out his Twitter and classic Vine videos) activist vegetarian. Check out the interview soundclips below, follow Sage on Twitter and like him on Facebook for more info on upcoming shows and mixtape releases!