Fear, self-loathing, antiestablishment rage, punk values, hypermasculine ennui - and that's just the first song. Like fellow self-analyzing rappers Atmosphere and Anticon, Sage Francis has a lot on his mind. Backed by bruising beats, the battle-tested, college-educated MC delivers a solid album that spans an exhausting array of topics. The bottom line? Question everything (especially God, love, and prescription drugs), trust no one (except Johnny Cash), and don't be afraid to feel.
By Hua Hsu