It was the early 2000s. Napster was the new thing, everyone was downloading music for free, and the underground Hip Hop scene was able to spread faster and further than ever before.
That’s when I first found the sounds of Sage Francis. “Makeshift Patriot” inspired a poem/spoken word piece I wrote called “True Patriot File“. Songs like “Crack Pipes” shape the soundtrack of my existence.
Fast forward 15-ish years, over 3,000 miles away from home, and out of the blue I get a call from P Chill wanting to know if I could join him to open for Sage Francis on January 29th at Harlow’s in downtown Sac… I said yes.
Sage is a cool motherfucker. He kicked it in the merch area sharing pizza with P Chill before hitting the stage. Afterwards, he jumped into the crowd posing for photos, hugs, signing autographs, and interacting with his fans.
It was a packed house and the energy was awesome. Outside of meeting and sharing a stage with the one and only Sage; interacting with the crowd after our set was definitely my favorite part of the evening.
Respect and gratitude. We were blessed to share and live this experience.