Sage Francis may not be a household name yet but it may only be a matter of time.

Sage Francis may not be a household name yet but it may only be a matter of time. A champion battle MC and slam poet, Francis has been creating quite a bit of buzz for himself on the underground scene. For his full-length debut, Personal Journals, he fuses artsy samples and witty but truthful lyrics. Many received their first introduction to Francis via his lead single, "Climb Trees," which was released last October. The jel-produced track features a snare-driven backbeat that serves as a backdrop to Francis' vivid lyrics. On the Sixtoo-produced "Crack Pipes," Francis goes from mournful to aggressive and back again. Other highlights include "Black Sweatshirt" and "Messages Sent." For more information, visit anticon.com.—RH