Franti, Michael & Spearhead : Rock The Nation

The kind of tune that gives smouldering career longevity a good name...

It's heartening to hear that after predicting the future of rock-rap with his late-'80s avant-jazz rap metal band The Beatnigs, supporting Nirvana in his influential socio-rap band Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, and making an album with William Burroughs, Michael Franti can still be bothered to make super-cool agit-dance records. 'Rock The Nation' comes from the recent 'Stay Human' album which dramatises the fictional murder of a black activist, but, hell, this big-assed squelch funk groove carries its insurrectional message lightly. Franti floats his disobedience on a bassline which could have done service with Eddy Grant, successfully fusing his KRS-One meets Everlast flow with heavy '70's funk party momentum. The kind of tune that gives smouldering career longevity a good name.

Roger Morton

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