I was excited to browse local concert listings and see Michael Franti and Spearhead are due for a Feb. 3 date in Tempe. Sadly, I fell out of love with Spearhead when I (probably immaturely) wrote off their second LP, Chocolate Supa Highway. Their debut, Home, was so stunning – in its musical breadth and social commentary – that Chocolate left me a little flat; although, looking back, I can’t quite recall why.
What I do remember is seeing Spearhead in concert for the first time, opening for the Digable Planets in 1995. Coming to that show, I couldn’t have imagined anyone squashing my enthusiasm for seeing Digable, but, quite honestly, Spearhead proved to be (pardon the cliche) a tough act to follow.
Peep the one-time local DJ in fine print.
Whatever the case, Franti (formerly of Beatnigs and Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy) is an important voice in hip-hop – and music, in general. When there seems to be a lot of mindless lyrics out there, Franti always seems to have something to say.
Spearhead | Hole in the Bucket (live)
Spearhead | People in Da Middle (the Angel Re-Mix)
Michael Franti | Positive
(taken from Disposable Heroes 12″ of Famous and Dandy / Charlie Hunter on bass, guitar, harmonica; Rono Tse on percussion)