Francis was the master of ceremonies on the Non-Prophets' Hope, arguably the finest white-rap LP since the Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique, which proved once and for all that two white guys weaned on Yo! MTV Raps could hang with the finest minds in hip-hop. More insightful than any of this year's punk-rock rants, the new single "Slow Down Gandhi" targets the suburban culture that dresses down in dreadlocks and perks up with mood-enhancing prescriptions. Through A Healthy Distrust, Francis rhymes long paragraphs in a single breath, eulogizes Johnny Cash, ponders God, muses on magic, and reminds us that rap is about the careful use of words -- which can do more to facilitate revolution than tons o' guns and hours of whining.
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