Ever since his days with the Beatnigs in the late 80s, Michael Franti has written politically conscious music. He has also experimented with genre. With the Beatnigs, Franti employed hip hop as his sounding board. As a member of the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, he fused hip hop with industrial. For the past twenty years, as the leader of Spearhead, R&B, soul and hip-hop have served as a backdrop for Franti’s social commentary.
Travis Drageset at Allmusic.com said that ”through [Franti's] use of his own raw power – charisma, sex appeal, sense of social injustice – he carried out in his music a community-generated passion in much the same way as Gil Scott-Heron or Marvin Gaye.”