Non-Prophets is a pairing of lyricist Sage Francis and beatmaker Joe Beats. Their debut album, Hope was released on Lex Records in 2003. In early 2004, they toured the United States on Sage Francis' infamous "Fuck Clear Channel" tour.
The duo came to people's attention with their first effort, the "Drop Bass" b/w "Bounce" 12" single on Emerge Music in 1999. The follow up release came in 2000 as the "All Word, No Play" vinyl single.
Shortly after the Non-Prophets singles caught a buzz, Sage verbally committed to the then up-and-coming label anticon. for the release of his first solo album. Until Personal Journals' official unveiling in 2002, Francis self-released his "Sick Of" series which included Non-Prophets material.