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Saul Williams

First establishing himself as an influential poet, and then as an award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams then went on to establish himself as an MC. His approach to MC'ing, though, wasn't exactly in line with the traditional school of hip-hop. His rhymes weren't really rhymes but rather his poetry delivered in a frenzied spoken word manner that was more rhythmic than alliterative. His first major recording was a collaboration with KRS-One, "Ocean Within," which appeared on the soundtrack to Slam, the award-winning film he not only co-wrote but also starred in. Around this same time in the late '90s, he began collaborating with other musicians, one of the more notable and impressive being the title track to drum'n'bass producer Krust's Coded Language album. These one-off performances, along with the attention that Williams garnered thanks to Slam, led to a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings. In late 2001, the long-awaited and much-hyped Williams solo debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, hit the streets. The album featured a full-scale band and Rubin's production, with Williams' manic vocals taking the fore. It wasn't a straight-ahead rap album, more rock-rap in the style of Rage Against the Machine than anything. Critical opinion wavered, though Williams indeed seemed to impress many; he was not only invited to the 2001 Detroit Electronic Music Festival but also found himself to be a popular concert draw in Europe. The 2003 release of Not in My Name on Synchronic found Williams being remixed by Coldcut and DJ Spooky. His 2004 self-titled release appeared on the Fader label. Three years later he would return with The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, an album recorded with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and initially offered as a free download from Reznor's website. The album was released on CD in 2008. Williams continued to tour and collaborate with artists from all over the globe. He eventually signed to Sony's Columbia imprint in 2010. He recorded Volcanic Sunlight -- his debut for the label -- in Paris with renowned producer Renaud Letang and engineer Thomas Moulin. The album was released in November of 2011. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi
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Saul Williams is such an INSPIRATION
Everything HE does -
love this guy!
this dude is a hell of an artist :)
UMD represent!
anyone from the old saulwilliams . c o m message board/ poetry forum(s... there have been a few, all crashed, sadly)- and, really, anybody who enjoys his inspired & purpose-driv e n lyricism is invited to our current little corner of cyberspace, a community page on FB: SW Poetry- Phoenix Forum https://www. f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s / 1 4 6 0 3 5 9 9 5 4 6 0 0 8 4 / love and many blessings!, crisquarius
courtneyanne l i n d e n 6
Genius
Saw him in a small venue in Ann Arbor about 7 years ago, it was amazing.
just did:-) @ college park, UMD. He did his thing.
I'd love to see him live!!!
azdevildog05
lyrically stimulating
Absolute genius.
Simply brilliant.
homies gonna spin off the planet, real soon
izzaiah
Such an amazing lyricist.
empressrisin g
yo, if u dont know, now u know! saul brings knowledge... a n d just when u think hes too far out there for u, he has a way of guiding u to him...the brotha is deep, check'm.
Saul Williams is brilliant, anyone who hasn't seen the movie "Slam" and digs the beauty of the struggle in a poetic and positive way... it's f-in great, netflix that with the quickness.
earlive
what's up with BET? They offer recognition of genius award to debasers of the black community, but not to the artists who strengthen the African American image in a positive way.
r.a.flores
Refreshing break from the "gotta get mine" brand of hip hop. Don't agree with his philosophy, but I certainly enjoy his talent.
Saul is the epitome of a man with a perpose. I am new to this guy ,but I see his vision and all that s**t. Good people!
luvufatone
This guy is crazy cool! I found this clip of him performing at a show in San Diego. Anyone know of any other videos?

http://www.m y d a m n c h a n n e l . c o m / M N / M u s i c _ N i g h t s / S o C o M u s i c E x p e r i e n c e S a n D i e g o p t 1 _ 9 5 8 . a s p x
Amazing all i gotta say is when i heard Coded language i cant stop listening to this
saul williams is the truth
pretty greet
Saw him perform a few months ago in San Francisco. Blessed.
ileesia1788
I was fortunate enough to catch Saul's show at the Troc in Philly last month and was totally blown away! He is a consummate performer and so damned intelligent that it hurts. His is a voice that NEEDS to be heard by as many people as possible. Try his books too.
artfromtheey e
Just saw Saul Williams live in hometown Cleveland.. cat has mad skills, all the musicians. damn. mad props! good show
Niggy Tardust should be added to his discography. Produced by Trent Reznor, it's intense and amazing. One of the best Hip Hop albums of 07.
Black History Month makes me lose my head.
intense I like it...
aaronjshay
This man convinced me that hip-hop was NOT what I was seeing on MTV, and that it was every bit of an art as other types of music. Everyone else who laughs at rap is too pretentious to believe.
Revival of the poetry circuit, Saul Williams and Sage Francis bringing back slam poetry, beat poetry, bringing back the musical, bringing back the play shakespeare first started.

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