The hip-hop debut of unspeakably awesome slam-poet Saul Williams, Amethyst Rock Star , was a divisive work. Some critics were turned off by Williams' bombastic, proclamatory emceeing, which often made no pretense of rhythmic consistency or tonal variety. Yet despite a few bland passages, it was one of my favorite albums of ' Williams' lyrical turns as a wise punster, revealing the subliminal messages and connections embedded in our language, approached the transcendent.
A style that struck some as sterile fed others a powerful rhetorical fire, backed by violins and breakbeats. At the album's climax, on the DJ Krush collaboration "Coded Language", Williams fervently delivered an indictment of modern consciousness in an engineer's technical jargon, culminating in a rapid-fire postmodern jumble of historical figures.
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Retrieved August 18, Archived from the original on August 18, Retrieved Archived from the original on September 29, Retrieved December 15, LA review of books. March 19, Retrieved January 18, June 28, Retrieved March 10, Williams is a dynamic poet, one whose words are weighted heavily by rhythm and cadence, even when read internally. Some poems read as if the Mad Hatter studied verse. He diligently pursued a poetry education, choosing to indoctrinate himself on the art form, and lost himself in bookstores.
But even though poetry was a worthwhile investment, it really came hand in hand with the music for me. He starred in the Broadway musical Holla If Ya Hear Me , which adapted the music and lyrics of rapper 2Pac, and he initially spent time developing his new album, MartyrLoserKing, as a musical for the stage before considering it as a film. It loosely tells the story of its titular character, a hacker from Burundi, seeking revolution.
Theater, poetry and music are just three spokes on a creative wheel that is continuously turning for Williams, but he still often gets pigeonholed by his poetic roots. His music is seen as a vehicle for his messaging, and his musicianship can get lost in the shuffle.
In truth, he usually makes his music with a sonic focus: writing placeholder raps in gibberish, playing the instruments on his demos, turning ideas into written drafts only after inspiration has struck.Jan 29, · An experimental short by Los Angeles-based director and photographer Andrew Gura, featuring acclaimed musician and poet Saul Williams. Having worked together since the late 90s, “Kiss & Describe It” began with the idea of taking a few portraits at Saul’s home in Los Angeles, but quickly transformed into something else entirely.