first time on vinyl, can you believe it? originally released in 2004 - Critics have a hard time deciding what to call Saul Williams' music -- poetic hardcore, "punk-hop." It certainly isn't straightforward hip-hop by any means. On his self-titled album, Williams moves toward a slightly more accessible format (compared to his previous, more poetry driven work) with twisted guitar lines, heavy bass thumps, and a closer stab at singing from time to time. Essentially all of the lyrical content is built upon Williams' poetry, largely sociocultural commentary and protest. What that poetry is laid over, however, is a wild variety of sound, from sparse to dense, droopingly slow to frantically fast. It's not mainstream hip-hop as much as an outright rejection of the excesses and lack of attention in much of contemporary hip-hop.
|1||Talk To Strangers|
|4||Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)|
|5||List Of Demands (Reparations)|
|6||African Student Movement|
|9||Surrender (A Second To Think)|
|12||Notice Of Eviction|