ONE WAY Recommends [Issue
#11] Saul Williams By
Williams has only begun to MC a few years ago; but, before delving
into the hip-hop world, he gained much of his reputation for being
an influential poet and an award-winning screenwriter and actor.
Sauls creative writing along with his alternative approach
(to music in general) has set him far apart the traditional school
of hip-hop. He raps in the most poetic way possible; delivering
his rhymes frantically through spoken words on music. Saul Williams,
is his sophomore effort in creating yet another highly literate
and self-conscious piece of art. With 12 songs filled with raw emotions
and socio-political quarrels. Talk to Strangers, which
is written and performed by Serj Tankian from System of a Down,
reflects a very personal take on life in general - one that makes
you think more about your own. Grippo is electronica,
pop/rock, and rap all at once; its catchy and meaningful.
African Student Movement is a long strand of political
issues spoken over the subtle beat of the drums - it almost sounds
like a peaceful military march. And the rest of the album is just
as powerful and creative.