Slam poets occupy the ground between poetry, hip-hop and performance art. Few have been able to navigate that ground better than NYC's Saul Williams. True to slam's roots, his performances (both live and on record) are political, visceral and keenly self-aware. But he also brings a complexity that is oftentimes lacking from the pieces of his compatriots. Sure, his work can be didactic, but he is just as interested in metaphor, character and texture. This was apparent in his 1998 film debut, Slam, and his 2001 debut record, Amethyst Rock Star. Since then, his work has ranged from MoveOn.org-style anti-Bush paeans (2003's Not in My Name) to po-mo industrial claptrap (2007's collaboration with Trent Reznor, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust). Regardless of his approach or thematic focus, Williams is one of the most singular artists working on the periphery of hip-hop.
Saul Williams Top Tracks
Live at The Metro Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 41 minPublic Enemy, also known as PE, is an influential hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for its politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Public Enemy number forty-four on its list of the Immortals: 100. Here, the group performs at The Metro Theatre, in Sydney, Australia, on December 27, 2008.
Guitar Center Sessions
Runtime: 57 minAn intimate concert and interview with hip-hop lyricist, Talib Kweli. Performances include 'Upper Echelon', 'Get By', 'The Blast', and 'Cold Rain' with host, Nic Harcourt.