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 Concert Films
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.
In Session 2003
Runtime: 16 minTalib Kweli performs live at the intimate In Session in 2003. The Session features performances of his hits; Good To You,” “Get By” and; the Blast.” The Session concludes with an interview with Talib Kweli.
A Pocket Party
Run The Jewels
Runtime: 36 minTaking home the album of the year 2015 of the Pitchfork festival, Run The Jewels know how to keep its audience on the edge of their seats. The rapping duo consists of music producers EL-P and Killer Mike, and they guarantee to present a red hot set!