Friday, July 18, 2008

Video: Saul Williams - "Convict Colony"

Download: Saul Williams - "Convict Colony" (Via Sound Opinions)

Watch the otherworldly video for the Nine Inch Nails-esque (hmm, wonder why that is) track from the pay-what-you-want The Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust by eclectically electric singer-songwriter-rapper Saul Williams.

You can listen to a live version of that same song at the top of the post from the session he did on NPR's popular music talk-show Sound Opinions. On the Williams episode, Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, the hosts of the programs, ask Williams about underground cred in the face of commercial song placement; the provocative etymology and evolution of a racial epithet; how that epithet relates to the concept of his newest album; and how he classifies, and came up with, his genre-leaping sound.

Listen to the segment, which includes other live performances, here. Niggy Tardust is out now.

Saul Williams MySpace Page

(Jonathan Graef)

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