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Saul Williams

Award-Winning Spoken Word Artist, Actor, Singer and Musician

Saul Williams, rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, poet, writer, and actor. He is known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop, and for his lead roles in the 1998 film Slam and Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring music by Tupac Shakur. As a writer, Williams has been published in The New…

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Saul Williams, rapper, singer-songwriter, musician, poet, writer, and actor. He is known for his blend of poetry and alternative hip hop, and for his lead roles in the 1998 film Slam and Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring music by Tupac Shakur.

As a writer, Williams has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, Bomb Magazine, and African Voices, as well as releasing four collections of poetry. As a poet and musician, Williams has toured and lectured across the world, appearing at many universities and colleges.

In his interview in the book Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, Williams explained why he creates within so many genres: “It’s not that I balance those arts out, all the different arts balance me out.

So, that there is a certain type of emotion that is more easily accessible through music than poetry… some things are meant to be written, some are meant to be sung, some things are meant to be hummed, some things are made to be yelled, and so that’s just how life works.”

He has also been on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and is a recurring character on UPN’s hit show, Girlfriends. With three albums to his credit, Williams’s music provides a sonic soundscape for his already rhythmic and expansive poetry.

His debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, earned him great critical acclaim and his September ’04 self-titled release has received just as many accolades. As the author of four unique collections of poems, including She and The Seventh Octave, his voice adds value and intensity to the weight of words.

His newest book, The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop, gives readers a tour of the history of hip-hop.

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