Podcast: Saul Williams

2006-12-06 15:41
Saul Williams father was a preacher. His mother was a teacher, who he says "...was rushed from a James Brown concert in order to give birth to me..."

Williams moved to New York City to take a Master's Degree at New York University in acting after he graduated from college, and soon found himself at the center of the New York cafe poetry scene, winning the title of Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion in 1995.

Fame on the spoken-word circuit led him to the lead role in the 1998 feature film, Slam, which won both the Sundance Festival Grand Jury Prize and the Cannes Camera D'Or, introducing Williams to international audiences.

Williams was at this time breaking into music. He had performed with such artists as renowned hip-hop artists The Fugees, Blackalicious, Erykah Badu, and others, plus poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. The Rick Rubin produced Amethyst Rock Star (2001) made him famous in more than poetry circles and he supported Nine Inch Nails on their European tour a couple of years later.

Williams has been published in The New York Times, Esquire, Bomb Magazine and African Voices, and though he lives in LA, he tours worldwide performing his music and poetry. SUBSCRIBE TO 24.COM MUSIC PODCASTS

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Whenever you perform a poem or piece of music, it changes, says Saul Williams. Hear the full interview and some of his music.

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