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Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust [Explicit Lyrics]

Saul WilliamsAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Fader Label
  • ASIN: B00197U0VM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Saul Williams with his album, Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust! The CD contains five exclusive bonus tracks including 'List Of Demands', featured in the massive Nike 'My Better' TV campaign. Also features a cover of U2's 'Sunday Bloody Sunday.' Album produced by Trent Reznor/NIN. First establishing himself as an influential poet, and then as an award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams then went on to establish himself as an MC. His approach to MCing, though, wasn't exactly in line with the traditional school of Hip-Hop. His rhymes weren't really rhymes but rather his poetry delivered in a frenzied spoken word manner that was more rhythmic than alliterate.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of the Grippo King July 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
With the invention of the Niggy Tardust persona Saul Williams has escalated his performance far beyond the traditional role of the MC. He's birthed Niggy as some kind of spectral shaman over a ritual of reflection on the past, present, and future of Hip-Hop, but more than that, he makes the ritual fun. Saul's overwhelming live charisma transfers over to disc with little impact lost.

This collaboration with Trent Reznor and CX KiDTRONiK among others pushes genre boundaries while hearkening back to the Bomb Squad production of early Public Enemy proving that, in the right hands, Hip-Hop can still be a tool of liberation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saul Williams for Vice President July 23, 2008
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Saul Williams is making a righteous statement with this album, and it seems that many people have missed the point. The rap industry has dumbed down its most prominent figures into n-words, the very thing many of its artists have been fighting against in their poetry. Subtly stated in the chorus of the satirical opening track, "The banana peels are carefully placed", Saul is pointing out that the state of mainstream rap is just waiting for the artist to slip and fall back into the unevolved, simian craving for "money cash hoes". I have always believed there is a difference between rap and hip-hop. Hip-hop to me has a more positive connotation, with progressive lyricists such as Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Common cutting paths underground to shed a positive, open-minded message. Saul is among these leaders in the hip-hop genre.

Let's not forget that Saul was the first semi-well known artist to release his album online exclusively. Yes, months before radiohead, and about a year before his co-conspirator Trent Reznor, this was the initial slap in the face to the music industry.

The dark pulse of Trent Reznor driven beats is the perfect backdrop for the dark message Saul is trying to convey. Unless he completely sells out, he will never "team with a big name producer"; he represents the anti-mainstream. Key tracks such as "Black History Month", "Tr(n)igger", "Niggy Tardust", "Raised to Be Lowered", and "The Ritual" demonstrate the theme of his concept album perfectly. Quoted from the song "Niggy Tardust" - "When I say Niggy, you say nothing. Niggy - NOTHING! Shut up." There's another person who missed the point.

As a twenty-something white male, I feel that Saul's political poetry stands alongside Barack Obama in pushing racism back into the 20th century. Ignore the naysayers, and do not ignore this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure poetry June 1, 2009
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This is a superb album. If all hip hop was this good....
"Niggy Tardust" is not just hip hop but also combines elements of industrial rock and other genres in a very artistically pleasing way. Both the sound and the lyrics are inspiring. The subject matter may not be comfortable for some but we need to listen anyway. Saul Williams is political and that's the way he should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HYPE AND BLING FREE April 14, 2011
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Saul Williams isn't your typical hip hop/rap superstar in that there's no flash car, big mtv cribs mansion no 22 women hovering in the background and an endless supply of bodyguards, or if there is hes not flash about it. Another thing that sets him apart is that his songs are not about how many notches he has on his bedpost or how many people he has shot or how many millions of albums he has sold and that hes the greatest hip hop star in the world (I'm looking at you Kanye West). No Saul Williams is for real and anybody who has listened to his previous albums or seen him live will confirm that.

Niggy Tardust came about as a result of supporting Nine Inch Nails on their With Teeth world tour in 2005. Trent Reznor personally picked Saul Williams to tour with him and despite the differences in style, Saul was well received by nin fans and gained new followers as a result. So when it came time to go into the studio to record the follow up to 2004s brilliant self titled album there was only one person he could call to help produce and write the album. Trent Reznor.

The results are great as you get an album full of big beats and daring samples. One of those is a reworking of U2's Sunday Bloody Sunday which contains a sample of the drumbeat from that song. Tr(n)igger contains a sample of Public Enemy's Welcome to the Terrordome and it works perfectly. Trent Reznor appears on 14 of the 15 tracks in some form or another whether it be programming, arranging or the music, he also provides vocals on 2 tracks, Break and WTF. The music from Skin of a Drum wouldn't have sound out of place on Nine inch nails album Ghosts i-iv. Saul's lyrics are brilliant as always.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A revelation September 9, 2008
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(I'm French, please excuse the limitedness of my skills...)

I'd never heard of Saul Williams before this record. I wasn't really much into hip-hop, anyway. Well, on the other hand, I'm a NIN fan, so...
Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Reznor, I heard of the digital release of 'The Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust!'. I was quite thrilled at first at what could be seen as an Internet-scale experiment, with the 'pay and support an artist/don't pay but please spread the word' choice, etc.

So I was in.
And I didn't regret it. It even became of one those 'soundtrack of your life' albums you never stop listening to for months.

The NIN sound trademark is quite obvious throughout the album, especially with compositions such as 'WTF!' (where Trent Reznor makes a short guest appearance on vocals) and almost all of the five or six last tracks, replete with tortured sounds of strings, overdriven harmonies and bizarre beats. Despite this, the range of Reznor's talent and tastes allows much more than a NIN album with Saul Williams on vocals. Again, the sound production on this album shows the versatility of Reznor's work.

A blend of heavy hip-hop, old-school jazzy hip-hop, massive industrial beats, light, aerial melodies, grinding noises, and a more experimental aspect of fusion between poetry and rhythm; all of this sewn together by the poet himself, Saul Williams, equally at ease when rapping and singing his meaningful lyrics.

I cannot really compare this work to Saul Williams' previous ones, as I never listened to them... But I've got a more important criterion. This isn't an easy-to-listen album. You listen to it once, you put it aside for a week.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saul is back!
Great album from Saul Williams, produced by Trent Reznor, the mastermind from NIN.
Published 4 days ago by David Lotric
4.0 out of 5 stars Showcases his musical skills in addition to his poetry.
Saul shows he is not just a poet. With the help of several prominent artists, he breaks it all the way down.Showcases
Published 10 months ago by Leonard Guillory
5.0 out of 5 stars Essentially The Fragile, disc three, with Saul and excellent sound.
This album is so great. Both fans of Saul Williams (especially of his self-titled album) and fans of NIN will enjoy it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by ANAF
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard five
After hearing some Saul's Williams poetry I decided to try this album out. If you like NIN sound you will like this album. Read more
Published on April 13, 2010 by ogdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds of the future
This record is something new, but it is also heavily influenced by the old. Most kids today wouldnt understand that, hip hop. Read more
Published on January 6, 2009 by K. strong monkey J.
2.0 out of 5 stars Overreaching ambitions
2 1/2

This alternative hip hop project offers little more then the indulgent, experimental vibe present throughout these rap canvases. Read more
Published on November 8, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Good
I am bias because Saul Williams just happens to be my hero. But I love this album. Black History Month starts the album off on such a good note and it only gets better from there. Read more
Published on November 6, 2008 by M. Waiters
4.0 out of 5 stars Tracks to Check Out
Album is great blend of the NIN sound/sampling (best part of NIN) with hip-hop lyrics and spin. It is easy to get thrown off by the obvious listens when sampling songs from this... Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by P. M. Mccaffrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good and emotional CD
I was turned on to Williams at the Oklahoma City NIN show in 2006. I was very impressed of Saul's live show. Read more
Published on October 14, 2008 by Cody D. Seaton
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Saul Williams entry
If you like Saul Williams already, you'll like this album. If you like Trent Reznor produced albums, you'll like this album. Read more
Published on August 16, 2008 by Beej Powers
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I agree very much so, I also bought the download to support what he was doing, and I will definitely be buying the physical copy because it is an amazing cd.
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