June 22, 2011

Am on a Saul Williams listening blitz right now. With the release of his new album Volcanic Sunlight the evolutionary, artistic leap from record to record is becoming the only constant to this fantastic spoken word artist.

Now he’s transcended even the agit-rap of Gil Scott-Heron and his contemporaries to become a seer of meaning, a poet “who composes what the world proses” and hip-hop shaman whose rituals teem with liberation politics and visceral  primalism.

Below is an excerpt from one of my faves off the Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust is “Pedagogue of Young Gods”. Stark, austere and preaching a punk manifesto of warfare by smarts.

I behold in awe and enjoy the heebie jeebies.

More than we hoped and dreamed,
a generation of generators,
a power source and supply.
The better we learn to live,
the better we learn to die.
Old as anything,
old as everything,
we are participants in a ritual
older than our collective memory,
a marriage of heart and mind,
secular and divine.

All is as it should be.
Slavery carefully bred us.
No child of Greece or Rome can behead us.
We are ahead of our time.
Slavery was simply a state of mind.
Hip-hop reminded us of confidence.
Overcoming now is simply common sense.
You deserve the ice and the riches of Solomon.
But don’t let warped values turn you into hollow men.
Education is the only thing given that cannot be taken.
Learn to think for yourself,
analyze the forsaken.
Pimp your fears,
surrender to love,
dance all night when you need to.
Play this song for a thug,
let ’em know ain’t no judgment.


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