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1. Black History Month
2. Convict Colony
3. Tr(n)igger
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Break
6. Niggy Tardust
7. DNA
8. WTF!
9. Scared Monkey
10. Raw
11. Skin of a Drum
12. No One Ever Does
13. Banged and Blown Through
14. Raised to be Lowered
15. The RitualBonus Tracks:
16. Pedagogue of Young Gods
17. Can't Hide Love (Earth Wind and Fire cover)
18. Gunshots by Computer
19. Survivalism (Open Heart Clinic Remix)
20. List of Demands

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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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Amazon.com: 21 reviews
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Return of the Grippo King July 9 2008
By Marcos F. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Saul Williams for Vice President July 23 2008
By D. Gladden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pure poetry June 1 2009
By Lost Johnny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HYPE AND BLING FREE April 14 2011
By nin/ja77 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
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. With this physical release you get 5 bonus tracks including 3 unreleased songs as well as List of Demands (reparation) and the remix he did of nine inch nails track Hyperpower which is called Gunshots by Computer.

The inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust wont sell ten million albums and wont get the recognition it deserves from the mainstream music world but I'm sure he wont mind. Do yourself a favour and forget the cartoon rap of 50 cent and get Niggy Tardust. You wont be disappointed
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A revelation Sept. 9 2008
By Lucas Desjardins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
(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. Then you gradually come back to it, learning how to listen to it, realizing its qualities, enjoying while analyzing... That type of revelation doesn't happen all the time.

The alliance of the two musicians, the two universes, the two styles, produced a very interesting result, quite unique a mixture. It was a great discovery, to say the least.
Hat tip to the artists.


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