Inevitable Rise of Libera Explicit Lyrics
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|1. Black History Month|
|2. Convict Colony|
|4. Sunday Bloody Sunday|
|6. Niggy Tardust|
|9. Scared Monkey|
|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|
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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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.
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.
"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.
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
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.