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saul williams – the inevitable rise and liberation of niggy tardust October 30, 2007

Posted by KG in arts/culture, hip-hop, music, news, race, tech.
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if you’re not up on saul williams, go do your homework – google is your friend. he’s a spoken word artist/poet, rapper, and actor who makes great music.

his new album will be released online for free a la radiohead. (available nov. 1st at http://niggytardust.com)

“You will first be asked to enter your e-mail address. This is where you will receive the download link when the album becomes available on November 1.

If you choose to pay for the record, your download will be available in the following formats:

  • 192Kbps MP3
  • 320Kbps MP3
  • FLAC lossless audio

If you choose not to pay for the record, you will receive it in 192Kbps MP3 format.

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics

All files are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device. MP3s are encoded with LAME v3.97 and love.”

$5 gets you above 192kbps.

message from saul:

“My Dearest Friends and Fans,

It is my greatest honor to present to you The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!,
my new album produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder. The wall of sound that we’ve created is tagged with such graffiti that a passerby would seek out doors and ways to ENTER. Once inside a world defined by dreams come true they’d find aligned with the simplest act of sharing what we treasure. Most people aren’t aware of the world of art and commerce where exploitation strips each artist down to nigger. Each label, like apartheid, multiplies us by our divide and whips us ’til we conform to lesser figures. What falls between the cracks is a pile of records stacked to the heights of talents hidden from the sun. Yet the energy they put into popularizing smut makes a star of a shiny polished gun. The ballot or the bullet for Mohawk or the mullet is a choice between new times and dying days. And the only way to choose is to jump ship from old truths and trust dolphins as we swim through changing ways. The ways of middlemen proves to be just a passing trend. We need no priests to talk to God. No phone to call her. And when you click the link below, i think it fair that you should know that your purchase will make middlemen much poorer…

NiggyTardust!
love,

Saul”

and some words from trent reznor:

“…Saul was interested in breaking boundaries / crossing genres / defying expectations and we learned a great deal from one another in the process. When asked about the sound of the record, I’ve had to resort to “… I really don’t know HOW to describe it.” That’s a good thing more than ever these days.

A word on the way we’ve chosen to release this.
There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and the way we’ve chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we’ve improved upon their idea in a few profound ways that benefit you, the consumer. You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that IS very different in our situation is that Saul’s not the household name (yet!) that Radiohead is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever. If you like what you hear, spread the word.

I hope you enjoy the music,

TR”

here’s a leaked track from the new album,

saul williams – tr(n)igger:

and here’s two old favorites of mine…

saul williams – talk to strangers:

saul williams – black stacey:

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1. sean o'neill - January 24, 2008

The best $5 spent ever! And i mean that…in its most literal sense. As far as all those albums through the years that become legends in their own genre (Dark Side of.., ok computer, DrDre2001, you get the idea), you just don’t expect them to come around too often. This album completely stands on its own as a classic masterpiece of its time. It even tackles almost every genre out there and and oddly enough it completely works…but that is an understatement because it doesnt just “work”, rather it’s perfected. There are rappers and bands out there that could only wish to bring this kind of quality to their own respective genres…and trent and saul seem to do it all so well. Overall it is a smooth, intelligent, introspective, classic and this sort of quality probably won’t be topped for awhile..


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