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An enigmatic artist whose style is pretty much impossible to categorize, Saul Williams has been releasing records since 2000 and has worked with everyone from Rick Rubin and Zack de la Rocha to Nine Inch Nails and Mars Volta. He's perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1998 film Slam, but his career has progressed beyond competitive poetry to include forays into all kinds of music, book publishing, and film work. Volcanic Sunlight is his sixth solo album and is predictable only in its total unpredictability. He veers from genre to genre on each of the 14 tracks, touching on moody indie rock, Bollywood-inspired world music, post-industrial electronica, '80s throwback, and left-field hip-hop. With so many diverse styles on display here, what you need most to enjoy this is a wide-open mind and lack of preconceived notions. It's sonically schizophrenic but thoroughly enjoyable. Standout tracks include the Marley Marl–sampling "Rocket," the futuristic dance-pop "Girls on Saturn," the folksy "Innocence," and the snap-laced slow jam "Fall Up."

Customer Reviews

This album is a musical poetic explosion

I have always loved the deeply provocative lyrics of Saul Williams. And while his previous works had that in spades, Volcanic Sunlight is definately a more well rounded album musically. This album is deep and funky at the same time. Great work.


Saul has turned into a emo hipster

Best one yet!

Thanks for giving us a little more of your heart.


Born: February 29, 1972 in Albany, NY

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

First establishing himself as an influential poet, and then as an award-winning screenwriter/actor, Saul Williams went on to establish himself as an MC. His approach 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 alliterative. His first major recording was a collaboration with KRS-One, "Ocean Within," which appeared on the soundtrack to Slam, the award-winning...
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