"I think there's a lot of American artists who are really high on themselves and don't realize that there's somebody who's doing it fresher," says Saul Williams while talking about Belgian pop artist Stromae, who is one of the few, if only, pop artists he reps for. As you can imagine with someone as eclectic, talented and acclaimed as the American rapper, poet, writer, actor and musician, when Williams comes to Amoeba Hollywood, he's sure to pick up some interesting finds.
In 1996 Williams won the title of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe's Grand Slam Champion, which was documented in the film SlamNation. 1998 he started his career in music releasing EPs and singles. In 2001 Williams released his debut LP, Amethyst Rock Star, which was produced by Rick Rubin. Over the course of his career, Williams has performed with artists such as Nas, Erykah Badu, The Fugees, Blackalicious, KRS-One, De La Soul, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Sonia Sanchez. He has toured with The Mars Volta and Nine Inch Nails. Trent Reznor co-produced Williams' 2007 LP The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Volcanic Sunlight, released in 2011, saw Williams moving in a new direction, with tracks influenced by funk, new wave, dubstep and garage rock. January of 2016 saw his latest release, MartyrLoserKing. Williams has published four collections of poetry and his writing has been featured in The New York Times, Esquire, African Voices and Bomb Magazine. He has acted in the feature films Slam and Today and starred in Holler If Ya Hear Me, a Broadway musical featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. Saul Williams is currently on tour in the UK and Ireland.