Following a marketing model similar to Radiohead’s latest release “In Rainbows,” poet, actor and musician Saul Williams recently released “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!” for free on the Internet, with the option given for fans to pay.
Williams teamed up with Nine Inch Nails guru Trent Reznor to produce his third album, which features lyrics taken from poetry in Williams’ 2006 book, “The Dead Emcee Scrolls: The Lost Teachings of Hip-Hop.”
Fans of Reznor will be pleased with Williams’ latest album, as most of it sounds like classic NIN production but with a different vocalist. As for Williams, his lyrical poetry dives into the realm of hip-hop’s social status and stereotypes in today’s world.
Currently playing on the radio is the album’s only cover, with Williams singing a Trent Reznor version of U2’s famous “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Another key track is “Tr(n)igger,” which features sample from Public Enemy’s “Fear of a Black Planet.”