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Saul Williams

États-Unis

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Acteur, écrivain, scénariste et chanteur américain.
Originaire des Etats-Unis, c’est dans les années 90, que le rappeur Saul Williams, crée le groupe rap du même nom. La formation est composée de basse, batterie, violon, violoncelle, guitare électrique et DJ. C’est d’abord par le biais de la poésie, que Saul Williams est découvert et reconnu. Il commence par écrire de nombreux textes, dont la majeure partie est imprimée dans les magazines et les journaux locaux. En 97, Saul Williams co-écrit Slam, le film de Mark Levin, dans lequel il tient le premier rôle, et qui lui apporte la reconnaissance du public. Le film remporte d’ailleurs le prix de La caméra d’Or à Cannes, et de nombreux Awards aux Etats-Unis. L’année suivante, il publie un premier recueil The Seventh Octave, suivi de She en 99. Début 2000, et avec de nouveaux textes en poche, Saul Williams entre en studio, pour enregistrer son premier album Amethyst Rockstar qui sort début 2001. Deux ans plus tard, l’artiste revient avec un EP intitulé: Not In Our Name. En 2005, le touche-à-tout revient avec un second opus au titre éponyme.

English

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 alliterative. His first major recording was a collaboration with KRS-One, « Ocean Within, » which appeared on the soundtrack to Slam, the award-winning film he not only co-wrote but also starred in. Around this same time in the late’90s, he began collaborating with other musicians, one of the more notable and impressive being the title track to drum’n’bass producer Krust’s Coded Language album. These one-off performances, along with the attention that Williams garnered thanks to Slam, led to a deal with Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. In late 2001, the long-awaited and much-hyped Williams solo debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, hit the streets. The album featured a full-scale band and Rubin’s production, with Williams’ manic vocals taking the fore. It wasn’t a straight-ahead rap album, more rock-rap in the style of Rage Against the Machine than anything. Critical opinion wavered, though Williams indeed seemed to impress many; he was not only invited to the 2001 Detroit Electronic Music Festival but also found himself to be a popular concert draw in Europe. The 2003 release of Not in My Name on Synchronic found Williams being remixed by Coldcut and DJ Spooky. His 2004 self-titled release appeared on the Fader label. Three years later he would return with The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, an album recorded with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and initially offered as a free download from Reznor’s website.