Amethyst Rock Star
Poetry and spoken word slams are the new hot shit in the urban set these days, and the Michael Jordan of the art form has finally dropped a full-length album to whet the appetites of the new-age beatnik followers fiending for a major release.
Amethyst Rock Star is the debut release of New York poet laureate Saul Williams, whose extraordinary talent led to a starring role in 1998’s definitive street-poetry flick “Slam,” which in turn gave him even more prominence. He and the movie have singlehandedly inspired a number of modern-day Ginsburgs to try their hand at the art.
Williams’ spoken word manifests a number of human emotions: Anger, hatred, love, motivation, etc. and manages to roll them all up in 11 powerful tracks. “Penny for a Thought” is an amusing poem in which Williams challenges the masses to understand the absurdity of its wasteful ways. “Om Nia Merican” is a blazing piece that appears to be almost mocking the clich