Josh’s Musings – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust

Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust: 4 stars

Precon: He’s a Def Poetry type artist. I’ve seen Slam and heard him on the Blackalicious song “Release.”

Favorite Track: Nothing head and shoulders above the rest. I remember taking note of Skin of a Drum so that’ll do.
Least Favorite: So many tracks switch up drastically midway through that it’s hard to pick. As soon as I thought I didn’t like something it would turn into a different song and do something I liked. I guess I’ll go with Raw, although it did provide a respite from the noise.

I like how he can go back and forth between singing, rapping, spoken word, and various hybrids of those things and they all sound like different people. I noticed, at times, pronunciation like Busdriver, flow like Jay-Z, inflected emsinging like Brother Ali, singing like…Living Colour? Also like Trent or maybe that is Trent. He reminds me of so many people I can’t keep track of them all. I didn’t expect so much out of a guy who I just thought did spoken word.
The nine inch noises can be a little much, but the album tends to draw back before they mount too high. I always liked my Reznor in small doses.
This album is a long, strange trip. I was pleasantly surprised overall and will listen to it again.

Josh (49 Posts)

He may look like just an ordinary pizza flingin’ oven jockey, but no—this dude can lay the smack down with the bets of em’. He’s Josh, the "Brick Oven", and he’s the owner and head cook at Josh’s Joint. Who does he lay the smack down on exactly? His customers, that’s who. Order something the wrong way—catch a body blow. Ask for extra garlic in a rude manner—smack to your grill space. Walk into his joint like you own the place—your head goes through the soda fountain machine right quick. This motherfu*ker doesn’t mess around. He once gave a dude an atomic wedgie and stuffed his face in a toilet just for calling him “chief”. Come in his restaurant talkin’ bout, “can I get some garlic knots”, while he’s watching Judge Judy, and you just might get your ass handed to you with a side of Josh’s famous pizza sauce. If by some miracle you are able to duck his punches or fight off his attacks, you then might be invited to his afterhours fight club, which he holds in the back alley behind the restaurant.


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