Saturday, October 27, 2007

Indiefied- Niggy Tardust

Saul Williams has collaborated with Trent Reznor to bring you Niggy Tardust, an alter ego with hard edged political rage. The brilliance that is Saul Williams has brought a higher state of awareness to our culture with his play on words, mastery of drama and his metaphorical genius. We can only anticipate this will be a powerful work. In edition to the middle finger poised for the establishment, the recording's distribution model was inspired by Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' release via the internet with a pricetag the user chooses (shame on us...forgot to post the information on the 11th...there will perhaps be more later...). The traditional recording industry model gets no love.

He elaborates:

"Most people aren't aware of the world of art and commerce where exploitation strips each artist down to nigger. Each label, like apartheid, multiplies us by our divide and whips us 'til we conform to lesser figures. What falls between the cracks is a pile of records stacked to the heights of talents hidden from the sun. Yet the energy they put into popularizing smut makes a star of a shiny polished gun. The ballot or the bullet for Mohawk or the mullet is a choice between new times and dying days. And the only way to choose is to jump ship from old truths and trust dolphins as we swim through changing ways. The ways of middlemen proves to be just a passing trend. We need no priests to talk to God. No phone to call her. And when you click the link below, i think it fair that you should know that your purchase will make middlemen much poorer..."


The album is available Nov.1. I've got my pre-order in. Saul is breaking barriers as usual, and there are issues we need to face collectively that he tackles without flinching. Take example.

Visit his underground and leave a tag

More references to Niggy Tardust in relation to Ziggy Stardust (ostracized because of his alien nature as Niggy Tardust is alienated because of race).

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