Presented as part of Manchester Literature Festival by Speakeasy, Commonword and Young Identity, Saul Williams is a hybrid. A poet. A rapstar. A rockstar. Maybe the best way to describe Williams is ‘renaissance man,’ or you could simply say he’s an artist. Williams started out as an open-mic poet, so it goes without saying that he comes from a distinctly different background from a typical MC, and it shows.
Williams has collaborated and performed with everyone from Erykah Badu, KRS-One, and De La Soul to The Fugees and Zach De La Rocha (Rage Against the Machine). Williams released his debut as a recording artist, the Rick Rubin-produced Amethyst Rock Star, in 2001 followed by a critically-acclaimed self-titled album in 2004.
He recently completed a sold-out headlining US tour and received rave reviews from the media, including performances at Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, and more. Previously Saul Williams has shared the stage with a diverse group of acts including The Mars Volta, Cursive, My Morning Jacket, Serj Tankian, Nine Inch Nails and Blackalicious.
This event will begin at 10.30pm.