Saul Williams’ touching poetry, spun through polyrhythms, electronics and piano passages, makes him hard to place in the hip hop world.
The New York-based rapper, poet and author has collaborated with musicians like Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and, most recently, Emily Kokal of indie-rockers Warpaint, but he never lost touch with his roots.
Saul Williams will open for K-OS Friday night at Union Hall, 6240 99 St.
“Me, I don’t feel like an outsider. I feel like I’m right where I belong all the time,” he says.
“I grew up in and through and around hip hop. That’s what opened my ears, and it opened my ears to a lot of the things that I’m interested in. Of course, hip hop is a mixed media art form.
“Hip hop is just the interface. You can sample classical music, you can sample jazz, you can sample whatever.”