Released today Saul Williams greatly anticipated new full-length book of poetry, the first since The Dead Emcee Scrolls in 2006, “the poet laureate of hip-hop” (CNN) Saul Williams presents his ideas, observations, realizations, dreams, and questions about the state of America, the American psyche, and what it means to be American.
After four years abroad, Williams returned to the United States and found his head twirling with thoughts on race, class, gender, finance, freedom, guns, cooking shows, dog shows, superheroes, not-so-super politicians—everything that makes up our country. US(a.) is a collection of poems that embodies the spirit of a culture that questions sentiments and realities, embracing a cross-section of pop culture, hip-hop, and the greater world politic of the moment. Williams explores what social media may only hint at—times and realities have changed; there is a connect and a disconnect. We are wirelessly connected to a past and path to which we are chained. Saul Williams stops and frisks the moment, makes it empty its pockets, and chronicles what’s inside. Here is an extraordinary book that will find its place in the hands and minds of a new generation. You can purchase Saul Williams new book 'Us(a) via Simon & Schuster here, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Nobles.
Saul William has also released a new song from his upcoming album MartyrLoserKing to accompany the book release today. Do indulge below and look out for his new album From MartyrLoserKing in 2016.
"Martyr Loser King is a concept project, meaning that I am writing in the voice of a character and telling a story.
In Martyr Loser King, I’m not really there to talk about America, but to talk about these global instances of technology awareness and issues relating to anything from gender to capitalism and so many different things. In US (a.), I’m talking about the social situation in America. Although in the two scripts that are in there—one is kind of about Atlantis and the other one is kind of about Miles Davis in Paris—but the overall theme and what I am getting to is about our relationship to America. And I’m playing with the idea of how we connect that relationship to our dreams—only because I don’t know of many other countries where the dream is so much a part of the narrative of what the country is. People come to America to fulfill their dreams. We talk about “the American Dream.” In US (a.), I’m really playing with dreams and memories in relation to America." Saul Williams