Saul Williams: ‘The bullshit lyricists have the catchiest hooks ’


Your latest album, MartyrLoserKing, tells the story of a Burundian hacker who sparks a revolution via the internet. Where did the idea come from?

Around 2012 I was spending time in places like Senegal, South Africa and Reunion island, collecting sounds and stories. All sorts of things were going on around the world – the Occupy movement, global uprisings, whistle-blowing conflicts – and I wanted to write a modern-day parable. I thought making the protagonist a hacker was the smartest thing to do.


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