when we heard that saul williams would be opening for nine inch nails last leg of the tour, we thought it was a totally strange choice. even after i was corrected in my belief that he was a hassidic jewish rapper who did reggae. and in retrospect…it was a really strange choice. spoken word/hip hop at a mainstream industrial metal concert?? but saul is really excellent at what he does. listening to his album makes me all happy. his spoken word tracks give me chills. so now, some excerpts from his album.
‘Cause we represent a truth, son, the changes by the hour. And, when you open to it, vulnerability is power.
But that square box don’t represent the sphere that we live in. The earth is not a flat screen. I ain’t trying to fit in. But this ain’t for the underground. This, here, is for the sun. A seed a stranger gave to me and planted on my tongue. And, when I look at you, I know I’m not the only one. As a great man once said, “There’s nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”
“You have the right to remain silent.” You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to remain silent. And maybe you should have before your bullshit manifested.
So where my aliens at? Girl, we’re all illegal. This system ain’t for us. It’s for rich people. And you ain’t rich, dawg, you just got money. But you can’t buy shit to not get hungry.
Please inform all interested parties that cash nor murder have been added to the list of elements. (stop). We are discontinuing our current line of braggadocio, in light of the current trend in “realness”. (stop).
I didn’t vote for this state of affairs. My emotional state’s got me prostrate, fearing my fears. In all reality I’m under prepared. ‘Cause I’m ready for war but not sure if I’m ready to care.
So here’s the plan. The ides of march are always at hand. And when the power hungry strike, they strike the poorest of man. And if you dare put up a fight, they’ll come and fight for your land. And they’ll call it liberation or salvation. A call to the youth! Your freedom ain’t so free, it’s just loose. but the power of your voice could redirect every truth. Shift and shape the world you want and keep your fears in a noose. Let them dangle from a banner star spangled. I’m willing and able. To lift my dreams up out of their cradle. Nurse and nurture my ideals ’til they’re much more than a fable. I can be all I can be and do much more than I’m paid to. And I won’t be a slave to what authorities say do. My desire is to live within a nation on fire, where creative passions burn and raise the stakes ever higher. Where no person is addicted top some twisted supplier who promotes the sort of freedom sold to the highest buyer. We demand a truth naturally at one with the land, not a plant that photosynthesizes bombs on demand, or a search for any weapons we let fall from our hands. I got beats and a plan. I’m gonna do what I can. And what you do is question everything they say do, every goal ideal or value they keep pushing on you. If they ask you to believe it question whether it’s true. If they ask you to achieve, is it for them or for you. You’re the one they’re asking to go carry a gun. Warfare ain’t humanitarian. You’re scaring me, son. Why not fight to feed the homeless, jobless, fight inflation?! Why not fight for our own healthcare and our education?! And instead, invest in that erasable lead, ’cause their twisted propaganda can’t erase all the dead. And the pile of corpses pyramid on top of our heads. Or nevermind, said the shotgun to the head.
and it appears my entries may not be showing up on your friends pages…i was having this problem with adr2’s entries – i thought she hadn’t posted since before cinci, but it turns out she was, they just weren’t showing up on my fpage. now vanessa said that neither one of ours is showing up on her page, tho when i go to everyone else’s fpages i’m there…don’t know what the problem is, and the related posts on the support page mention backdating etc and i’ve never backdated anything…so i don’t get it.
the person that ruined my day because i was going to go out shooting with sean and the canadians (i forget all their names haha), but had to stay home to wait for said person to come get the chicken machine decided they didn’t want it anymore. but good news, someone offered me 100$ for it!!!! so hopefully that one pans out and i get to make more than 15$ out of this.