Slam poetry has garnered a weird reputation over the years. Though they're often not given the respect they deserve, some slam poets are incredibly talented and able to convey important, socially conscious messages to a pretty large audience. Saul Williams is one of the masters of slam poetry, and has helped shape everything that's good about the genre. He's always retained a remarkable sense of integrity and has an eclectic roster of past collaborators including Trent Reznor, Blackalicious, and Zack de la Rocha.
Today, we're premiering Williams's new video, "Burundi," directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza and graphics by Antonio Ribeiro. In it, Williams speaks with the voice of a computer hacker navigating the chaos of our contemporary political climate. It's intense as shit and also pretty catchy.