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1.
not a merely rapper, but a true verbal artist. Often using complex lyrical rhythms and syncopations. Critical of fiddy and much of modern hip hop. Also has written poetry books.

a lyrical example from 'Talk to Strangers' from his self titled album

Talk to strangers
when the family fails and friends led you astray
and Buddah laughs and Jesus weeps and turns out God is gay.
As angels in disguise love can come in many forms,
the hallways of your projects or the fat girl in your dorm,
and when you finally take the time to see what they’re about
perhaps you find they’re lonely or their wisdom trips you out.
man, that saul williams is fucking amazing on the mic.
by da poet July 26, 2006