Published Apr 21, 2015After a turn starring in the 2Pac musical, hip-hop poet Saul Williams is back to work as a solo artist. This summer, he'll return with MartyrLoserKing, a new album entirely produced by Justin Warfield. Before he releases the full thing, he's shared the album's "Burundi," which features additional vocals from Warpaint's Emily Kokal.
Williams shared the following statement about the track:
Burundi is one of the 1st songs I recorded for MartyrLoserKing. I initially recorded it in Paris after returning from a month of travel thru Senegal, Swaziland & South Africa. I focused on [the country] Burundi as I was studying the coltan trade & black market networks. Also because of the role of the drum/tambour in Burundi & how those drums became the backbeat for new wave... Adam Ant etc. I'm a huge Warpaint fan. Justin [Warfield] mentioned that he knew Em when I was playing him my demoes and I asked him to invite her to the studio. From there, she just sang along.
Listen to "Burundi" below. MartyrLoserKing will arrive in July via FADER Label.