Amethyst Rock Star

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Amethyst Rock Star
Saul Williams-Amethyst Rock Star.jpg
Studio album by Saul Williams
Released May 8, 2001
Genre Experimental hip hop, alternative hip hop, industrial hip hop
Length 58:26
Label American Recordings/IDJMG/Universal Records
Producer Rick Rubin, Musa Bailey, Krust, Saul Williams (co-producer)
Saul Williams chronology
Amethyst Rock Star
(2001)
Not in My Name (EP)
(2003)

Amethyst Rock Star is the debut studio album by Saul Williams, released on May 8, 2001.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Saul Williams except where noted.

  1. "Lalala" – 2:40
  2. "Penny for a Thought" – 4:34 (Williams, Musa Bailey)
  3. "Robeson" – 4:21 (contains a sample of "Eraser" by Nine Inch Nails)
  4. "Tao of Now" (featuring Esthero) – 4:19 (Williams, Musa Bailey)
  5. "Fearless" – 3:12 (Williams, Thom Bahler)
  6. "Untimely Meditations" – 3:55 (Williams, Jerome Jordan, Maximina Juson)
  7. "Om Nia Merican" – 3:06 (contains a sample of "Born of a Broken Man" by Rage Against The Machine)
  8. "1987" – 5:21
  9. "Coded Language" – 8:48 (Williams, Krust)
  10. "Our Father" – 7:06
  11. "Wine / Do You Know (Hidden Track)" – 11:04
  12. "Brown Bags (Japanese Bonus Track)" – 3:16

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[4]

The album received mixed reviews.


Personnel[edit]

Adapted from Discogs.

  • Saul Williams – vocals, arrangements, co–producer
  • Rick Rubin – production
  • Krust – additional production (9)
  • Masu Bailey – DJ, additional programming, additional production (2)
  • Esthero - vocals (4)
  • Maximina Juson – bass
  • Nioka Workman – cello
  • Chris Eddleton – drums
  • Jerome Jordan – guitar, backing vocals
  • Kwame Brandt-Pierce – keyboards
  • Maryam Nalo Blacksher – viola
  • Russell Elevado – mixing, recording
  • Greg Gordon – recording
  • Lindsay Chase – album production coordinator

Artwork[edit]

  • Mei Lei – journals
  • Dorothy E. Wilcox – Penpal
  • Marcia Jones – visual art
  • Michael Crivello – visual art
  • Brandy Flower – graphic design
  • Michele Miller – photography

References[edit]