Williams, Franti affect direction of hip-hop

Wednesday, July 18, 2001 at 1:00am

Until the movie Slam excited and electrified audiences at both the Cannes and Sundance film festivals in 1998, only poets and spoken word artists knew about Saul Williams. His portrayal of an imprisoned marijuana pusher who uses confinement to retool his skills as a poet helped alert unaware individuals that the spoken-word movement was emerging beyond coffee houses and cafes. Unfortunately, Williams

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