Expectations can pollute an experience, but you'd assume a Saul Williams show would incorporate spoken word, hip-hop, and theater, the trifecta the New York rapper is known for. In this regard, Williams did not disappoint when he performed at Club Red on a Tuesday night in Mesa. In other areas, well, let's just say there was something to be desired.
The first performer of the night, Haleek Maul, brought an upbeat message with plenty of chilling Old Testament references that made me wonder if this kid had a good experience growing up in church. Something tells me not. But I could totally get down with his vibes. Money is the worst invention, Maul preached, and you don't need no validation. I've got to give the kid props when the stage blew a fuse, cutting everything, and he kept rapping anyway. That shows dedication. When the power came back, he drew far better responses from the crowd as well.