02/13/2012 12:27 pm ET | Updated Apr 14, 2012

Saul Williams On Being An Ex-Pat In Paris

In his newest album, Volcanic Sunlight, Saul Williams sings about his heart, city streets and embracing the underbelly while enjoying the light. Shedding what he calls "the political narrative", Volcanic Sunlight is a joyful glimpse into "who I am and what I think…how my friends experience me, how my family experiences me." Since moving to Paris in June of 2011, Williams finished recording Volcanic Sunlight, filmed a movie in Senegal and started understanding the anatomy of good wine. We talked to Williams about how his surroundings help him to create, especially the "rustic and raw" Paris penthouse that he's renting.