10 Songs, 36 Minutes

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Mastered for iTunes
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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5

30 Ratings

30 Ratings

You haven't heard something like this before...

Jalloy

But you're going to love it.
If you think hip hop plays it too safe lately, this is something you'll love.
Ephemeral beats, complicated rhyme structures, awesome production, it's not afraid to throw you for a loop.
Check it out

Awesome

speedymonk

one of the best experimental albums

Something that makes you remember what hip-hop was

slaytojer

There is a classic hip=hop vocabulary, feel, and texture about this record. IT's fun and thoughtful and there aren't many albums like this anymore

About Shabazz Palaces

The first hip-hop crew signed to the Sub Pop label, Shabazz Palaces is the brainchild of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, although the Digable Planets member wasn’t so quick to admit it. In 2009, Shabazz Palaces released two EPs -- one self-titled, the other titled Of Light -- but Butler's name didn't appear on either. No promo shots, no social networking sites, no interviews, and no press releases were issued by the enigmatic, Seattle-based project, but that didn't stop the local press from throwing praise at these EPs, which hit much harder than Digable while retaining that forward-thinking wordplay. The EPs became favorites at the Sub Pop offices, too, and in 2010, the usually indie rock label signed the project, releasing their debut album, Black Up, in 2011. Next, it transpired that Tendai Maraire -- son of the famous mbira player Dumisani Maraire -- was responsible for most of the instrumentation on that record and that Shabazz Palaces was, in effect, a duo.

Both Butler and Maraire were relatively quiet in the ensuing years, but found time to make a guest appearance on AwE NaturalE, the 2012 debut by fellow Seattle alternative hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. The pair also teamed up with Hussein Kalonji to create the March 2014 album riZe vadZimu riZe under the Chimurenga Renaissance moniker, before they returned that same year with a second Shabazz Palaces studio album, Lese Majesty. Three years later, in 2017, they returned with two further albums, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs the Jealous Machines; both albums chronicled the journey of Quazarz, a celestial being trying to navigate the harsh reality of life on Earth. ~ David Jeffries & James Wilkinson

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