11 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seattle surrealists Shabazz Palaces have proved themselves one of the more radically thoughtful—and thoughtfully radical—hip-hop projects of this century. Following a path charted by Afro-futurists from Funkadelic to Kool Keith, Born on a Gangster Star—a companion to the simultaneously released Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines—is both a rap album and a deconstruction of one, swerving through a jigsaw of soul (“Shine a Light”), synth ambience (“Federalist Papers”), and electro (“Eel Dreams”) with wit, cool, and a heavy dose of dream logic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seattle surrealists Shabazz Palaces have proved themselves one of the more radically thoughtful—and thoughtfully radical—hip-hop projects of this century. Following a path charted by Afro-futurists from Funkadelic to Kool Keith, Born on a Gangster Star—a companion to the simultaneously released Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines—is both a rap album and a deconstruction of one, swerving through a jigsaw of soul (“Shine a Light”), synth ambience (“Federalist Papers”), and electro (“Eel Dreams”) with wit, cool, and a heavy dose of dream logic.

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