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Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Welcome to the other side. Shabazz Palaces is the most bizarre group in rap. The cryptic Seattle duo is comprised of Ishmael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro (the former frontman “Butterfly” of Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire. Experimental doesn't begin to describe their otherworldly, abstract, Afrofuturistic music. It's an exploration to an entirely different plane of existence, a woozy head-trip of disorienting beats, discordant sounds, and free-jazz raps. Sharply informed by the contemporary black experience, Shabazz Palaces creates entire cosmic worlds with sequencers, samples, and drum machines. Signed to Seattle's Sub Pop label (of Nirvana and Soundgarden fame), the group released their last two albums simultaneously in July 2017: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and its “extra-spatial, monozygotic twin,” Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. Praised on NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, the double release defies convention in favor of visceral celestial visions. Crack open your mind for the mutant music and feel your feet lift off of the ground.

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