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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Peep It on the DL: Shabazz Palaces

Posted by on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Just a quick, early head’s up about an exciting new development in Seattle hiphop: Check out Shabazz Palaces’ two CDs, available here and at Retail Therapy. Local shoegaze-rock mensch Erik Blood produced them; the MC sounds a lot like Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler from Digable Planets, but the project’s shrouded in secrecy… and saturated in awesome. Think a laidback Clipse without the booger-sugar obsession. It’s special. King Britt is a fan. (Also, props to anyone who samples Lightnin’ Rod’s Hustlers Convention.)

More later.



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Wow. Is that the least helpful Web site of all time or what?

Where do we hear some of this stuff? Are you tellin' me these dudes don't have a MySpace or something?
Posted by Grease Wizard on May 14, 2009 at 7:35 PM · Report this
Segal 2
Amazingly, Shabazz Palaces does not have a MySpace. It is an outrage. But, trust me—you want this.
Posted by Segal on May 14, 2009 at 7:47 PM · Report this
Uh, why are you sending us to a site that even Google is scared of?
Posted by Huggy on May 15, 2009 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Their site is a bit too mysterious to be interesting.
Posted by Jug Jug on May 15, 2009 at 8:54 AM · Report this
I just found a site where you can hear one of the tracks:…
Posted by b&r on May 15, 2009 at 12:39 PM · Report this
I just found a site where you can hear one of the tracks:…
Posted by iwu on May 15, 2009 at 12:40 PM · Report this
i just bought both c.d's.
anyone remotely interested in hip-pop should buy them too.
shabazz rules.
Posted by mr burns on May 15, 2009 at 12:41 PM · Report this
er......i meant HIP-HOP!
hip-pop sounds lame!!!
this is not lame.
quite the opposite!
Posted by mr burns on May 15, 2009 at 12:45 PM · Report this
lar 9
ish on his shit
Posted by lar on May 16, 2009 at 1:01 AM · Report this
Erik Blood here. Didn't "produce" these, but had my hands all over them. Hope you all love it like I do.


Posted by Erik Blood on May 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM · Report this
Retail therapy here

There are two limited addition disks available. The vocalist pushes the boundaries of music with these two new beautiful cd's. Both albums require your presence, and are delivered like the perfectly packaged little drug. The music is visceral; the lyrics are raw and poetic. Reminds you of a time when hip-hop had meaning and talked about life and love. It acknowledges past and present all the while moving you into the future with rhythm & sound that is fresh and honest. The more you listen the more you are hooked.

Posted by Wazhma on May 23, 2009 at 3:31 PM · Report this
This album is great i really like it, its creative and original. This is something no one has eva heard before. Thanks Ish u really showed ur artisty on this. Shabazz Palaces is definitly a true renaissance for hiphop.- Y. Bounca
Posted by Young Bounca on May 30, 2009 at 3:48 PM · Report this
After I heard it the first time I was trembling. It didn't seem like music could have this effect on me any more... once again was reminded of how Mr Butler is one of the truly great artists of the age. I don't even know where to begin praising the merits of Shabazz Palaces EPs... the lyrical depth and poise. The man is a razor. The music is of metaphysical proportions. It is vicious, way ahead of the time (as always) and yet capturing the zeitgeist perfectly in this passionately intense yet insipid dark period... This is hip hop but more importantly art. All you fakers pay attention if you have more than 2 seconds' worth. It's sweet but like a gunshot. No bullets just stars. Even a book-length discussion couldn't begin to appreciate the depth and breadth and beauty of this latest example of Ish's divine instincts. Fittingly appropriates Islamic and Sufi imagery on the packaging - this ecstatic offering will freshen your soul. He did it "for his people so you know that yall can have it".
Bro O, London
Posted by O on June 2, 2009 at 12:01 AM · Report this
Really, this guy is one of our best artists. Both records are great. They beggar comparison.
Posted by orpheushead on August 30, 2009 at 8:45 PM · Report this

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