by Dave Segal
on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 10:58 AM
Sub Pop has added Shabazz Palaces mastermind Ishmael Butler to its A&R staff. This looks like a savvy move, as Butler possesses one of the sharpest minds in hiphop; it's likely he'll bolster the roster with adventurous artists. Billboard magazine has an interview with Butler that details his role with the powerful Seattle record company. Here's a key exchange from it:
Before your inbox starts blowing up, what sort of artists are you looking to bring to Sub Pop? Imaginative artists, daring artists, courageous artists, independent-thinking artists, artists that aren’t relying on trends or superficial things to get noticed, artists that are more musically inclined rather than image inclined, artists that are hard workers and . . . cool.
What kind of artists are you not interested in at all? Artists that are corny. Self-aggrandizing, self-mythologizing, self-reverential, cornballs. There’s plenty of room for them in the pop world.
In other news, Shabazz Palaces are currently working with Erik Blood on the follow-up album to 2011's Black Up. Blood recently spoke in awed tones when discussing their new material.