ALBUM STREAM: Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

by Winston "Stone" Ford

ALBUM STREAM: Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (via NPR)

When we first profiled the West Coast’s Shabazz Palaces some people didn’t immediately connect the dots to group member Ishmael Butler’s Digable Planets past. And that’s a good thing. It allowed us to measure the group without the baggage of so-called “golden era hip-hop.” His latest project sounds nothing like the former. Actually, its some of the more groundbreaking music I’ve heard in a minute. Spiraling beats and off-kilter production are hallmarks of the album. It may not be your cup of tea, but at least it deserves a spot at the table of increasingly dull and bland hip-hop.

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Shabazz Palaces – Blast It

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