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Shabazz Palaces

August 7th, 2014

Formed:
Seattle, WA

Genre:
Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active:
'00s, '10s




Shabazz Palaces

Biography

The first hip-hop crew signed to the Sub Pop label, Shabazz Palaces is the brainchild of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, although the Digable Planets member wasn’t so quick to admit it. In 2009, Shabazz Palaces released two EPs — one self-titled, the other titled Of Light — but Butler's name didn't appear on either. No promo shots, no social networking sites, no interviews, and no press releases were issued by the enigmatic, Seattle-based project, but that didn't stop the local press from throwing praise at these EPs, which hit much harder than Digable while retaining that forward-thinking wordplay. The EPs became favorites at the Sub Pop offices, too, and in 2010, the usually indie rock label signed the project, releasing their debut album, Black Up, in 2011. Next, it transpired that Tendai Maraire — son of the famous mbira player Dumisani Maraire — was responsible for most of the instrumentation on that record and that Shabazz Palaces was, in effect, a duo.

Top Albums


1. Lese Majesty

2. Shabazz Pala..

3. Black Up

4. Of Light

5. Live At Sasq..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.
Forerunner Foray Lese Majesty 3:48 $0.99
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Motion Sickness Lese Majesty 3:49 $0.99
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#CAKE Lese Majesty 4:02 $0.99
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They Come in Gold Lese Majesty 3:22 $0.99
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Dawn in Luxor Lese Majesty 3:56 $0.99
6.
Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is.. Black Up 5:09 $0.99
7.
Echo from the Hosts That Profess Inf.. Black Up 3:14 $0.99
8.
Sonic MythMap for the Trip Back Lese Majesty 2:08 $0.99
9.
New Black Wave Lese Majesty 3:43 $0.99
10.
MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme Lese Majesty 1:22 $0.99
11.
Suspicion of a Shape Lese Majesty 1:41 $0.99
12.
Colluding Oligarchs Lese Majesty 2:09 $0.99
13.
Divine of Form Lese Majesty 0:39 $0.99
14.
…down 155th in the MCM Snorkel Lese Majesty 2:12 $0.99
15.
Ishmael Lese Majesty 4:35 $0.99
16.
Soundview Lese Majesty 0:40 $0.99
17.
Ballad of Lt. Maj. Winnings Lese Majesty 1:42 $0.99
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Noetic Noiromantics Lese Majesty 1:35 $0.99
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Harem Aria Lese Majesty 1:58 $0.99
20.
Solemn Swears Lese Majesty 1:32 $0.99
21.
Yeah You Black Up 3:20 $0.99
22.
King's New Clothes Were Made By .. Black Up 2:06 $0.99
23.
Recollections of the Wraith Black Up 3:35 $0.99
24.
Endeavors for Never (The Last Time W.. Black Up 2:51 $0.99
25.
Youlogy Black Up 3:58 $0.99

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