Shabazz Palaces - "#CAKE" video

Seattle art-rap darlings Shabazz Palaces just released Lese Majesty, their blunted and fractitious new album. It’s only right that “#CAKE,” the album’s single, sounds like it’s exploding and gluing itself back together at the same time. The track’s new video, from the consistently great director Hiro Murai, is similarly disorienting. It’s a dark and surreal fever-dream vision of giant bodies, of people on the run, and of bodies falling through space. Thanks to some nudity, it’s a bit NSFW. But the video is so hypnotic and absorbing that you might want to risk it rather than waiting until you get home to watch it. The video is below.

Lese Majesty is out now on Sub Pop.

Comments (3)
  1. Well, that was really cool. I also love the look of abandoned industrial spaces (shout out to David Lynch) so this is right up my alley.

    • Also you’re sooo right about Hiro Murai being a consistantly great director. I hadn’t heard of him before, so I checked out the link you posted, and he did the videos for Earl Sweatshirt’s “Hive” and “Chum”, which are some of my favorite music videos ever. He has a really unique and nightmarish aesthetic that carries through all his stuff.

    • Yeah, there’s something about the imagery around the 0:31 second mark that seems especially powerful to me…can’t quite put my finger on it…maybe it’s the juxtaposition of rundown warehouse + spiritual icon?

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