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THEESatisfaction – “EarthEE” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, & Erik Blood) Video

THEESatisfaction, Shabazz Palaces, and Porter Ray are all unique stars in the Seattle-based collective Black Constellation, a group of musicians and artists who are responsible for some of the most enlightening, genre-bending sounds of the past few years. THEESatisfaction’s style in particular lends itself to a variety of descriptors — avant-rap and astral jazz being… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 20, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Artist Portraits From Bonnaroo 2015

If you didn’t make it down to Bonnaroo, chances are you checked out the livestream that we hosted here on the site, or at least heard about a few special occurrences. Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper joined Earth Wind & Fire onstage, Kacey Musgraves debuted a new single, and Jon Hamm showed up toMore »

By: Stereogum / June 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Adult Swim Announces 2015 Singles Series With Danny Brown, Chromatics, Run The Jewels, FlyLo, Sia x SOPHIE, & More

Adult Swim’s annual singles series is back for the sixth time starting next week, and as usual the Cartoon Network offshoot has rounded up an enviable collection of acts to participate. Among the presumed highlights on this year’s schedule are a Danny Brown/Clams Casino collab, SOPHIE remixing Sia, and new tracks from Slayer, Run The… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 5, 2015 - 12:01 pm

Tal National – “Farila (Chimurenga Renaissance Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tal National released their first album outside Niger, Kaani, in 2013. Since then, the West African collective has toured throughout both their home country and internationally, establishing themselves as a pillar of polyrhythmic blues and ecstatic funk. It’s impossible to divorce Tal National’s incredibly joyous sound from their Saharan nation — Niger is a former… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 29, 2015 - 9:58 am

THEESatisfaction – “EarthEE” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray, & Erik Blood)

It wouldn’t surprise anyone to learn that bleeding edge rap duo THEESatisfaction hail from Seattle. They share a similar cosmic aesthetic with labelmates and occasional collaborators Shabazz Palaces, and are fellow members of the avant-garde collective Black Constellation. “EarthEE” is the title track off THEESatisfaction’s forthcoming record, and it features cameos from Porter Ray and… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 3, 2015 - 11:16 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Forerunner Foray” Video

Seattle art-rappers Shabazz Palaces only ever make great videos, and their new clip for the Lese Majesty track “Forerunner Foray” is a fine entry into a growing body of work. The singer-songwriter and animator Chad VanGaalen put together the video, which uses the racial and astral themes of Shabazz Palaces’ music and turns them into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015 - 10:55 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Ham Sandwich”

Shabazz Palaces has shared a new track called “Ham Sandwich” to round out the end of the year in style. Featuring the duo’s characteristic vaporous production and pointed lyricism, it serves as a good reminder to revisit this year’s great Lese Majesty. The Soundcloud tags namecheck novelist Frank Yerby, and the artwork is appropriately disgusting… More »

By: James Rettig / December 31, 2014 - 1:47 pm

The 40 Best Rap Albums Of 2014

In 2014, rap’s biggest names more or less sat the year out. Kanye West never got around to releasing that populist masterwork he’s been promising. Drake threw a bunch of great songs up on Soundcloud rather than compiling those songs into an LP. Jay Z went on tour with his wife but gave us no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 16, 2014 - 11:10 am

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE (Animal Collective Premature Deflirt Mix)”

Listening to Shabazz Palaces’ “#CAKE” is already a weird enough experience, so leave it to perennial freaks Animal Collective to make it even weirder. Their remix of the Lese Majesty song devolves what was already a pretty deconstructed track into a fractured prism, incorporating their own voices, field recordings, and elements of the original song… More »

By: James Rettig / December 5, 2014 - 10:53 am

THEESatisfaction – “Recognition” (Feat. Shabazz Palaces & Erik Blood)

Seattle art-rap duo THEESatisfaction are nearly three years from releasing their debut album awE NaturalE, though they’ve given us the odd EP or mixtape since then. But the official follow-up is now ready to go. The duo co-produced the sophomore LP EarthEE with Seattle multi-instrumentalist Erik Blood, another name in the city’s way out black-bohemia… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014 - 11:51 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I have been awake since Run The Jewels dropped RTJ2 around 3 this morning, and I am barely keeping my brain from turning into pink fuzz, so I will forgo my usual state-of-the-music video paragraph here and tell you that you don’t need to watch any of these videos. They’re good, but you have no… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014 - 5:04 pm

Adult Jazz – “Springful (Shabazz Palaces Remix)”

Adult Jazz, from Leeds, and Shabazz Palaces, from Seattle, work in different genres, but their respective approaches are similar. Adult Jazz turn Talk Talk-style art-pop into whirling rhythmic playfulness, and Shabazz Palaces do the same thing with underground rap. They’re a natural pairing. And now Shabazz Palaces have taken on Adult Jazz’s single “Springful,” warping… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2014 - 10:04 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Motion Sickness” Video

For their new music video for “Motion Sickness,” Shabazz Palaces opt for intimacy instead of trying to top the ambitious, sprawling visuals for their recent single, “#CAKE.” It paints a complex, troubling, and sometimes touching portrait of a drug dealer who is struggling with addiction and has a kid to support. A smart and subtle… More »

By: James Rettig / October 18, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Photos: Project Pabst 2014

It’s just about the end of festival season, but Portland gave us one more this past weekend: Project Pabst, the Milwaukee beer company’s music festival. The festival brought together Modest Mouse, Built To Spill, GZA, Speedy Ortiz, and more. It also included some local heroes such as Shabazz Palaces and Red Fang. We sent photographer… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 29, 2014 - 2:14 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

At Sunday night’s VMAs, MTV awarded its Video Of The Year trophy to Miley Cyrus’ butt-naked tearsploitation Terry Richardson vision “Wrecking Ball,” and Miley brought a homeless model (?) to the stage to accept the award. Immediately afterward, Beyoncé, whose “Drunk In Love” video was nominated and lost, came to the stage to give a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014 - 11:04 am

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE” Video (NSFW)

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014 - 10:49 am

Stream Shabazz Palaces Lese Majesty

Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, put out the excellent debut album Black Up in 2011, and have been releasing singles lately from their new album, Lese Majesty. If songs like “They Come In Gold,” “#CAKE,” and “Forerunner Foray” seemed even harder to grasp than their already amorphous predecessors, that’s because… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014 - 10:42 am

Shabazz Palaces – “Forerunner Foray”

Later this month, the Seattle art-rap crew Shabazz Palaces will finally give us the twitchy, abstract new album Lese Majesty, their long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s endlessly rich Black Up. We’ve already posted their early tracks “They Come In Gold” and “#CAKE.” “Forerunner Foray,” the latest thing they’ve shared is full of negative space and disorienting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2014 - 11:04 am

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”

Next month, Seattle art-rap duo Shabazz Palaces return with Lese Majesty, the long-awaited follow-up to their 2011 album Black Up. We’ve already heard first single “They Come In Gold,” and now they’ve shared another one, the presumably poignantly titled “#CAKE.” It’s a messy sprawl of a track, a glitchy and propulsive throwdown that occasionally lapse… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014 - 10:18 am

TV Party: Shabazz Palaces Talk Game Of Thrones

Game Of Thrones. What is it? A board game? A reality show? You never hear anyone talking about it, and you for sure never see multiple people in the same subway car reading the books. Has anyone ever tweeted about an episode, even once? Hard to say! This HBO show has so far flown completely… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / May 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm
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