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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… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 3, 2015

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 9, 2015

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

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

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… More »

By: James Rettig / December 5, 2014

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'… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 1, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 24, 2014

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,"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 23, 2014

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… More »

By: James Rettig / October 18, 2014

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 29, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 22, 2014

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 amorphou… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2014

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 23, 2014

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

Preview Shabazz Palaces’ “Dawn In Luxor” In A Kenzo Video Starring Ishmael Butler

Shabazz Palaces released "They Come In Gold," the first single from their laser-light-show-debuted new album Lese Majesty last week. Today they previewed a second song, opening track "Dawn In Luxor," in a new video for the Paris fashion label Kenzo. Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler stars in the clip, which was written and directed… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 12, 2014

Shabazz Palaces – “They Come In Gold”

We've been wondering for a while when Seattle art-rap enigmas Shabazz Palaces would follow up their head-spinning 2011 album Black Up, and as it turns out, they already have that follow-up loaded up and ready to go. The group's new album is called Lese Majesty, and they debuted it with a surprise laser-light-show listeningMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2014

Shabazz Palaces Debuted New Album Lese Majesty At A Laser Light Show In Seattle

Recent discussions about Seattle's Shabazz Palaces -- the experimental hip-hop duo consisting of Palaceer Lazaro and Baba Maraire -- have revolved around the unknown release date of their forthcoming album and the emergence of their side project Chimurenga Renaissance with Hussein Kalonji. No more need to speculate about that next Shabazz album, though. LeseMore »

By: Taylor Law / May 5, 2014

Chimurenga Renaissance – “The B.A.D. Is Good”

Three years after releasing their art-rap opus Black Up, Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces are no closer to announcing a follow-up album. But the two members of Shabazz Palaces -- rapper Palaceer Lazaro, better known as Digable Planets member Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, and multi-instrumentalist Baba Maraire -- have joined up with Hussein Kalonji to form a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2014
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