It’s been nearly three years since Seattle art-rap greats Shabazz Palaces released Lese Majesty, their last album. This summer, they’ll return with a new LP called Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. The new album appears to be a sort of Brother From Another Planet concept album, a musical story about an alien named Quazarz who visits America and sees nothing but cruelty and injustice. Here’s how a press release puts it:
Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazars, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
Quazarz is, of course, the new alter-ego if Shabazz frontman Palaceer, and here’s how he describes his new persona:
I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper — he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented — who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor — raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.
Shabazz Palaces have shared first single “Shine A Light,” a lovely and dazed float of a song built from a Madlib-esque string loop. Seattle rapper Thaddillac guests. Check it out, alongside the album’s tracklist, below:
01 “Since C.A.Y.A.”
02 “When Cats Claw”
03 “Shine A Light” (Feat. Thaddillac)
05 “Dèesse Du Sang”
06 “Eel Dreams” (Feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
07 “Parallax” (Feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
08 “Fine Ass Hairdresser”
09 “The Neurochem Mixalogue”
10 “That’s How City Life Goes”
11 Moon Whip Quäz” (Feat. Darrius)
12 “Federalist Papers”
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is out 7/14 on Sub Pop; pre-order it here.