Shabazz Palaces- Black Up

On Black Up, Shabazz Palaces take hip hop deep into the left field with odd beats and surreal effects. It’s definitely an indulgent LP that requires a little bit of effort from the listener, but repeating these songs until they completely unfold is worth the wait. Part of me is sure this album is going [...]

On Black Up, Shabazz Palaces take hip hop deep into the left field with odd beats and surreal effects. It’s definitely an indulgent LP that requires a little bit of effort from the listener, but repeating these songs until they completely unfold is worth the wait.

Part of me is sure this album is going to warrant a lot of comments like, ” I don’t usually listen to hip hop, but this is great!” But that shouldn’t discourage people who listen to the genre more regularly to check it out. Though this album sounds like it came outta nowhere, the artists on it haven’t. Lazaro’s experience goes way back to the 90s hip hop outfit Digable Planets, but exactly which planet he’s on with this album is a hard question to answer.

if you’re a fan of the mutant expressions from artists such as Gonjasufi, Zeroh, Quasimoto, or Madvillain, check it out. Defintiely something the Stones Throw or Brainfeeder heads will love.

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  • admin

    yes, geoff. all of my scores mirror pitchfork’s. didn’t you know that? i mean, it’s what i do.

  • http://www.adamoscott.com ADAM

    Couldn’t agree more. Everything Butler does turns to gold. This album makes me feel real emotion and that’s a rare thing for me. I love the subtleties of the beats and production. I love his point of view and gray beard.

    Have you heard the Cherry Wine album? did you like it? did you hate it? and why?

  • Banger

    I’m enjoying this record to an extent, but I definitely need a few more listens. I will say, however, that “Recollections of the Wraith” is my favorite track on this album. Thanks for the review, dude.

  • Arthur

    Finally reviewed it after asking for a month, lol. Glad you liked it as much as I did. Been looking forward to this ever since I first heard 32 leaves in early ’10. This has to be my Hip-Hop AOTY so far.