In the blogosphere, beyond all the buzz and hype, there exists a niche of artists that receive plenty of attention and yet are actually truly talented and innovative. Seattle-based avant-rap group Shabazz Palaces is one of those groups.
Led by Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, one-third of hip-hop act Digable Planets, the mysterious act creates a decidedly artsy and intense form of rap that is more poetic and emotional than any other unit out there today. They also happen to create really long song titles, like An Echo From the Hosts that Profess Infinitum”.
With their debut LP Black Up set to hit stores in June 28th via Sub Pop, the group is offering another sneak peek in the album’s closing track, “Swerve… the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)”. Aside from making us thank God for copy and paste, it’s the same kind of spacey, glitch-y groove of past offerings that readily sets the tone and prepares listeners for the journey inward to come. Stream it for yourself below.
Black Up Tracklist:
01. free press and curl
02. An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
03. Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt)
04.A treatease dedicated to The Avian Airess from North East Nubis (1000 questions, 1 answer)
06. Endeavors for Never (The last time we spoke you said you were not here. I saw you though.)
07. Recollections of the wraith
08. The King’s new clothes were made by his own hands
09. yeah you
10. Swerve… the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)