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Shabazz Palaces

The first hip-hop crew signed to the Sub Pop label, Shabazz Palaces is the brainchild of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, although the Digable Planets member wasn’t so quick to admit it. In 2009, Shabazz Palaces released two EPs -- one self-titled, the other titled Of Light -- but Butler's name didn't appear on either. No promo shots, no social networking sites, no interviews, and no press releases were issued by the enigmatic, Seattle-based project, but that didn't stop the local press from throwing praise at these EPs, which hit much harder than Digable while retaining that forward-thinking wordplay. The EPs became favorites at the Sub Pop offices, too, and in 2010, the usually indie rock label signed the project, releasing their debut album, Black Up, in 2011. Next, it transpired that Tendai Maraire -- son of the famous mbira player Dumisani Maraire -- was responsible for most of the instrumentation on that record and that Shabazz Palaces was, in effect, a duo.

Both Butler and Maraire were relatively quiet in the ensuing years, but found time to make a guest appearance on AwE NaturalE, the 2012 debut by fellow Seattle alternative hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. The pair also teamed up with Hussein Kalonji to create the March 2014 album riZe vadZimu riZe under the Chimurenga Renaissance moniker, before they returned that same year with a second Shabazz Palaces studio album, Lese Majesty. ~ David Jeffries & James Wilkinson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lese Majesty

1. Dawn In Luxor

2. Forerunner Foray

3. They Come In Gold

4. Solemn Swears

5. Harem Aria

6. Noetic Noiromantics

7. The Ballad Of Lt. Maj. Winnings

8. Soundview

9. Ishmael

10. ...Down 155th In The MCM Snorkel

11. Divine Of Form

12. #CAKE

13. Colluding Oligarchs

14. Suspicion Of A Shape

15. MindGlitch Keytar TM Theme

16. Motion Sickness

17. New Black Wave

18. Sonic MythMap For The Trip Back

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Track List: They Come In Gold (Single)

1. They Come In Gold

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Track List: Black Up

1. Free Press And Curl

2. An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum

3. Are You... Can You... Were You? (Felt)

4. A Treatease Dedicated To The Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)

5. Youlogy

6. Endeavors For Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.)

7. Recollections Of The Wraith

8. The King's New Clothes Were Made By His Own Hands

9. Yeah You

10. Swerve... The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)

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Track List: Live At Sasquatch 2010

1. Waking Sasquatch (Live)

2. 32 Leaves Dipped In Blackness (Live)

3. Gunbeat Falls (Live)

4. 4 Shadows (Live)

5. Kill White T A Parable (Live)

6. Hottabatch (Live)

7. Find Out (Live)

8. 100 Sph (Live)

9. W'Shappenin' (Live)

10. Chuch (Live)

11. Blastit (Live)

12. A Mess (Live)

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Track List: Of Light

1. Gunbeat Falls

2. 100 Sph

3. Hottabatch

4. Chuch

6. Sparkles

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Track List: Shabazz Palaces

1. Kill White T

2. 32 Leaves

3. My Mac Yawns

4. A Mess

5. 4 Shadows

6. Blastit

7. Capital 5

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kiayates1234
I love me some Ish!!!!! What's a girl to do!
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jrgillis63
Hey shabazz you could come burn a cd here at flip side if you wanted we would be honored
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Now brothas twist they blowout
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Cant wait to see them up at Doe Bay!
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I have both off his albums listed above. His son also goes to my school which is also awesome.
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florent.dime g l i o
Black up is mind-blowing , these guys have talent, flow and audacity...
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Shabazz Palaces is the ISHT!! One of the most powerful groups to come out of the exploding hip hop scene in Seattle. Pandora seems to lump them in with more main stream gangsta rap artists while Shabazz, with definate gangsta core style, are so much more. Original, intelligent and bad-a** are just a few words to describe SP and I cant wait to see them again at this years CHBP and Bumbershoot.

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