Posts Tagged ‘Shabazz Palaces’

The Best Music Videos of the Month (October 2014)

Warning: the best videos that came out this past month are intense and may trigger strong emotional responses. Whether showing FKA Twigs witnessing an execution in "Video Girl," the rope bondage in Son Lux's "Easy," the... Read more »

The 20 Best New Albums Streaming on Spotify Right Now

20 years ago, a music junkie couldn't even comprehend what Spotify offers. We complain about the modern day struggles that come with streaming services and unlimited access to music, but at the end of the day,... Read more »

Video: Shabazz Palaces – “Motion Sickness”

Shabazz Palaces’ second album, Lese Majesty, came out earlier this year—a wonderful record full of engrossing, oddball hip-hop—and today they drop another brilliant video. Previously, Hiro Murai directed the impressive video for “#CAKE,” and for “Motion Sickness” they enlist TEAN who deliver... Read more »

A Conversation With Ishmael Butler

Ishmael Butler has seen it all. The 45-year-old Seattle native—a one-time member of Digable Planets, currently one-half of Shabazz Palaces and A&R at Sub Pop—has achieved success in music through three decades, a rare feat in... Read more »

The Best Music Videos of the Month (August 2014)

The MTV Video Music Awards took place in August, and more and more each year the awards show gives recognition to artists who aren't making interesting videos in the first place. A few quality visuals slip... Read more »

Video: Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”

“#CAKE” may be one of the most immediately accessible tracks on Shabazz Palaces’ sprawling, ambitious new album Lese Majesty, but that hasn’t stopped it from getting an eerie and menacing visual. The video was directed by Hiro Murai,... Read more »

Meet Porter Ray, Sub Pop’s Exciting New Hip-Hop Signee

Sub Pop Records may be best known for introducing the world to Nirvana and playing an instrumental role in the grunge scene of the ’90s, but lately they’ve been riding another wave. With Shabazz Palaces and... Read more »

20 Producers Who Are Expanding The Sound of Hip-Hop

Rap as a genre is in a perpetual state of forward motion. Just as there will always be people yearning for the good old days, there will always be new generations of creators with no regard... Read more »

Shabazz Palaces – “Forerunner Foray”

Between “Dawn in Luxor” in this Kenzo commercial, “They Come in Gold,” and now “Forerunner Foray,” Shabazz Palaces have shared the first three tracks from their excellent upcoming album Lese Majesty, out July 29 via Sub Pop. If... Read more »

Brooklyn’s Afropunk Fest to be Headlined by D’Angelo, SZA, Trash Talk, Shabazz Palaces, and More

Returning to Brooklyn for the tenth time, Afropunk Fest—the popular NYC summer music festival—is set to make a triumphant return August 23-25. Releasing the line-up earlier today, it’s clear to see the bookers over at Afropunk... Read more »

Shabazz Palaces – “#CAKE”

Shabazz Palaces have shared “#CAKE,” the latest preview of their upcoming album, Lese Majesty. The psychedelic track isn’t quite as immediate as the previous singles from the album, but it nonetheless showcases their unique approach to avant-rap. The... Read more »

Soundcloud Surfing: Experimental Hip-Hop in 2014

Earlier this week we published a list of 20 alternative hip-hop artists who are making things interesting. It was not meant to be an exhaustive list, more a way to highlight a variety of artists who... Read more »

20 Alternative Hip-Hop Artists Who Are Making Things Interesting

If you used the term "experimental hip-hop" in past decades, you were speaking of something completely different than what we've got in 2014. In a post-Yeezus world, alternative sounds in hip-hop are becoming the norm, and... Read more »

Music You Should Know From the Pacific Northwest

Depending on who you ask, the Pacific Northwest encompasses Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and sometimes British Columbia. For this piece we went with the narrower definition that just includes Washington and Oregon, two states that have produced... Read more »

Hear the Opening Track From Shabazz Palaces’ New Album in This Beautiful Kenzo Fashion Video

Shabazz Palaces dense, difficult, but brilliant debut album Black Up came out in 2011, so we were happy to heaar a firm release date and title for their sophomore effort. Lese Majesty will  be released on July 29, and after official... Read more »