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    Shabazz Palaces

    Album: Black Up Why you should listen: You want something experimental

    A common criticism of Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is that it's safe. Unlike a lot of new rap that's changing the direction of how hip-hop sounds in 2013, Jay-Z didn't take many risks. On Shabazz PalacesBlack Up, they pushed boundaries, created a sound unlike anything before or since, and managed to pull off an album that felt like a piece of art. And they did it without mentioning Picasso a bunch of times.