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video: Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray + Ishmael (live on KEXP)


premiere: Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray


"Forerunner Foray" is the glowing, interstellar new single from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces: straight from the center of the the Phasing Shift, the Palaceer's distinctive visionary flow and cosmically palatial production bridge past and future, bolstered by the ill Hustler's Convention sample and spectral guest vocals from Cat of SP's Black Constellation comrades THEESatisfaction...

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new Shabazz Palaces – #CAKE


favorites of 2014.5


These are our favorite things from the first half (roughly) of 2014, complete with an incomplete soundcloud playlist:



01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Lese Majesty
02 DOSS - Doss EP
03 LEWIS - L'Amour (reissue)
04 FEAR OF MEN - Loom
06 YUMI ZOUMA - Yumi Zouma EP
07 THE WAR ON DRUGS - Lost in the Dream
08 ANA CAPRIX - For Seven Nights This Island Is Ours
09 SCHOOLBOY Q - Oxymoron
10 JEROME LOL - Deleted / Fool EP
11 ANGEL OLSEN - Burn Your Fire For No Witness
12 MARK BARROTT - Sketches From An Island
13 CEO - Wonderland



01 SHABAZZ PALACES - Forerunner Foray
02 FUTURE - Benz Friendz (feat...

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KENZO x Shabazz Palaces – Dawn in Luxor


New visuals from Paris fashion label KENZO for their SS14 line, starring Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler. The real draw here, though: the spot is soundtracked by the incredible, otherworldly opening track from Lese Majesty, "Dawn In Luxor"...

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new Shabazz Palaces – “They Come In Gold”


Here's the long-awaited first track to be unveiled from Shabazz Palaces' lush, dizzyingly brilliant new full-length, Lese Majesty. Not necessarily the most representative track on the new record, "They Come in Gold" kicks off with the kind of diamond-hard beat and ominous flow that made Black Up the best album of 2011, but the comparison with the last record ends there. When taken out of the context of the new album, only the song's brighter, prismatic second half begins to hint at the impossibly deep, singular astral landscape the group has created on Lese Majesty:

It's tough to remain objective when Shabazz Palaces visionary/Palaceer Ishmael Butler has been my favorite rapper since like '93, but it's pretty thrilling to hear him making some of the most vital sounds we've ever heard in any genre more than 20 years later. After countless hours spent driving around bumping the new record, we'd agree with those that heard it for the first time dodging lasers that Lese Majesty is the future of hip-hop, if we thought that anyone else was capable of doing something this revelatory. Lese Majesty is out July 29 on Sub Pop, but you can cop "They Come In Gold" now on iTunes. UPDATE: pre-order the limited 2xLP "Loser Edition" of the album on purple vinyl here.

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premiere: Chimurenga Renaissance – riZe vadZimu riZe visual album stream


Black Up remains one of our favorite albums of the last decade, so it goes without saying that we're pretty psyched about this: riZe vadZimu riZe, the triumphant debut LP from Shabazz Palaces member Tendai Maraire, aka Chimurenga Renaissance, is out today on Brick Lane Records, and this is the beautiful complementary visual accompaniment for the album, filmed in Zimbabwe...

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download some unreleased “ideas + drafts + loops” from Flying Lotus


im feelin all emo about this..

— FLYLO (@flyinglotus) December 10, 2013

@flyinglotus you're crashing mediafire 4 me you butt!!

— ryan (@ryanhemsworth) December 10, 2013

Flying Lotus just dropped a folder of unreleased "ideas+drafts+loops" on his twitter, featuring collabs with Shabazz Palaces, Earl, and more. Download it fo...

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