As the current state of commercial urban radio remains dominated by Lex Luger production and the boisterous gnarl of thugged-out rappers, collective hip-hop heads everywhere are shaking theirs. Longing for an electric awakening, those in search of the unpredictable have found a savior in the esoteric wonder Shabazz Palaces. Having garnered the attention of Sub Pop, SP offers radical lyricism and ancient instrumentation on 2011's Black Up. Echoing with downbeat jazz, funk, hip-hop and dubstep, the duo's sound transcends rudimentary rap through its cosmic embrace of forward thought and inventive production.
For the Heads: Shabazz Palaces features talented lyricist Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler, formerly of Digable Planets.