Shabazz Palaces

Formed 2009.
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Shabazz Palaces - Interview with Lauren Laverne

Seattle hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces joined Lauren - hear clips from their live music session and their full interview.

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Biography

Shabazz Palaces are a Seattle-based experimental hip-hop collective, led by Ishmael Butler aka 'Palaceer Lazaro' (once 'Butterfly' of jazz-rap group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai 'Baba' Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire.

The group anonymously self-released two EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (referred to as Shabazz Palaces and Of Light) in 2009 before becoming one of the few hip-hop acts to be signed to the Sub Pop label and releasing their debut full-length album, Black Up to wide critical acclaim in 2011. Black Up was listed #1 in Seattle Times music columnist Andrew Matson's "Local Top #10" of 2011.

The collective will release their second album, Lese Majesty, on July 29, 2014.

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  1. Review of Black Up

    Black Up 2011

    Reviewed by Louis Pattison
    Hip hop on Sub Pop? Frankly, it's hard to know why they didn't think of it before.
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