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Shabazz Palaces is an American hip hop duo from Seattle composed of Ishmael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro formerly Butterfly of jazz rap group Digable Planets and multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire, son of mbira master Dumisani Maraire12 They have been active since 2009 and have released two studio albums, Black Up 2011 and Lese Majesty 2014, to critical acclaim


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Collaborations
  • 3 Style and influences
  • 4 Discography
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


The pair anonymously self-released two EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New referred to as Shabazz Palaces and Of Light, respectively in 2009 before becoming one of the few hip-hop acts to be signed to the Sub Pop label and releasing its debut full-length album, Black Up to wide critical acclaim in 20113 Black Up was listed #1 in Seattle Times music columnist Andrew Matson's "Local Top #10" of 20114

The duo released its second album, Lese Majesty, on July 29, 20145 The album was first premiered at Seattle's Pacific Science Center Laser Dome in April 2014

In February 2016, Butler announced that the duo were working on a new record, which Butler described as being about "our relationship with devices Not just our reliance on technological devices, but the ways they make us live and present and manipulate yourself"6

In April 2017, Sub Pop announced the July 14 release of Shabazz Palaces' third studio album Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star This was followed two weeks later with the announcement of Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines, the group's fourth album and "monozygotic twin" to Gangster Star, scheduled for simultaneous release along with a short film directed by Nep Sidhu, and a limited-run book illustrated by Joshua Ray Stephens Shabazz Palaces curates a part of the program of the dutch Le Guess Who festival, amongst others this curated program includes Pharoah Sanders


Shabazz Palaces frequently collaborate with and remix other artists, in the latter case often reinventing entire tracks Notable collaborations the supergroup WOKE, formed with Flying Lotus and Thundercat To date WOKE have released one single, "The Lavishments of Light Looking", featuring George Clinton Shabazz Palaces have also contributed to numerous Theesatisfaction and Porter Ray releases

Chimurenga Renaissance is a project led by Maraire, in collaboration with guitarist Hussein Kalonji and with contributions from Butler riZe vadZimu riZe was released on March 25, 20147

Shabazz Palaces are part of Black Constellation, a collective of visual artists, fashion designers, and musicians The group has hosted "Black Weirdo" parties in Seattle, Toronto, New York and Minneapolis8

They also featuring on Battles' 2012 remix album Dross Glop; charged with remixing the track "White Electric"

Style and influencesedit

Butler notes that the work of Shabazz Palaces differs from his previous work stylistically He cites his primary influences as "abstract", pulling from podcasts and mixtapes Butler attributes the use of African percussion and jazz overtones to his family's musical preferences9


Main article: Shabazz Palaces discography Studio albums
  • Black Up 2011
  • Lese Majesty 2014
  • Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star 2017
  • Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines 2017


  1. ^ BBC - BBC 6 Music Programmes - Lauren Laverne, 27/09/2011
  2. ^ Video: 'The King's New Clothes' on YTGVB | Rolling Stone
  3. ^ Shabazz Palaces - Black Up - Album Reviews at Undertheradar
  4. ^ Matson, Andrew December 24, 2011 "Best pop music 2011: Seattle and beyond" Seattle Times Retrieved December 24, 2011 
  5. ^ Drake, David 2014-05-02 "Shabazz Palaces' New Album "Lese Majesty" Release Date Announced" Complex Retrieved 2014-07-29 
  6. ^ Rolland, David "Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler Hints At New Digable Planets Material" New Times Broward-Palm Beach Retrieved 2016-02-18 
  7. ^ "Okayafrica Audio: Chimurenga Renaissance- "The BAD Is So Good" Okayplayer" Okayplayercom Retrieved 2014-07-29 
  8. ^ https://wwwnytimescom/2014/08/03/arts/music/shabazz-palaces-shake-up-seattles-hip-hop-scenehtml_r=1
  9. ^ http://wwwwaxpoeticscom/features/articles/ishmael-butlers-shabazz-palaces-heavy-yet-fleeting-afro-celestial-experience/

External linksedit

  • Shabazz Palaces
  • Sub Pop Records: Shabazz Palaces

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