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After releasing several recordings themselves on small time labels, in 2010 they contracted to release an ep with Sub Pop and have collaborated in recordings and on stage with artists such as MC Silk, and THEESatisfaction. Read Full BioShabazz Palaces are percussionist Tendai Maraire and Ishmael Butler, formerly of Digable Planets and Cherrywine. Working now under the moniker Palaceer Lazaro, Ishmael provides the group’s vision and vocals, while Tendai employs ancient instruments from his homeland Zimbabwe.
After releasing several recordings themselves on small time labels, in 2010 they contracted to release an ep with Sub Pop and have collaborated in recordings and on stage with artists such as MC Silk, and THEESatisfaction. They deliver sincere and radical lyrics with sounds and beats that include sounds from around the world. Containing echos of funk, minor-key jazz, London dubstep and mbira sounds they structure their songs outside the 16-bars/chorus/repeat form of much hip hop.Their music won them the first ever Music Genius award from The Stranger in 2010.
The group which also features mixing engineer Erik Blood, often dress in elaborate costumes and masks for their live performances.
For Butler, who never stopped making music since he released his classic album by Digable Planets , ''Blowout Comb'', Shabazz palaces is his latest place to play with ideas. Those ideas have always been simultaneously global in their expansiveness and basement ceiling low in their commitment to hip-hop’s bottom line.
Their video for Belhaven Meridian is a one-shot bw music video, shot in Watts, LA, homage to the 1977 classic film Killer of Sheep, a film set around the Watts Riots. It features a cameo by Ernest Wadell from The Wire.
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Shabazz Palaces Track 1/20
by Shabazz Palaces
Pinups in the shape of promise, arise
All that diamond dust
Flowin' up your hose
Deals made to cope
Ignore the truths
Shots at all these soft niggas, huh?
Ideas in recline
Rise of the lost
Hey, here we stand
Slave to network's master plans
Swag's the brand, open the can
Change off, still y'all never ran
I brag, I boast, I kill, I coast, I toast to cake and crime
Doin' the most, a stronger dose, a king at leisure time
So, so, your grace of mind
Dope is laced fantasticized
Gang signs points to hang them high
Who, swindle? oh yeah that's my guide
The forecast he gives chance to blast
Hussle dough, sure don't seem fast
My kiss, my list, my dreams, my stats:
These certain things need not be asked.
You think I'm selfish, exist only to wish on stars
Lay in wait and cut the bars down, then go ice the guards
Touch the hood and go kiss granny, catch a box of food
Play the blade and feel that sunlight till you're in the mood
But who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think you are?
Who do you think who you are?
Who do you thank who you are?
Lyrics © Fintage House Publishing
Written by: ISHMAEL REGINALD BUTLER
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