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Bold, experimental and dark, SHABAZZ PALACES are a hip hop trio lead by Palaceer Lazaro, also known as Ishamel "Butterfly" Butler of Digable Planets. Often considered to be art-rap, Shabazz Palaces are forward thinkers who remain nostalgic for a sparer time and have worked to take Hip hop to an unearthed height. On 'Black Up' they still work as straight-up head knock rap and are as visceral as anything, making smart, tough music. In Seattle, you can't escape the hype surrounding Shabazz Palaces, and their fresh new release, although a long time in the making, is an astounding record proving them to be more than worthy.