Album Review: Shabazz Palaces
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

  • Posted by: Michael Washington

There's not much about Shabazz Palaces that isn't a mystery. Two years ago when the group self-released a pair of highly acclaimed mini-albums, almost zero information about who the band was came along with it. There was no Shabazz Palaces MySpace page to link to, and no phone number or email to contact. Ishmael Butler—of the longtime alternative hip-hop act Digable Planets—finally emerged as the groups sole frontman, but the names of the other members involved were left a secret. Getting an interview with Butler was about as impossible as understanding the group's song titles, which sometimes would read out like sentences (example: "32 leaves dipped in blackness making clouds forming altered carbon"). It's as if Shabazz Palaces' desire to be left an enigmatic entity was more important to them than getting discovered at all.

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