|Origin||Seattle, Washington, US|
|Genres||Alternative hip hop, experimental hip hop|
|Associated acts||Chimurenga Renaissance, Digable Planets|
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.
Butler and Maraire later collaborated with Hussein Kalonji as Chimurenga Renaissance to release riZe vadZimu riZe on March 25, 2014.
|2012||Live at KEXP|
- BBC - BBC 6 Music Programmes - Lauren Laverne, 27/09/2011
- Video: 'The King's New Clothes...' on YTGVB | Rolling Stone
- Shabazz Palaces - Black Up - Album Reviews at Undertheradar
- Matson, Andrew (December 24, 2011). "Best pop music 2011: Seattle and beyond". Seattle Times. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
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