Shabazz Palaces

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Shabazz Palaces
Origin Seattle, Washington, US
Genres Alternative hip hop, experimental hip hop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Sub Pop
Associated acts Chimurenga Renaissance, Digable Planets
Website shabazzpalaces.com
Members Ishmael Butler
Tendai Maraire

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.[1][2]

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.[3] Black Up was listed #1 in Seattle Times music columnist Andrew Matson's "Local Top #10" of 2011.[4]

Butler and Maraire later collaborated with Hussein Kalonji as Chimurenga Renaissance to release riZe vadZimu riZe on March 25, 2014.[5]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2011 Black Up

EPs[edit]

Year Album details
2009 Shabazz Palaces
2009 Of Light

Singles[edit]

Year Album details
2012 Live at KEXP

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