Commensurate with their role as the new lost tribe of Shabazz, “Black Up” has been pushed back to late June. Considering that the record leaked a while back, I don’t know what the logic behind this is (production problems? marketing plan? Ish was sent into a state of debilitating melancholy after hearing that Wiz Khalifa record?).
As the wise Gorilla avers, this is one of the best rap albums of the year (file alongside: Quik, Rittz, Fiend, K.R.I.T., DZA, Shady Bambino, and stuff I’m forgetting). But in predictably inscrutable fashion, the video is for a track from one of last year’s EP’s. According to Sub Pop: “This video contains footage from the upcoming documentary by Village Beat titled Tough Bond — a film about kids sniffing glue to survive street life in Kenya’s disappearing villages and exploding urban slums. Original documentary score was provided by Shabazz Palaces.”