Around the release of Black Up, Matt Shea spoke with the Shabazz Palaces frontman about his creative process, his chemistry with instrumentalist and musical partner Tendai Maraire, and signing to Sub Pop.
Will Schube takes a look at the new single from Shabazz Palaces.
Zilla talks with the legendary Ish Butler about his early days in Digable Planets, his favorite books, and creating art ahead of its time.
Crater-causing music from the Seattle duo for the Adult Swim Singles series.
Zilla Rocca is catchy, yes. Trendy, no. The criticism I read about Shabazz Palaces’ latest LP Lese Majesty were dumbfounding to me. I’m a completely biased Shabazz devotee, and even I will acknowledge that Lese Majesty wasn’t as great as Black Up. But what I noticed about critics knocking Lese was that they couldn’t grasp the […]
Frank N Beats Mix 007 December 16, 2014
 Aaron Frank is a hybrid Black Messiah/Black Hippy First off, I want to offer my sincerest apology for my recent absence. As it usually happens during the holidays, I’ve recently been faced with a torrential onslaught of bullshit, which includes several major personal and family matters. However, my brief respite from Passion of the Weiss […]
Peter Holslin wrote this from his vacation home on Mars Ishmael Butler handles the mic like a king. I mean this quite literally. On the new Shabazz Palaces album, Lese Majesty, I keep picturing the veteran rapper luxuriating atop a throne, ruling over some deep space Planet X, as he drops 10-dollar words (“sepulcher,” “farceur”), […]