Monday, 10 October 2011

Shabazz Palaces - 'Are You....Can You....Were You? (felt)'


Shabazz Palaces - Are You....Can You....Were You? (felt) (2011)

A lot of Hip Hop acts these days tend to follow a tried and trusted formula so it's rare to find an act like Shabazz Palaces who are original, innovative and fresh. They are among a rare breed of underground Hip Hop acts this year that have come through and are not afraid to break the mould. Although not a big fan, the rather rude and controversial, don't take him home to meet your gran, Tyler, The Creator and his crew are another example of an artist not afraid to push the boundaries. What I like about them is that they inject some life, in a genre which is increasingly becoming monotonous with pretty much everyone sounding and saying the same thing.

I've been listening to Shabazz Palaces's album, Black Up, over the last few months and it's taken a little effort due to it's non-conformist style but the obscure beats and soundscapes make for rewarding listening. In fact, if you ever wondered what what Hip Hop would sound like if it was on Star Wars this is it, Jabba the Hutt would book them.

Tales from Shabazz Palaces.....Live tonight 21h30 @ Mos Eisley Cantina
Shabazz Palaces are led by 'Butterfly' of Digable Planets fame, one of my favourite Jazz influenced Hip Hop groups who had success in the early 90's with some classic releases. If you like your music abstract and a little off kilter then Shabazz Palaces is for you. The force is strong with them.

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Shabazz Palaces - 'Are You....Can You....Were You? (felt)'
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11 October 2011 at 09:16

I've listened to this a couple of times now and I definitely like it. It's refreshingly different. The backing reminds me a little of Drop by The Pharcyde as it sounds if it's being reversed. Good tune to listen to on a Sunday morning or on the beach. Let me get my gold bikini...

11 October 2011 at 10:07

See what you mean SH I have just sliped on my yellow chamois leather speedos and heading for the pool. I have to say it is different with confusing landscapes....worthy of further listening