Shabazz Palaces – Black Up Review


free press and curl: 3.75/5
An echo from the hosts that profess infinitum: 3.25/5
Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt): 3.75/5
A treatease dedicated to The Avian Airess from North East Nubis (1000 questions, 1 answer): 3.75/5
Youology: 3.75/5
Endeavors for Never (The last time we spoke you said you were not here. I saw you though.): 4.25/5
Recollections of the wraith: 4.75/5
The King’s new clothes were made by his own hands: 3.25/5
yeah you: 3.5/5
Swerve… The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding): 5/5

The former Digable Planets MC shakes up the hip-hop underground with this abstract release. Black Up is full of samples from the far left-field, simplistic yet strangely effective beats, and informative, conscious lyrics. Though it’s not for everybody, I would recommend this to listeners who can appreciate multiple music genres, as there are some gems and messages that need to be heard on this album.


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