Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Shabazz Palaces-Black Up (2011)

Shabazz Palaces - Swerve... by subpop

Shabazz Palaces - An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum by subpop

This year feels like it's really trying to have a good hip hop run. Some might be fooled with some of the subpar crap coming out that looks good on paper and in the press(odd future youngins im looking at you!) For the most part this year has some ok stuff coming out. Lil B came out with something decent, the Ghostface/Doom collaboration dropped their first single today and thats pretty solid. Death Grips made a very divisive album( i loved it). Then there is this. Shabazz Palaces feels like effort, it oozes creativity. It doesn't fall into the usual tropes most hip hop falls into. There is very little bravado present, very little cliche on this album. Thats just the words. The musical side of this album is even more dense and "new" sounding. There are twists and turns at every corner with new ideas cropping up here and there. A neat little trick they employ is that of completely changing the entire structure of a song in its final 2 minutes, they do this on more than half the album and it still feels like a surprise anytime. It kind of reminds me of way Skinny Puppy structured their album Last Rights on cd, where the beginning of the next track actually begins at the end of the track that precedes it. It creates a disorienting feeling that is addictive as hell.
This is a very solid hip hop release and so far the best thing hip hop has had to offer so far for 2011.
I guess it takes a veteran from Digible Planets to show all the new(and some of the old) cats how to do shit right.
Everyone should take note, this is the way to make a hip hop album, you know how they used to make em...

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