Shabazz Palaces

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Shabazz Palaces are an American, Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler, aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly Butterfly of jazz–hip hop group Digable Planets) and multi-instrumentalist Tendai "Baba" Maraire, son of Mbira master Dumisani Maraire.

The group anonymously self-released two EPs, Eagles Soar, Oil Flows and The Seven New (referred to as Shabazz Palaces and Of Light, respectively) in 2009 before becoming one of the few hip-hop acts to be signed to the Sub Pop label and releasing its debut full-length album, Black Up to wide critical acclaim in 2011. Black Up was listed #1 in Seattle Times music columnist Andrew Matson's "Local Top #10" of 2011.

The group released its second album, Lese Majesty, on July 29, 2014.

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Year Title RatingReleases
2011 Black Up 4 2
2014 Lese Majesty 3


Year Title RatingReleases
2014 Palace Slide 1


Year Title RatingReleases
2009 Shabazz Palaces 3 2
2009 Of Light 3 2

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2012 Live at KEXP 1

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