Albums: Quazarz: Born on
a Gangster Star and Quazarz Vs. the Jealous Machines
Release Date: July 14th
Seattle duo Shabazz Palaces are responsible for some of the most strangely alluring hip-hop of the 2010s. In July, Palaceer Lazaro (a.k.a. Ishmael Butler) and Tendai Maraire will drop two albums. A Sub Pop press statement explains that these Afro-Futurist concept suites will tell the story of the extraterrestrial Quazarz, "a wave warrior wielding his sonic sword," who attempts to break our collective dependence on technology with "a collective Nah to the device and the guilds that proliferate them." Pre-release tracks include "Shine a Light," a dusty and melodic tune centered on a sampled loop from Dee Dee Sharp's "I Really Love You."