The intense vibrations that sound from Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces are back and set to hit hard for a special Jazz Cafe performance.
From the beginning, with 2011’s Black Up, Shabazz’s practice has been steeped in black magic of a different order. The same proves true on its latest two releases, the conceptual Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines and Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star.
Leave it to hip-hop’s unorthodox lot to conceive an ambitious pairing that launches the narrative’s protagonist on an interstellar journey far from home. It’s the perfect proxy for the growing sense of alienation we’re all suffering, to some degree or another, in today’s space and time.