Shabazz Palaces Lifts A Bit Of The Veil

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Gumbo, Music

Published on September 16, 2011 with No Comments

Despite people recognizing Ishmael Butler’s voice from Digable Planets, Shabazz Palaces is know almost as much for their air of mystery as for their excellent music. That is, if you now them at all, since many rap and music sites seem more concerned with telling you how much so-and-so’s album sucks than how good ‘Black Up‘ actually is. Still AOTY if you ask me, and maybe more people will notice now that dream hampton posted a Q&A with Ishmael Butler on a certain rapper’s unorthodoxly designed Life+Times blog. The Shabazz mc is relatively candid too:

It was never about being an MF Doom or being mysterious or even anonymous. I just wanted to start fresh from Digable. Plus journalists are just wack they just ask the same mundane questions, they claim to be observationists but most of them are lazy. So I wanted to limit the extent that I participated in that whole dance, at least for the beginning, the first album. This is the second Shabazz Palaces album, and doing it this way felt right for this album.

Head on over to Life+Times for the whole thing. And give that album a spin already, if you haven’t yet.



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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