Seattle Office of Film + Music

August 6, 2010, 11:13 am
Filed under: Music | Tags: , ,

This week’s installment of the KEXP 10-part series “Hip-Hop: The New Seattle Sound” profile Shabazz Palaces. Ishmael Butler is best known for his work with the Grammy-winning hip-hop group Digable Planets from the 1990s. These days he’s heading up a new project called Shabazz Palaces with beatmaster MTK. The music is hard to pin down, it’s layered with textures and story fragments. The groove is haunting and the hooks hit deep. They made a splash at SXSW this year, were listed as a “Best new track” my Pitchfork, and just picked up the first Stranger Genius Award for Music. In this episode, Ish talks about growing up as an artist working with Digable, his unique definition of success, and why Shabazz Palaces’ music is shrouded in mystery. To listen to the full show, check the above link.

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