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Knife Knights fill out Shabazz Palaces’ musical universe with 1 Time Mirage

If the woozy, intergalactic raps on Knife Knights’s debut full-length, 1 Time Mirage (Sub Pop), remind you of Seattle hip-hop outfit Shabazz Palaces, they should. Ever since rapper Ishmael Butler and multi-instrumentalist Tendai “Baba” Maraire launched Shabazz Palaces more than a decade ago, they’ve grown their catalog by finessing songs in jams with engineer Erik […]

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Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces create their own norms on their two Quazarz albums

Last June, when Rolling Stone contributor Andrew Matson asked Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler about the negative critiques of social media he’d gleaned from the songs on the Seattle duo’s 2017 albums, Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines and Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, Butler deflected him, responding, “No, it’s not mostly negative. I just feel […]