Available only until the end of the year, Live at KEXP Volume Eight features one-of-a-kind, exclusive live tracks from some of the past year’s greatest artists — some well known, others just discovered. All of the bands featured on this compilation have donated their profits to support listener-powered KEXP, and all proceeds benefit the station.
Track nine is “A Mess, The Booth That Soaks In Palacian Musk” by Seattle’s own Shabazz Palaces, recorded live in our studio in June of 2011. In the song, Ish Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, who first came on the scene as part of Digable Planets, cooly raps over Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire’s hazy beat. Cosmic yet confessional, transcendent yet totally accessible, Shabazz Palaces have spearheaded a new movement of out-of-this-world hip hop that still speaks to the matters of this world, full of social criticism, personal expression and smooth flowing rhymes.
Let Shabazz Palaces speak to your heart and mind by picking up a copy of Live at KEXP Volume Eight for yourself and support listener powered KEXP.