It’s been nearly three years since Seattle art-rap Shabazz Palaces released their last album, Lese Majesty. This July, they will return with a new LP called Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, an album appears to be a sort of Brother From Another Planet concept album, a musical story about an alien named Quazarz who visits America and sees nothing but cruelty and injustice. Here’s how a press release puts it:
Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazars, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
Quazarz is, of course, the new alter-ego if Shabazz frontman Palaceer and here’s how he describes his new persona:
I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper — he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented — who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor — raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.
Shabazz Palaces have shared first single Shine A Light, a song just featuring Seattle rapper, Thaddillac which is just perfect for Spring; brimming with of the promise of summery delights and the shape of things to come.. Listen above and if you would like to hear where the sample in this song comes from, check it out on my blog here.
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is out July 14th on Sub Pop. Pre-order it here.