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Shabazz Palaces, Porter Ray

Seattle abstractionist rap duo Shabazz Palaces – former Digable Planets rapper Ishmael Butler and multi-instrumentalist Tendai Maraire – earned critical approval with 2011’s progressive Black Up. The group simultaneously released its third and fourth albums in July, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines. The compelling set underscores human reliance on machines through the view of an outsider or alien, providing expressive solutions via artistic deprogramming.

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