Hip hop daredevils Shabazz Palaces are gearing up to release not just one, but two albums on 14th July.
Alongside ‘Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines’, the duo will also be releasing ‘Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star’. Having already shared ‘Shine A Light’ from the latter, they’re further previewing ‘Gangster Star’ with another new track, ‘Since C.A.Y.A.’ It features bass from Thundercat and has been produced by Knife Knights, better known as Shabazz’s own Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood.
Ishmael shared a lengthy statement about the track: “In the era of Quazarz youth, The Central District of Seattle, Washington shone wildly vibrant and pulsed strong like the muscles of the heart. Brave Forerunners, from warm points south, had arrived and settled and soon began to born and unleash dazzle of all sorts from this green remote”.
He continues: “It was here on a sunny, July day over a free lunch at the C.A.Y.A. baseball field watching the Frontiersman smash an east side club to dust, that Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star – with confused terror then resolute determination – first looked his dreams in the ye. Thee rest as they say, is mystery. The Heritage House, Lowe’s Grocery and One Stop Burgers are gone; fact is, from that glorious epoch there remain few vestiges… I’m one of them”.
Listen to ‘Since C.A.Y.A’ below.
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