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Shabazz Palaces 

When: Mon., July 28, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $20
In 1993, New York hip-hop trio Digable Planets scored a crossover hit with “Rebirth of the Slick (Cool like Dat).” The lead single from the group’s debut album set afro-centrist imagery and keen historical references against jazz, soul, and funk samples. After contributing two albums to a remarkably innovative, adventurous, and intelligent era of hip-hop alongside groups such as De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets disbanded in 1995. In 2009, Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, the chief architect of Digable Planets’ sound, reemerged with heady, narcotic, cryptic, and provocative EPs as Shabazz Palaces. Initially, Butler hid his identity. By the time Black Up, Shabazz Palaces’ critically hailed debut album, was released in 2011, everyone knew, but that hardly illuminated the enigmatic music. Butler retains all of the critical and historical insight displayed by Digable Planets, though the sentiments, like the production, are more complicated. Slickness, Butler’s trajectory suggests, is out — get confused.
— Sam Lefebvre


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