Shabazz Palaces

Forward progression is the name of the game. Shabazz Palaces understand that, comfortably stretching the boundaries of hip hop past the next few years and beyond while maintaining its natural ability to force your head into a steady nod. Over skittering atmospherics, Palaceer Lazaro exudes depth and a love of his craft formed by decades in the game as part of groups like Digable Planets and Cherrywine. And while there are hints of nostalgia in his delivery, he uses words as a vessel to usher us all into the future—a shimmering, unifying world where dreams are attained and actions are currency. Let’s all go there together. DYLAN MACTURK