"Swerve...The Reeping Of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)" [*This track contains explicit lyrics]
Playing on Friday at S.O.B.'s (204 Varick St., SoHo)
Get: Tickets ($12) | Directions
Shabazz Palaces is a Seattle avant-hip-hop collective led by Tendai Maraire and Ismael Butler, of the ‘90s jazz-rap act Digable Planets.
The group’s full-length debut, Black Up, released last June, is a masterful work of expansive melodies and poetic lyricism atop crunching beats and glitchy atmospherics.
Shabazz Palaces returns to New York City to perform at S.O.B's on Friday and Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday.
For a preview, download “Swerve…The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)” above and watch the music video for “Are You… Can You… Were You” from the band's critically-acclaimed 2011 release below. (Full disclosure: Both songs contain explicit language.)