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20 Questions: Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces and Knife Knights

Our 20 Questions feature sums up the quality that Shabazz Palaces' Ishmael Butler only reveals once you get to talking with him: his dry, clipped humor.

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Porter Ray: Watercolor

Porter Ray's rapping on Watercolor is relaxed but quick, a style that emphasizes the intellectual bent to many of his rhymes, but intentionally fails to prepare you for the weight of his message.

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Shabazz Palaces - "Dawn in Luxor" (Singles Going Steady)

"Luxor" seems like an Afro-futurist ether-world, a place where oppressed populations can congregate and, if necessary, escape to.

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The Forerunner: An Interview with Shabazz Palaces

"It’s just like exploration really, and just jumping off certain types of cliffs and trying to open up sonic parachutes that’ll get you floating down to your destination and landing on two feet."

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Afropunk Fest: 23-24 August 2014 - Brooklyn, NY (Photos)

Afropunk Fest felt more politically charged this year. People had their hands in the air as a tribute to Michael Brown nearly as often as they did for the performers.

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Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

The innovative hip-hop duo from Seattle is back with another genre bending album.

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Battles: Dross Glop

Here's a remix album that is not as good as the original. Yeah, what a shocker.

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Baba Maraire: Wona Baba Maraire

Shabazz Palaces' Maraire crafts a tuneful and compelling love letter to Zimbabwean music on his solo debut.

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The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.

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The Best New and Emerging Artists of 2011

The year's best new and emerging artists range across the musical spectrum from forward thinking R&B to classic soul, from a bevy of exciting new hip-hop talent to great new hopes for indie rock and Americana. 2011 shows that music is always pushing forward even as it dips into the past.

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The Best Hip-Hop of 2011

Newcomers, giants, throwbacks, and collaborators -- 2011 was the year of diversity, in which rap fans were faced with enough variety to find whatever flavor of hip-hop they wanted.

David Amidon, Dave Heaton, Quentin B. Huff, Mike Madden, and Dean Van Nguyen
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Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

If this is a hip-hop album -- and that's a big "if" -- then it's the finest one yet this year.

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