Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2011 Ratings: #10 / 911
Year End Rank: #9
User Score
Based on 274 ratings
2011 Ratings: #18
June 28, 2011 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Consequence of Sound

Black Up is not the best hip hop album of the year so far, it’s the best album of the year so far.

91
Beats Per Minute

Shabazz Palaces have pushed the music forward, so that it once again can be raw, real, and unconventional.

90
No Ripcord

It’s fresh and idiosyncratic, compellingly cryptic, but it’s difficult to pinpoint the effect it has on the listener.

88
Pitchfork

Black Up lets some sunlight in, breathes fresh air, and finds Butler returning to an occasionally lighter flow, the most unburdened he's sounded since the world first heard him.

80
PopMatters

This is an album with a brilliant sound, one that is as arresting to listen to as it is to puzzle over.

80
The Guardian
A thrilling, space-age vision of modern hip-hop.
70
Under The Radar

Black Up points toward hip-hop as a source of headphone albums as the Seattle collaborative offers intriguingly fractured surfaces under their vocals, alternating brain-tweaking minimalism with jarringly complex rhythms and vinyl-ripped ephemera.

67
Entertainment Weekly

With beats this murky and unsettling, it’s a shame that Palaceer Lazaro uses his new project to spit flimsy verses about back-in-the-day clichés.

Benny
90
The Madviliany Of The 10s
amygoodall
90
this album makes me happy I'm devoting my life to creating things
Henny
90
A very intressting project that just isn't for every rap fan in the community. But definetly worth a shot if you are into dark and sort of experimental hip hop
MinatoArisato
80
Black Up is an expertly crafted experimental rap album. With smart writing and off the wall production, Shabazz Palaces deliver a record which feels so damn unique. It is dark, trippy and is druggy as hell, the production choices are so weird and out there that they lend themselves quite spectacularly to the sound of Black Up. Overall a excellent Hip Hop album that distinguishes itself from anything else.

Best Track: Swerve... the reaping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding) ... read more
Feedme120
70
VERY OK
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Track List

  1. Free Press and Curl 
  2. An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum 
  3. Are You. Can You. Were You? (Felt) 
  4. A Treatease Dedicated To the Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer) 
  5. Youlogy 
  6. Endeavors For Never (the Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.) 
  7. Recollections of the Wraith 
  8. The King's New Clothes Were Made By His Own Hands
  9. Yeah You 
  10. Swerve... the Reeping of All That is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)
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