Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #15 / 899
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 198 ratings
2011 Ratings: #8
Your Review

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.

Feb 19, 2017
BuffaloStaple
88
I've been sleeping on this shit, I fuckin love experimental hip-hop when it's done right and the sound that these guys have on this album is really enjoyable to me. Definitely gonna be playing the fuck out of the this for the next few weeks for sure, can't believe I haven't checked it out until now.
Feb 27, 2018
Feedme120
77
VERY OK
Feb 1, 2018
itsyahboinoah
90
Bumps in the whip
Aug 5, 2014
snarekickblues
91
Best Track: Free Press and Curl; An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum; Are You. Can You. Were You? (Felt); Youlogy; Endeavors For Never; or Yeah You
Worst Track: The King's New Clothes Were Made By His Own Hands
Most Overrated Track: Swerve... the Reeping of All That is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)
Most Underrated Track: A Treatease Dedicated To the Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)
Apr 23, 2018
CheapandLethal
80
Good
Purchasing Black Up from Amazon helps support Album of the Year.
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)