Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #15 / 900
Year End Rank: #9
User Score
Based on 224 ratings
2011 Ratings: #15
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.

Henny
85
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
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)
MasterCrackfox
79
If Death Grips is hip-hop cocaine, this is hip-hop heroin. Just as experimental, just as wild, but far more relaxing and less in your face. The two play together well, of course, but clearly there are differences among them.

Favorite track: Swerve...
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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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