Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #15 / 900
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 203 ratings
2011 Ratings: #10
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.

Feb 27, 2018
Feedme120
70
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)
Aug 18, 2018
70
favs: free press and curl, an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum, recollections of the wraith, swerve...the reeling of all that worthwhile
Least fav: a treatise dedicated to the avian Airess from north east Nubis (1000 questions, 1 answer)
Apr 23, 2018
CheapandLethal
80
Good
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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)