Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2011 Ratings: #15 / 894
Year End Rank: #11
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2011 Ratings: #8
Your Review


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.

Beats Per Minute

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

No Ripcord

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


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 1, 2018
Bumps in the whip
Feb 19, 2017
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.
May 21, 2014
This album has a very unique and interesting sound. It's abstract enough to the point where it doesn't get annoying. This album does have to grow on you, so don't be upset if you don't "get it" right away.

Favourite tracks: An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum, Yeah You, Free Press and Curl, Swerve... the Reeping of All That is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding), Youlogy
Dec 10, 2017
Fairly uninspiring
Apr 30, 2017
Canciones Favoritas: Free Press and Curl, An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum, Are You… Can You… Were You?, Youlogy, Recollections of the Wraith, Swerve… The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile
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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)