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Black Up is easily my favorite rap record of the year so far so I was both surprised and psyched to see that the mysterious group stopped by KEXP to perform a set.  The main reason I’m surprised is that Shabazz Palaces has tended to try to stay shrouded in mystery.  In this performance it is like the shroud is unveiled as Shabazz Palaces allows us a peak into how they make and perform their music.  What really makes this performance awesome is seeing how much of the music is produced live and not looped.  Given how much personality Butler expresses throughout the album, it is nice seeing the man behind the cryptic verses.


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