Growing up in the golden age of hip-hop, I feel spoiled being able to say that during the onset of hip-hop I was there in the mix. Many of these artists from the 80’s/90’s have still found an audience (new and old alike) in today’s musical industry. Case in point, the 90’s hip-hop group, Digable Planets, still tours worldwide to this day. One of their members, Ishmael “Ish” Butler a.k.a. Butterfly, is in another hip-hop group named Shabazz Palaces (with Tendai Maraire) that recently made their way to play Terminal West in Atlanta with special guests Porter Ray with Bruce Leroy and local Atlanta favorites The Morkestra. Special thanks to our friends at Terminal West for allowing Concerthopper this amazing opportunity!
‘Tyler the Selector’ and ‘Saude the Effector’ better known The Morkestra, an Atlanta duo which is an experimental bass/psychedelic/trap/dubstep group. These guys quickly became a favorite of mine in Atlanta after this electric, opening performance. Check out their main webpage where they have uploaded twenty-six (26) audio recordings from various events (some live) so anyone can check out their performances.
Next on deck was Seattle native and Sub Pop recording artist Porter Ray with special guest fellow Seattle native Bruce Leroy. Both Porter and Bruce have the uncanny ability to weave a complex story through their gifted, lyrical prowess which is often missing in today’s hip-hop. Lend some support to these two up and coming lyricists who are working very hard to make a name for themselves in the industry. Click these links to hear more of Porter Ray and Bruce Leroy’s music.
When Shabazz Palaces took the stage, a mighty roar from the crowd was released in excitement. Fresh off the release of their third AND fourth LPs (yes they dropped both of them on the same day- July 14, 2017); Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star & Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines on Sub Pop Records. Shabazz Palaces are actually part of a much larger project entitled Black Constellation. Black Constellation is a collective of musicians, visual artists, and fashion designers who have banded together as a medium for artistic representation through surrealism, avant garde, or abstract theories of expression.
Shabazz Palaces has the ability to blend jazz, Afro-fusion, experimental hip-hop, and alternative hip-hop in order to create something that is quite beautiful for the soul of humanity. I’ve added some YouTube links for their four LPs and a live performance: Black Up, Lese Majesty, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star, Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines, and Live on KEXP.
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Remember don’t think about it, just buy the damn ticket! As always, hope to see you at a show or festival soon!