photos by Chris Graham

Shabazz Palaces

"One of my favorite performances of the whole Sasquatch festival was from the group Shabazz Palaces. Palaces is the new rap project for Palaceer Lazaro or Ishamel "Butterfly" Butler of Digable Planets. Lazaro doesn't do interviews mostly because he wants you to form your own opinions about his music. You have to love that idea! My opinion is that I could not get enough of Shabazz Palaces.

I am always a bit hesitant when seeing rap groups live. I have a tendency to think all the songs sound alike and I find it boring. Definitely not the case with Palaces. Using innovative and imaginative beats and African style drumming you are constantly surprised and hypnotized by their sound. But the drums do not distract from the raps. I found myself actually listening to the raps and wanting to hear what Lazaro had to say.

Shabazz Palaces' has released two mini-albums, Of Light and its self-titled follow-up which are both available for purchase on their website." [Against the Grain]

More pictures from Saturday at Sasquatch, below...

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces