Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star

Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star
Shabazz Palaces 
Release Date: 14th July 2017
Sub Pop 

Melvins aren’t the only group to put out a conceptual double album this year, with Shabazz Palaces exploring the world of Quazarz across two discs, though you have to pay up twice if you want the full intergalactic experience. Here is the first part, or is it the second? Maybe it doesn’t matter, but with this being the first of the two announced back when, we’ll go from here, to Quazarz! 

Space rock is a well established genre, but what of space rap? Shabazz Palaces have always felt a little out of this world, so a conceptual album about a fictional place, not to be confused with the Quasar laser gun games you can enjoy with friends across the globe, isn’t so crazy. And maybe you can play Quasar in Quazarz, wouldn’t that be something?

Born on a Gangster Star feels like all the words and sounds are trapped far off in the distance. You can hear them, but you will never reach them, which feels like the beginning of a journey, as if you’re still on the way to Quazarz, one reason why I feel this must be the first part. It’s like how the new Twin Peaks series began with Dale Cooper wordlessly travelling through worlds to find our own, but a space rap odyssey rendition about a fine ass hairdresser and eel dreams. Not too dissimilar at all.

The barrier finally lifts at the end with ‘Moon Whip Quaz’ bringing the funk to the foreground, and then…

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