…we end up fighting the Jealous Machines now we’ve made it to Quazarz. Or maybe this is before we end up drifting through the atmosphere on ‘Born on a Gangster Star’? Does it even matter which came first? Chicken or the egg, we still have two Shabazz Palaces albums in 2017, so let’s just keep drifting through space. It’s the place.
Quazarz vs the Jealous Machines is the more accessible of the two new albums, offering more lyrically to the listener, as it delves into our use of technology, the need for the next new thing, the need to be an internet sensation, the needs of Kanye, and how we shouldn’t be allowing ourselves to be trapped with such things.
It’s a duke out between the dreamy nature of Quazarz and those very machines, an angle that Sun Kil Moon have also dealt with this year, living versus living through technology, only Shabazz Palaces don’t tell you to stop jerking off to Pokemon. Maybe Go isn’t a thing in outer space?
The two Quazarz albums offer different tastes of Shabazz Palaces talents, the ambience versus the upbeat, dreams versus reality. The contrasts don’t fight in the same way they go after the machines, instead they can be taken as a complete whole, or enjoyed as separate entities, there is nothing lost with either choice, the listener can only gain from experiencing this new age of space rap bliss.
Though I still like to think ‘Born on a Gangster Star’ comes first…