Hear the first single and read a surreal album description.

Shabazz Palaces, the experimental hip-hop duo of Digable Planets co-founder Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire, have announced their third album, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star.

The follow-up to 2014’s Lese Majesty features The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, Thundercat, Gamble and Huff and more. You can hear the first single ‘Shine A Light’ now, which features Seattle funk band Thaddillac.

In character as his alter-ego Palaceer Lazaro, Butler shared a description for the album that reads straight out of a hip-hop sci-fi fanfiction.

Read the description below and look for the new album July 14 via Sub Pop.


“I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper – he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awet the Sun Scented – who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor – raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescentdiamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.”

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