Shabazz Palaces Initially Wanted To Remain Anonymous
#DXclusive: Digable planets' the Butterfly and the Baba Maraire in the group's of sources, and new albums.
Seattle, WA – Shabazz Palaces " experimental Hip Hop is a portal into the minds of the two artists behind the project — Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler and Tendai "Baba" Maraire. Vibrant, eclectic, and a little unpredictable, leading the listener to a wild ride through another sonic adventures, most recently evident in the duo's two new albums — Quazarz: Born A Gangster from the Star and Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines.
The double release (July 21 through Sub Pop Records) brings his full-length studio album count to four, which is a feat in itself. Before you set Shabazz Palaces, Butler was at one point a strange place, and I was not trying to be a musician at that time. In fact, when he initially met Maraire, he said he had no music at all.
"I just thought that was more for me," Butler explains to HipHopDX. "I've had my day-to-day. It was little more. I was still making music, but I was not trying to get a record contract or anything like that. I just thought that was more for me."
But his musical narrative, continued. After the two were introduced, the Butler, finally, began to move out of his self-imposed shell and had the opportunity to blow Maraire the mind of a day.
"Me and him were friends," Butler says. "He did the music and I did the music, but I didn't tell him that I did the music at the time. He always said, 'Why you're not doing music? You gotta keep doin' the music." We just hang out, but he had never been in my house, so that he had never seen my study. Then, when we become better friends and he told me, so one day, I was a little upset, and I was like, 'Bro I make beats all the time. You don't have to ask me no more [laughs].'
"Then, the conversation went like, 'Wait, you make music and you're not making?,'" he continues to do so. "He was like," It's different now, you have the internet' and this and that. I said, " I know, but I don't really fuck with all that. I don't like the way it goes with that.' We've talked