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Shabazz Palaces Announce New Album, Share Single “Shine A Light” And Tour Dates

Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star drops July 14 via Sub Pop.

April 25, 2017

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Afro-futurist hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces are back with a new single from their upcoming album Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star. The lyric video for "Shine A Light," which features Thaddillac, is streaming below. The new record is out July 14 via Sub Pop, and features appearances from the Strokes’ Julian Casblanacas, Thundercat, Gamble and Huff, and more.


The new record is the story of "a sentient being from elsewhere" named Quazarz, according to a press release obtained by Pitchfork. Ishmael Butler a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro shared a statement on the character:


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.

Listen to "Shine A Light" below, followed by Shabazz Palaces's upcoming tour dates. Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star is out July 14 via Sub Pop.

Shabazz Palaces tour dates

05/13 - Seattle, WA - Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017
08/16 - Portland, OR - The Star Theater
08/18 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theatre
08/20 - Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom
08/23 - Austin, TX - Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)
08/24 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
08/25 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
08/26 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
08/27 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
08/28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
08/30 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
08/31 Detroit, MI - El Club
09/02 - Montreal, Quebec - Theatre Fairmount
09/05 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
09/06 - Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
09/07 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
09/08 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
09/11 - Asheville, NC - The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
09/15-17 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Douglas Park

Shabazz Palaces Announce New Album, Share Single “Shine A Light” And Tour Dates