Black Up

  • Record Label: Sub Pop
  • Release Date: Jun 28, 2011
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 4 out of 44
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  1. Jun 3, 2012
    6
    If you want hooks or beats, look somewhere else. Interesting stuff, but also preachy without a well-communicated message...not a great combination. This is not the kind of hip-hop you play at parties or blast out your car stereo, it's for sitting down with a joint and a good pair of headphones.
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83

Universal acclaim - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Mar 13, 2012
    85
    Shabazz Palaces created an album that is deep, dense, cryptic, hypnotic, and beautiful in its own freaky way.
  2. Mojo
    Nov 22, 2011
    80
    In the category of great rap reinventions, file it next to Daniel Dumile's post-KMD rebirth as MF Doom and Ultramagnetic's MC Kool Keith re-training as Dr. Octagon. [Aug. 2011, p. 94]
  3. Aug 15, 2011
    70
    Reborn as Palaceer Lazaro in Shabazz Palaces, the rapper still waxes poetic with the old boho bounce as he lounges in the club or decries the evils of American culture.