Black Up - Shabazz Palaces
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 4 out of 39

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  1. Sep 2, 2011
    0
    This **** is lost on me. I have tried to listen and find any assembalence of beat or rythem and cannot grasp the appeal. I liked 2 songs off the entire CD but these high marks are unwarrented and their is much better stuff available like The Weekend or The Throne
  2. Dec 3, 2012
    0
    I'm a big hip hop head and I bought this album because it was recommended at a local cd store. To put it nicely, I found it relatively awful. It would be a stretch to say I really liked any of the songs on the album. Simply making noise doesn't count for music in my book. Complete waste of money.
Metascore
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. 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.