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  • Summary: One of two concept albums released on the same day for the hip-hop duo of Ishmael Butler and Tendai "Baba" Maraire about a being from another world named Quazars was recorded over two weeks in Seattle with producer Erik Blood.
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 85
    Both albums [Quazarz: Born On A Gangsta Star and Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines] deliver uneasy commentary on modern times, and the music that supports it is as equally challenging.
  2. Jul 13, 2017
    80
    While the concept of a double album can be off–putting for some, these records shift and weave so seamlessly that one barely notices the combined one hr 30 runtime. That said, it is a record that rewards repeat listens, as its length and depth are well worth letting wash over you.
  3. Mojo
    Jul 5, 2017
    80
    Born on a Gangster Star is the more accessible volume. ... The result is a thrilling excursion, possessing an otherworldly ambience and substance you'll spend months decoding, every spin yielding something new. [Aug 2017, p.88]
  4. The Wire
    Aug 9, 2017
    80
    They [Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz Vs The Jealous Machines] can be appreciated either together or apart from each other. [Aug 2017, p.58]
  5. Jul 13, 2017
    70
    Overall, the beats here are funkier and a little more jagged than they are on the preceding volume, highlighted by the whomping bassline on "Moon Whip Quäz," Thundercat's bob-and-prickle low end on "Since C.A.Y.A.," and what resembles a contorted hybrid of Prince's "Delirious" and Urban Tribe's "At Peace with Concrete" on "That's How City Life Goes."
  6. Aug 2, 2017
    70
    Less of an experiment in product-curation, Quazarz scans more as an effort in process-orientation, one that, whether consciously or not, divulges some of Shabazz Palaces’s obscure mysteries.
  7. Jul 21, 2017
    50
    The album is by no means horrible, just disappointing and repetitive, chock full of revamped old school rhythms that don’t have the gratifying content to match. A good handful of songs--‘When Cats Claw’, ‘Since C.A.Y.A’, ‘Fine Ass Hairdresser’, ‘Julian’s Dream’, ‘Moon Whip Quäz’ and ’30 Clip Extension’--deserve to be judged independently.

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  1. Jul 26, 2017
    6
    While Born On A Gangster Star features some of Shabazz Palaces' most accessible material yet (Shine A Light, Moon Whip Quaz), it carries overWhile Born On A Gangster Star features some of Shabazz Palaces' most accessible material yet (Shine A Light, Moon Whip Quaz), it carries over a lot of the drab, overly spacey meanderings of Lese Majesty, which made that album such a bloated and diluted product. Expand