Lese Majesty

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  • Summary: This is the second full-length release from the Seattle-based experimental hip-hop group led by Ishmael Butler.
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  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
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  1. Jul 28, 2014
    100
    Hip-hop is constantly being tweaked and nudged in new directions, but rarely is it reconfigured as radically, and thrillingly, as on this second album from Shabazz Palaces.
  2. Jul 31, 2014
    90
    Like floating from level to placid level in Monument, listening to this record prompts your imagination and encourages discourse and reflection. Not the academic kind, but the kind of communal discovery people have been doing for ages.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    Aug 5, 2014
    83
    Shabazz Palaces let a little fresh air and whimsy slip into their dense melange of whispered rhymes and slack-jawed space beats. [9 Aug 2014, p.67]
  4. Uncut
    Jul 18, 2014
    80
    The Shabazz sound is sprawling and promiscuous, but also deep, which might make for uneasy listening. [Aug 2014, p.79]
  5. 80
    As a statement of blingy opulence, it’s a big look. As gangsta move, it’s pretty potent too. At the same time, though, it proves that while Shabazz Palaces are definitely moving in hip-hop’s orbit, they’re spinning further out than most.
  6. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    It is a record to indulge in, one melting synth note at a time.
  7. Mojo
    Jul 18, 2014
    60
    Not so much the future of hip hop as a giant leap sideways. [Aug 2014, p.86]

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Aug 20, 2014
    9
    I enjoyed this more than their debt album. It's just as experimental, but somehow more accessible. It also has a sense of melancholy, mystery,I enjoyed this more than their debt album. It's just as experimental, but somehow more accessible. It also has a sense of melancholy, mystery, and awe to it that i really liked. The lyrics are just as powerful; giving hope to the oppressed, encouraging defiance in them, and contemplating the nature of ego. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2017
    8
    Truly innovative hip-hop album! So trippy and psychedelic! Some filler here and there but still stands out.
    Fav Tracks: Dawn In Luxor,
    Truly innovative hip-hop album! So trippy and psychedelic! Some filler here and there but still stands out.
    Fav Tracks: Dawn In Luxor, Forerunner Foray, They Come In Gold, Harem Aria, Ishmael, #CAKE, Motion Sickness
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  3. Aug 3, 2014
    7
    Firstly the album has almost twice the number of tracks compared to Black Up. And many are actually just fillers, mostly lasting under oneFirstly the album has almost twice the number of tracks compared to Black Up. And many are actually just fillers, mostly lasting under one minute. Not saying it's bad or anything but the album just feel disorganized. Unlike Black Up, where one track has like two/three songs or ideas in them, especially for the first half od the record, here it is the same thing but the duo decided to split them up into seperate tracks. Not saying it is a bad record. I do like the fact that they experimented with this suite thing in the album and the very morphed out psychedelic sounds this album has. Even way more psychedelic.

    MUST HEAR TRACKS:
    DAWN IN LUXOR
    FORERUNNER FORAY
    THEY COME IN GOLD
    ISHMAEL
    #CAKE
    MOTION SICKNESS
    NEW BLACK WAVE

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