Today, October 17th, Shabazz Palaces shares “Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice),” the official video for the first single from Robed in Rareness, his forthcoming mini album. Pitchfork says the single “sounds like it’s coming from a gravity-free bunker.”
The visual stars Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler and Seattle’s Royce The Choice and is directed by Stephan Gray (“Motion Sickness,” “Dawn in Luxor”).
Robed in Rareness is the first full collection of new material since The Don of Diamond Dreams, their critically acclaimed LP released in 2020. The new album features collaborations from the aforementioned Royce The Choice, plus Colorado Springs’ O Finess, The Bronx’s Geechi Suede (of Camp Lo fame), Butler’s twin Lavarr the Starr and his son, the incomparable Lil Tracy.
Robed in Rareness was produced by Shabazz Palaces, mixed by Erik Blood, and engineered by Ishmael Butler and Blood at Studio4 West in Venice, California, with mastering by Warren Defever at Third Man Mastering.
The Wire says of Robed in Rareness, “Butler offers seven tracks whose energy swings between chaotic and cool.”
Shabazz Palaces’ live shows in support of Robed in Rareness continue with a performance Sunday, November 12th in Los Angeles at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel for the LA3C Music & Food Festival. Shabazz Palaces will also appear at My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday event in Quintana Roo, MX, on April 4th, 2023—additional live dates to be announced soon.
Sun. Nov. 12 - Los Angeles, CA - LA3C @ Theater at Ace Hotel
Thu. Apr. 04 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Fri. Aug. 05 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Sat. Aug. 06 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Sun. Aug. 07 - Quintana Roo, MX - Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Robed in Rareness
1. Binoculars (feat. Royce The Choice)
2. Woke Up In A Dream (feat. Lil Tracy)
3. P Kicking G (feat. Porter Ray)
4. Cinnamon Bun (feat. Lavarr the Starr)
5. Scarface Mace (feat. O Finess)
6. Gel Bait (feat. Geechi Suede)
7. Hustle Crossers