Shabazz Palaces will release the Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star, their spectral third album, worldwide on July 14th through Sub Pop. The album, featuring highlights “Shine A Light” (ft. Thaddillac), “Since Caya,” and “Moon Whip Quaz” (ft. Darrius), was produced by Knife Knights (aka Ishmael Butler and Erik Blood) and recorded and mixed by Blood at Protect and Exalt Labs: A Black Space in Seattle.Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is the follow-up and first batch of new material since the group’s critically acclaimed Lese Majesty,which was released in 2014.
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star serves as both an introduction and tells the tale of Quazarz, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
The Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces says of his extraterrestrial persona: “I, Quazarz, Born On A Gangster Star, son only of Barbara Dream Caster and Reginald The Dark Hoper – he who rides on light – dreamer of the seventh dream and kissed eternal by Awetthe Sun Scented – who far from home I found my same self differents in those constellies that be Dai at my weap-side immediate and all us Water Guild affiliates who revelries in the futures passed recordings and ceremonies flexing resplendent in the Paradise Sportif armor – raising these musics a joy/cry that way into these aquadescent diamondized ethers of the Migosphere here on Drake world. Welcome To Quazarz.”
Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star is now available for preorder on CD / LP / DL / CS from Sub Pop [link here]. LP pre-orders through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers, will receive the limited Loser edition on colored vinyl. There will also be a new T-shirt design available.
Shabazz Palaces will support Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Starwith North American tour dates that currently span May 13th through September 17th. The tour will include stops in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Boston, Brooklyn, Washington, D.C. Philadelphia and more. Additionally, festival appearances include Upstream Music Fest (May 13th), and Chicago’s Riot Fest (15th-17th).
May 13 – Seattle, WA – Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017
Aug. 16 – Portland, OR – The Star Theater
Aug. 18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theatre
Aug. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Aug. 23 – Austin, TX – Mohawk (Outdoor Stage)
Aug. 24 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
Aug. 25 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
Aug. 26 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Aug. 27 – Charleston, SC – Music Farm
Aug. 28 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Aug. 30 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
Aug. 31 – Detroit, MI – El Club
Sep. 02 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Sep. 05 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Sep. 06 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Sep. 07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Sep. 08 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Sep. 11 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall
Sep. 15 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 16 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park
Sep. 17 – Chicago, IL – Riot Fest at Douglas Park