You know, sometimes things just fly right under the radar. I always try to be alert about such music but, hey, I’m only one man. Now, this project is something I literally heard about for the first time yesterday even though it’s been out almost a year now. Go figure.
If you’re into abstract rap shit, you’re probably aware of Shabazz Palaces. It’s the reincarnation of Digable Planets rapper “Butterfly” (now known as “Ish) and it is fantastic. He dropped a few ep’s and a full length over the last few years. If you like weird rap with a slight electro yet organic edge , I can’t recommend it enough.
So, yesterday, I discover he’s involved with a new project. Admittedly, I have no idea what’s really going on here but I’ve been told this is a side project from Tendai (a member of Shabazz palaces?). The album I’m linking here is just him but, apparently, the new album will be him, Ish and some other guy. Regardless, it’s pretty interesting stuff.
The first song I’m posting actually features Ish but the rest of the album is a solo album by Tendai.
Just a heads up, the instrumental part goes on for a while so, you might wanna skip ahead if you have a short attention span and wanna hear the actual rapping. Apparently, Tendai has adopted Ish’s flair for very long intros. It’s interesting cause the production is out there while the rapping is seemingly standard. Though, I’d argue there is more to him than one might presume from his first 4 bars.
Here’s a new song from the upcoming project:
Here’s a link to the whole album: