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Black Up is the debut studio album by American hip hop duo Shabazz Palaces. It was released on June 28, 2011 in the United States on Sub Pop. The album was produced by Knife Knights.plcrs at Gunbeat Serenade Studio in Outplace Palacelands."[2]

Black Up
Black up.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 28, 2011
GenreExperimental hip hop[1]
Length36:01
LabelSub Pop
ProducerKnife Knights
Shabazz Palaces chronology
Live at Sasquatch 2010
(2011)
Black Up
(2011)
Live at KEXP
(2012)

Contents

ReceptionEdit

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [4]
The A.V. ClubA[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[6]
The Guardian     [7]
Los Angeles Times    [8]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A−[9]
NME8/10[10]
Pitchfork8.8/10[11]
Rolling Stone     [12]
Spin7/10[13]

Black Up received widespread critical acclaim; many commented on the experimental song structures and intricate lyricism. Review aggregator Metacritic gave the album a normalised rating of 83 out of 100, based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[3] Metacritic included Black Up in its "Midyear Report: The Best Music of 2011 So Far."[14]

In his review for MSN Music, music critic Robert Christgau said that, misleading titles notwithstanding, the album "improves mightily when the volume is high enough to break the beats into components so they're impossible to ignore."[9] Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times, viewed the album as proof that hip hop "still has an audacious progressive fringe."[15] Kitty Empire of The Observer wrote that, although it is not game-changing, Black Up resonate with listeners in a way the conventional hip hop cannot because each track is "lean and muscular, never losing sight of the fact that hip-hop should writhe inexorably forward."[16]

AccoladesEdit

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Mojo[17] UK Top 50 albums of 2011 2011 36
Popmatters[18] US 75 Best Albums of 2011 2011 30
Pitchfork Media[19] US Best Albums of 2011 2011 14
Hip Hop Is Read[20] US Top 25 Hip Hop Albums of 2011 2011 10
Epitonic[21] US Top 40 Albums of 2011 2011 4
Gorilla vs. Bear[22] US Albums of 2011 2011 1
Prefixmag[23] US Top 50 Albums of 2011 2011 1
The Seattle Times[24] US Best Pop Music 2011 2011 1
Potholes In My Blog[25] US Top 15 Albums of 2011 2011 1
Cokemachineglow[26] US Top 50 Albums of 2011 2011 1

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Free Press and Curl"4:16
2."An Echo from the Hosts That Profess Infinitum"3:15
3."Are You... Can You... Were You? (Felt)"4:48
4."A Treatease Dedicated to the Avian Airess from North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)"2:46
5."Youlogy"3:59
6."Endeavors for Never (The Last Time We Spoke You Said You Were Not Here. I Saw You Though.)"2:51
7."Recollections of the Wraith"3:36
8."The King's New Clothes Were Made by His Own Hands"2:07
9."Yeah You"3:21
10."Swerve... The Reeping of All That Is Worthwhile (Noir Not Withstanding)"5:10

PersonnelEdit

Shabazz Palaces
  • Ishmael Butler (aka Palaceer Lazaro) – vocals
  • Tendai Maraire – instrumentation
Additional personnel
  • THEESatisfaction – guest vocals
  • Blood – mixing
  • Dumb Eyes – artwork
  • Knife Knights – production

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wragg, Stephen (August 9, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces: Black Up". No Ripcord. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "Sub Pop – Black Up". Sub Pop. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for Black Up by Shabazz Places". Metacritic. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  4. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Black Up – Shabazz Places". AllMusic. Retrieved November 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Martins, Chris (June 28, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces: Black Up". The A.V. Club. Chicago. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael; Wete, Brad; Blauvelt, Christian; Anderson, Kyle (June 24, 2011). "Albums: July 1, 2011". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Andrews, Charlotte Richardson (June 24, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces: Black Up – review". The Guardian. London. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Weiss, Jeff (June 20, 2011). "Album Review: Shabazz Palaces' 'Black Up'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 12, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces/Street Sweeper Social Club". MSN Music. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Elan, Priya (June 21, 2011). "Album Review: Shabazz Palaces – 'Black Up'". NME. London. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  11. ^ Grandy, Eric (June 27, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces: Black Up". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Dolan, Jon (August 15, 2011). "Black Up". Rolling Stone. New York. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  13. ^ Reeves, Mosi (June 28, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces, 'Black Up' (Sub Pop)". Spin. New York. Archived from the original on July 4, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  14. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/feature/best-music-of-2011-so-far
  15. ^ Pareles, Jon (July 3, 2011). "Industrial Hip-Hop And Bouncy Sociopathy". The New York Times. p. AR14. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  16. ^ Empire, Kitty (July 2, 2011). "Shabazz Palaces: Black Up – review". The Observer. London. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. December 2, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  18. ^ Popmatters Staff. "The 75 Best Albums of 2011". Popmatters. Retrieved May 5, 2013.
  19. ^ Amanda Petrusich. "Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2011". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  20. ^ Ivan Rt. "The Top 25 Hip Hop Albums of 2011". Hip Hop Is Read. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  21. ^ Epitonic Staff. "Epitonic's Top 40 Albums of 2011". Epitonic. Retrieved February 9, 2012.
  22. ^ Chris. "contributor list: Top 30 Albums of 2011". gorillavsbear. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  23. ^ Staff. "best music of 2011: Prefix's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Prefixmag. Retrieved December 12, 2011.
  24. ^ Andrew Matson. "best pop music of 2011: Best pop music 2011: Seattle and beyond". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on December 31, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  25. ^ David Reyneke. "Top 15 Albums of 2011". Potholes In My Blog. Retrieved January 4, 2012.
  26. ^ Clayton Purdom. "Top 50 Albums of 2011". Cokemachineglow. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2012.

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