Shabazz Palaces - 20 Gear Science

  • Celestial hip-hop from the elusive Afrofuturist duo.
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  • "I got like 20 gears, he ain't changed his rap style in 20 years," raps Ishmael Butler on Shabazz Palace's new single. It's a well-earned brag from a rapper who's somehow spent three decades reinventing himself and staying relevant. The single is from an upcoming compilation of the duo's unreleased material, and with Tendai Maraire (production) announcing his departure, it makes for a solid reminder of the mind-warping magic they've conjured together over the years. "20 Gear Science" is a celestial body—spacey synths and Butler's vocoder-drenched vocals make it all feel like a transmission from somewhere in outer space. Whichever gear they're in here, it works.