One of the greatest things about Hip Hop is it's ability to change and adapt. That's one of the main reasons why it consistently reaches new listeners and tops charts all over the world. The kind of Hip Hop I am bringing to you attention today is not the sort that will ever top charts. but it is the sort that's exploring the cutting edge of Hip Hop.
Shabazz Palaces is a Sub Pop signing of the ex-Digable Planet's rapper Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler. It is a departure from the positive jazz influenced vibe of his previous band, treading new sonic ground entirely.
It's not very often that new acts come along like this, but the first time I heard a Shabazz Palaces track really sent my mind back to the first AntiPop Consortium record. Just unabashedly forward thinking HipHop. Very exciting... Please check it.