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Shabazz Palaces Return With 'Lese Majesty' LP + Stream 'They Come In Gold'

Experimental hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces announce new album 'Lese Majesty' to be released on July 29th on Sub Pop Records


It seems as though the excellent Chimurenga Renaissance project wasn't all that Seattle-based afrofuturists Shabazz Palaces had in store for us in 2014. Three years after the release of their triumphant debut Black Up, news of a sophomore LP from Palaceer Lazaro and Baba Maraire came as the experimental hip hop duo previewed the new album during a recent hometown appearance at the Pacific Science Center Laser Dome.  Their new record is titled Lese Majesty — a subtle anglicization of the French 'Lèse-majesté' (which translates to an attack on either a sovereign power or deeply rooted beliefs and customs). The album will be out on July 29th via Sub Pop. Update: Stream "They Come In Gold" off Lese Majesty and see the album's tracklist below via GvsB.

Shabazz Palaces 'Lese Majesty'

Suite 1: The Phasing Shift

01 Dawn In Luxor

02 Forerunner Foray

03 They Come In Gold

Suite 2: Touch & Agree

04 Solemn Swears

05 Harem Aria

06 Noetic Noiromantics

07 The Ballad of Lt. Major Winnings

Suite 3: Palace War Council Meeting

08 Soundview

09 Ishmael

10 Down 155th in the MCM Snorkel

Suite 4: Pleasure Milieu

11 Divine of Form

12 #Cake

Suite 5: Federal Bureau Boys

13 Colluding Oligarchs

14 Suspicion of a Shape

Suite 6: High Climb To The Gallows

15 Mind Glitch Keytar Theme

16 Motion Sickness

Suite 7: Murkings On The Oxblood Starway

17 New Black Wave

18 Sonic Myth Map For the Trip Back

(H/T The Stranger via Consequence of Sound)

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A Year After #EndSARS, Nigerian Youth Maintain That Nothing Has Changed

Despite the disbandment of the SARS units, young Nigerians are still being treated as criminals. We talk to several of them about their experiences since the #EndSARS protests.

On September 12th, Tobe, a 22-year-old student at the University of Nigeria's Enugu Campus was on his way to Shoprite to hang out with his friends when the tricycle he had boarded was stopped by policemen. At first, Tobe thought they were about to check the driver's documents, but he was wrong. "An officer told me to come down, he started searching me like I was a criminal and told me to pull down my trousers, I was so scared that my mind was racing in different ways, I wasn't wearing anything flashy nor did I have an iPhone or dreads — things they would use to describe me as a yahoo boy," he says.

They couldn't find anything on him and when he tried to defend himself, claiming he had rights, one of the police officers slapped him. "I fell to the ground sobbing but they dragged me by the waist and took me to their van where they collected everything including my phone and the 8,000 Naira I was with."

Luckily for Tobe, they let him go free after 2 hours. "They set me free because they caught another pack of boys who were in a Venza car, but they didn't give me my money completely, they gave me 2,000 Naira for my transport," he says.

It's no news that thousands of Nigerian youth have witnessed incidents like Tobe's — many more worse than his. It's this helpless and seemingly unsolvable situation which prompted the #EndSARS protests. Sparked after a viral video of a man who was shot just because he was driving an SUV and was mistaken as a yahoo boy, the #EndSARS protests saw millions of young Nigerians across several states of the country come out of their homes and march against a system has killed unfathomable numbers of people for invalid or plain stupid reasons. The protests started on October 6th, 2020 and came to a seize after a tragedy struck on October 20th of the same year.

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