I had the opportunity to see the ultra funky Shabazz Palaces live a couple weeks ago. I’ve been to a lot of hip hop shows, and this particular show (without going too into it) was one of the coolest, most unique ones I’ve seen. The opener was Philly rapper/producer Lushlife who I was just as excited to see as the Palaces. I remember being at the show thinking “Damn! I hope these guys work together! How cool would that be?” And, as of this morning I found out they did! Shabazz Palaces remixed Lushlife’s team up with Heems “Hale-Bopp Was The Bedouins.” This is one of the most involved remixes I’ve ever heard. I mean that in a good way. In the world of hip hop, most remixes really are just an additional verse from a dude who wasn’t on the original. And, while that’s cool, Shabazz Palaces would never just settle for anything so simple. They’ve added all kinds of new sounds, an interview skit at the beginning, and chopped up Lushlife and Heems’ original vocals and making them into almost like cybernetic versions of the original raps.
But, there is also some traditional remix stuff at work here, too since Ishamael Butler aka Palaceer Lazaro (formerly known as Butterfly) contributed a verse. The Palaceer doesn’t collab with other artists much, so hearing his rap alongside Lushlife and Heems is dope. I love that he quotes Heems’ line “Do it for Lush…” Butler even says that over and over again, making it a kind of mantra. Of all the Lushlife songs, “Hale-Bopp” seems the most deserving of a Shabazz Palaces remix. I think that mostly because of the title. The music of Shabazz Palaces is very cosmic, but also very earthly. Think about that title “Hale-Bopp Was The Bedouins.” I don’t know what that means, but I picture ancient tribes meeting aliens who arrived here via the Hale-Bopp comet and…Well, look at that. My imagination has run wild. Check this song out and let your imagination run wild, too. And, if you haven’t heard anything by Lushlife, his album Plateau Vision is out now and has some incredible stuff on it!