Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Shabazz Palaces
Album: Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 200 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

…speaking of air and darkness, Born on a Gangster Star came into the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island. You can see it happening, but then again it’s so gradual that the next thing you know—it’s dark. Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the rubble. Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazar, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity. Inspired by days on end spent in the waves—water and light, both—of Southern California, the work came to the Palaceer in a flash, like being picked up by something and carried. Always dribbling with his head up, he can see what’s going on around him and react to it, rather than starting in a certain direction and hoping to achieve something upon arrival. What’s good?—the kids ask. What does it even mean, and what does it even matter? Who is behind these choices? We are all of us sitting under a waterfall of all. this. shit. But it’s the excess that is casting us into ruts. The Palaceer stays away from the fleeting and the superficial nonessential. Stay away from your device—your phantom limb—and stay away from your image—your phantom self; that is his decree. Considering the motions behind the things you like to consume artistically, rather than just the way something looks or sounds, and thinking in layers, and trying to be more considerate and not so self-oriented—this is his medicine for combat. Born on a Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces’s fire and fury. For the Palaceer, that sense is all about how the groove is moving, and the supernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearing here, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas, Thundercat, Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Thaddillac, Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine, and Blood. The story belongs to Quazarz, but the air and darkness belong to us. And so we shine a light on the fake.

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Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines (2017) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Shabazz Palaces
Album: Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 239 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines is one of two new albums by interstellar hip-hop enigma Shabazz Palaces, aka Ishmael Butler (who, in another galaxy, performs in Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire. Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, and its companion, Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star, were both produced by Knife Knights (i.b e.b.) and mixed by Blood. Both albums come out July 14th, 2017. Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story. The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became. On Quazarz when they look at this place they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don’t assess as we do. And so Quazarz was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about. Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth. The machines—he noted—though at the behest of their master’s voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell. And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that—it should be noted—to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.

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Future – HNDRXX (Bonus Tracks Edition) (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Future - HNDRXX (Bonus Tracks Edition) (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Future
Album: HNDRXX (Bonus Tracks Edition)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 428 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Released within two weeks of his 2017 self-titled project, HNDRXX is a master statement of soulful, sly R&B from the Atlanta rapper. If FUTURE echoed the spontaneity and double-time flow of his now-classic mixtapes, the follow-up is stacked with anthems that are calibrated for a massive mainstream audience. Two marquee cameos—The Weeknd and Rihanna—add extra star power, but highlights like “Damage,” “Incredible,” and “Fresh Air” are all about Future’s brilliant mix of brutal honesty and gloriously unchecked hedonism.

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Future – FUTURE (Bonus Tracks Edition) (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Future - FUTURE (Bonus Tracks Edition) (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Future
Album: FUTURE (Bonus Tracks Edition)
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 425 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

It feels right that Future’s first self-titled release allows his different personas to grab the mic: Depending on the track, he’s the party starter, the ladies’ man, the hustler, or the hedonist. FUTURE pays homage to the ATL rapper’s roots (and now-legendary string of underground mixtapes) with plenty of 808 boom, warped synths, and jittery rhymes. When his lyrics look back on the experiences that shaped him—especially with tracks like “Feds Did a Sweep” or “When I Was Broke”—it’s a hypnotic glimpse into the mind of Atlanta’s trap king.

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Jay-Z – 4:44 (2017) [WEB FLAC]

Jay-Z - 4:44 (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: Jay-Z
Album: 4:44
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 214 MB
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

The 13th full-length solo studio release for the rapper was produced by No I.D. and features guest appearances from Beyonc, daughter Blue Ivy, Gloria Carter (his mother), Damian Marley, Frank Ocean and The-Dream. It is currently only be available to Sprint customers and Tidal subscribers.

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MC Eiht – Which Way Iz West (2017) [WEB FLAC]

MC Eiht - Which Way Iz West (2017) [WEB FLAC] Download

Artist: MC Eiht
Album: Which Way Iz West
Genre: Hip-Hop
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 269 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Veteran West Coast gangsta rapper MC Eiht dedicated much of his life to rap, beginning his seminal career with Compton’s Most Wanted (CMW) while only a teenager. Despite his youth, Eiht’s contributions helped catapult CMW to national fame in 1990 with It’s a Compton Thang. The group followed the lead of fellow Compton gangsta rappers N.W.A, but were a bit less controversial and, in turn, much less popular. CMW released two more albums — Straight Checkn ‘Em (1991) and Music to Driveby (1992) — before Eiht began his solo career in 1993 with the group’s producer, DJ Slip, in tow and “Steiht Up Menace” as his solo debut single. His debut solo album, We Come Strapped, topped Billboard’s R&B album chart a year later. Eiht’s sales numbers unfortunately went downhill from there, though he retained a cult audience over the years and remained loyal to longtime affiliates Slip and Mack 10.

Born Aaron Tyler in Los Angeles, Eiht began his career as part of CMW while still a teenager. After the song “Rhymes Too Funky” became a local hit, the group signed to Orpheus, who released three albums by the group: It’s a Compton Thang (1990), Straight Checkn ‘Em (1991), and Music to Driveby (1992). These albums offered several singles for the group, but none measured up to Eiht’s solo debut, “Streiht Up Menace,” in 1993. The Slip-produced ballad came from the Menace II Society soundtrack, a popular film Eiht had acted in. Following the success of this single, Eiht signed to Sony’s Epic Street division and entered the studio with Slip to record his full-length solo debut, We Come Strapped. Billed as “MC Eiht Featuring CMW,” the album didn’t really feature anyone from CMW except the rapper and producer. Nonetheless, the album debuted atop Billboard’s R&B album chart despite lacking an omnipresent lead single and reached the Top Five of the pop album chart. The album also garnered headlines for featuring not one, but two parental advisory stickers (Sony claimed no responsibility for the lyrical content).

None of Eiht’s successive albums were as successful as We Come Strapped, though some were arguably better. Following his initial success in 1994, the rapper returned in 1996 with Death Threatz and 1997 with Last Man Standing. Both albums featured production by Slip and were arguably better albums than Eiht’s chart-topping debut, yet Epic remained unimpressed and parted ways with the Compton gangsta rapper. It didn’t take long for Eiht to return, though. He signed to Mack 10’s Priority-distributed Hoo Bangin’ label and recorded Section 8 (1999), his most diverse album to date, if not his best. In successive years, Eiht recorded albums on an annual basis: “N” My Neighborhood (2000), Tha8t’z Gangsta (2001), and Underground Hero (2002), all but Tha8t’z Gangsta for Hoo Bangin’. None of these albums topped the charts, but Eiht continued to move his career forward. For instance, he appeared alongside Ice Cube and Mack 10 in the 1999 film Thicker Than Water and even reunited with Compton’s Most Wanted in 2000 for Represent. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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