Editors’ Notes Seattle surrealists Shabazz Palaces have proved themselves one of the more radically thoughtful—and thoughtfully radical—hip-hop projects of this century. Following a path charted by Afro-futurists from Funkadelic to Kool Keith, Born on a Gangster Star—a companion to the simultaneously released Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines—is both a rap album and a deconstruction of one, swerving through a jigsaw of soul (“Shine a Light”), synth ambience (“Federalist Papers”), and electro (“Eel Dreams”) with wit, cool, and a heavy dose of dream logic.

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Since C.A.Y.A.
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3:53
 
When Cats Claw
2
2:22
 
Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
3
2:41
 
Dèesse Du Sang
4
3:30
 
Eel Dreams (feat. Loud Eyes Lou)
5
2:45
 
Parallax (feat. The Palaceer Lazaro)
6
2:30
 
Fine Ass Hairdresser
7
3:04
 
The Neurochem Mixalogue
8
4:16
 
That's How City Life Goes
9
2:32
 
Moon Whip Quäz (feat. Darrius)
10
5:14
 
Federalist Papers
11
2:25
 

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