Easily Shabazz Palaces's second-best effort.Sub Pop, 2017
6.5 / 10
The first of Shabazz Palaces‘s two 2017 albums, Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star is easily the better of the two. Mainly because it comes the closest to sounding like Black Up 2. Actually, it sounds like a worse version of Black Up. That album’s divide between oddity and sensible composition was 60/40. Gangster Star is closer to 70/30. It’s not a good look for this hip-hop group that, for its dabbles in electronica, is still very much hip-hop. Still, at least this Gangster Star has more good tracks than bad. For this reason, it’s the best Shabazz Palaces album of 2017, if not the second-best album they’ve ever done. Break out the wine coolers and stay up until 10:45 on a Friday night. You’ve earned that much, SP.