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December 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

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Shabazz Palaces announces first-ever Seattle concert Jan. 8 at Neumo's

Posted by Andrew Matson

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"A Mess..."

The best hiphop song out of Seattle this year is "A Mess..." by Shabazz Palaces. The beat and rhymes come from Ishmael Butler, the man behind Grammy-winning jazz-rap act Digable Planets. Shabazz Palaces plays its first-ever Seattle concert Jan. 8 at Neumo's. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

For a 20-minute live set from Shabazz at the KEXP studios, click here. For a breakdown of the Shabazz song that most sounds like the Central District at night, "Capital 5...," click here.

Below is the masterful first verse to "A Mess...," and after the jump, the song's untouchable early-Spike Lee-esque music video.

See, I'm just like you
Yeah, I know I'm a mess
Take a minute to think
Take an hour to dress


Got this pain in my neck
Came from staring at stars
Can't find the remote
Drinking driving my car


Keep looking for love
Finding beautiful pain
Told myself I should stop
But I'm at it again


Stirring up my Kool-Aid
Watch these gangstas parade
Pretty sisters get shunned
Bitch ni**as I fade


See, I'm from up the block
Wear my hat with a cock
Sometimes I hate my life
Wish I ain't love it so much


Addicted to her touch
Trying to find me a place
Trying to shine get my taste
Drinking dance to the cuts


Got issues with trust
Stay wondering why
Trying to feel it in here
Before I'm up to the sky


So what's ever your mic
Spit your game do it tight
Y'ain't promised daylight
So I'm stepping tonight


To go where
We
All
Go



Shabazz Palaces - "Belhaven Meridian" [OFFICIAL] from Kahlil Joseph on Vimeo.

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