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Listening to "Lost Foundling" by Seattle's Shabazz Palaces
Posted by Andrew Matson
Shabazz Palaces at SXSW 2011; photo by me
"Lost Foundling" by Shabazz Palaces
As the world awaits Seattle rap act Shabazz Palaces' sophomore album "Black Up" — out May 31 on local label Sub Pop — we consider non-album track "Lost Foundling."
"Foundling"'s sudden switch-up at the one-minute mark takes it from a disheveled, erratic guitar jam, to a tightly composed robo-rap song. Once on its feet, its eyes are narrowed, synthesizer humming, drums clap-clapping.
As for what Shabazz helmsman Palaceer Lazaro is rapping about ... it's hard to know exactly. Trying to grasp anything about the song seems strongly discouraged:
"you're hanging by a thread / my style is the scissor"
I hear the first section as a described scene that feels urban, happens upstairs, is sweaty, and involves out-of-body experiences. I hear the second part as veiled and not-so-veiled jabs at writers and rappers.
Bonus video: check out Shabazz jamming on a cool Auto-Tune lullaby at SXSW 2011:
Dec 31 - 6:30 AM Premiere: 'Seattle Party' by Chastity Belt
Dec 31 - 6:00 AM 'Stop Biting' night at Lo-Fi now an album, mini doc
Dec 29 - 11:52 AM Were you there? 'The Rolling Stones' and Shabazz/THEESat
Dec 28 - 6:00 AM Top 40 of 2012, Seattle and beyond
Dec 27 - 6:00 AM Shabazz / THEESat: a history of high-concept Seattle shows