Shabazz Palaces—the experimental rap group comprising Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire—have released “Fast Learner,” the first taste of their forthcoming The Don of Diamond Dreams LP.
For the groovy track, the duo enlisted the help of singer Purple Tape Nate, who previously appeared on the pair’s 2017 LP, Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines. “Deep inside your mind paint a picture / Echoed through the time like a scripture,” Butler raps over a futuristic drumbeat, with backing vocals from Nate.
The Don of Diamond Dreams will be Shabazz Palaces’ fifth studio album on longtime label Sub Pop. Last year, they teamed up with clipping. for “Aquacode Databreaks.”
The Don of Diamond Dreams is due out April 17. While you wait for it to drop, check out “Fast Learner” here: