"We were ordained to build a bridge strong enough to span oceans, but don't fall off. Under the waters, we're waiting with paws each larger than the head of a lion, rows of teeth, and jaws stronger than a Megaladon. Together, we are the black leviathan, panther of the deep," is a pretty cryptic statement that doesn't reveal much at all about anything. Out of context, it doesn't make much sense. With context, it doesn't make much sense either. The context is, this snippet is from a press release about the formation of Chimurenga Renaissance, the side project of Seattle hip-hop duo, Shabazz Palaces. See, it doesn't make much sense but it's a heck of a way to introduce your project!

Shabazz Palaces released their acclaimed debut, Black Up, back in 2011, which seems so long ago now, on Sub Pop but have since been pretty quiet, apart from a few EPs released last year. Now, Ishmael "Palaceer Lazaro" Butler and Tendai "Baba" Maraire have teamed up with Hussein Kalonji to create Chimurenga Renaissance. The trio already have an album in the pipeline entitled riZe vadZimu riZe, which is due for release on March 25th featuring guest appearances from THEESatisfaction and Dead Prez member M-1.