. . . get called the future of rap. Sorry for being two years behind this conversation, but the release of Shabazz Palaces' debut LP

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15 Years Ago Chris Farley Was Hushed Off a Seattle Stage for Yelling "Kill Whitey." Today, Shabazz Palaces Can Sing "Kill White T" and . . .

. . . get called the future of rap. Sorry for being two years behind this conversation, but the release of Shabazz Palaces' debut LP on Sub Pop nears, and the group/project/situation has been on my mind, but the irony didn't occur to me until this afternoon.

In his 1996 film Black Sheep (I know, right?), Chris Farley plays the bumbling brother of a gubernatorial candidate, Al Donnelly, played by Tim Matheson, the guy from Animal House who goes on to be vice president in The West Wing. While he's supposed to be keeping a low profile in the Wenatchee National Forest, Farley's Mike Donnelly sneaks into Seattle to attend a Rock the Vote concert featuring none other than Seattle's own Mudhoney. He lights up backstage, gets shoved onstage, and closes his minute in the spotlight with a very enthusiastic "KILL WHITEY!" which the mostly white crowd greets with silence.

On June 28, Sub Pop will release Black Up, the debut LP from Seattle's Shabazz Palaces, a band that earned a ravenous cult following on the backs of a pair of EPs, including the self-titled EP's opening track, "Kill White T . . ." Shipping the record from Sub Pop's headquarters will be none other than Mudhoney's Mark Arm, the label's warehouse manager.

Boy, how things have changed in 15 years.

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