In 2011, Ishmael Butler as Shabazz Palaces joined Sub Pop for the label’s first hip-hop-orientated LP, Black Up. Today, Butler, who also makes up one third of hip=hop trio Digable Planets, announced he is now a member of Sub Pop’s A&R team. Black Up may have been the first MC-centric album the label has released, but the addition of Butler to the team may signal the flood gates.
With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Butler has seen trends and sub-genres come and go, so he’ll be able to lend his expertise (and his ear) to the label’s backend. In an interview with Billboard he goes into detail about what his role at Sub Pop will entail and how the entire thing came about. Though his new job is more traditional, he has made it clear the next Shabazz Palaces full-length takes precedent. But there’s still no word yet on when that will see the light.