Riff: Shabazz Palaces – “#Cake”

Jun 26, 2014

Lord forgive me all these pleasures sought/He said my son just doith what with though art/Will I ever have a clear mind/Simple pleasures equal good times

from #Cake lyrics by Shabazz Palaces

Weird for the sake of being weird, but not to the extent that it leaves you annoyed. The motif is simple, using the cake analogy as a way to examine the overindulgent rap game, and it hits with the type of subtle poignancy we’ve come to expect. The primal urges in the beat only enhance the flavor.

Riff by Jeff Min

Jeff Min is a Chicago-based writer at SONGLYRICS. His work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Hi-Fructose, Wax Poetics, SLAM, and HOOP.

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