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Digable Planets

Though they were not the first to synthesize jazz and hip-hop, Digable Planets epitomized the laid-back charm of jazz hipsters better than any group before or since. The trio's 1993 debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), was a mellow ride packed with samples from Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, and Curtis Mayfield, and the single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" became a Top 20 pop hit. After earning a Grammy for Best New Duo or Group and embarking on an ambitious tour that included several live musicians, the Planets returned in late 1994 with their best album yet. Blowout Comb continued the group's jazz-rap fusion, but also saw them branching out to embrace the old school sound of the street as well.

Digable Planets formed in the early '90s, when Butterfly (b. Ishmael Butler, Brooklyn, NY) met Ladybug (b. Mary Ann Vieira, Silver Springs, MD) while attending college in Massachusetts. The two later hooked up with Doodlebug (b. Craig Irving, Philadelphia, PA), in Washington, D.C., and began recording. Their first single, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," released on the Pendulum subsidiary of Warner, hit the R&B Top Ten while their debut, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), was a critical and commercial success. Digable Planets' resulting tour had a laid-back vibe more in keeping with a jazz show than any hip-hop concert, though the live musicians were criticized for doing little more than re-creating samples from the album. The trio solved that problem with the release of their second album, Blowout Comb, in late 1994. Much stronger than its predecessor, it used fewer samples and even included several solos. With no strong single to carry it, however, Blowout Comb's sales performance was not up to that of Reachin'. After Blowout Comb, Digable Planets basically dissolved due to the dreaded "creative differences". All three continued making music separately, but despite many promises that the recordings would become actual releases, nearly a decade passed before releases appeared from Butterfly's Cherrywine project, Ladybug's new billing Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug's Cee Knowledge. Then, just a few weeks shy of the ten-year anniversary of Blowout Comb, the three announced that they had reunited to record their third Digable Planets album. A compilation, Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles, filled the gap while fans waited for its release. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond The Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles

1. Intro

2. Dedicated

3. Nickel Bags

4. Jettin'

5. Where I'm From (Remix)

6. Three Slim's Dynamite

7. Dog It

8. Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

9. Dial 7 (Axioms Of Creamy Spies)

10. Graffiti

11. Pacifics

12. 9th Wonder: Blackitolism (Elaine Brown Mix)

13. Where I'm From (LP Version)

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Track List: Blowout Comb

1. The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug

3. Dog It

4. Jettin'

5. Borough Check

6. Highing Fly

7. Dial 7 (Axioms Of Creamy Spies)

8. The Art Of Easing

9. K.B.'s Alley (Mood Dudes Groove)

10. Graffiti

11. Blowing Down

12. 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)

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Track List: Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)

1. It's Good To Be Here

2. Pacifics

3. Where I'm From

4. What Cool Breezes Do

5. Time & Space

6. Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

7. Last Of The Spiddyocks

8. Jimmi Diggin Cats

9. La Femme Fetal

10. Escapism (Gettin' Free)

11. Appointment At The Fat Clinic

12. Nickel Bags

13. Swoon Units

14. Examination Of What

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sharrison92
Your history isn't quite right. They met in school in D.C., Howard University to be exact.
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Groovy
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That baseline yo!
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Throws me back to a Walkman
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very groovy synchopation
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Way back
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Untouchable. Takes me back...
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SIMPLY PUT " DOPE "
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Reflection is dope when you remember the 90s. 39 years old and I feel for the youth of today there is no one spreading these vibes now a days.
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One of the best groups EVER!!!! Nuff Said (WO-SKI/LAB 709)
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lvmanzanita2
Agreed, cause they're cool like that!
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so wish they had stayed as a crew, much needed today!!!
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ButterFly!!
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Reminds of better dayz
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I've always liked that song.
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Cool like dat caused me to start listening to these guys.
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we be to rap what key be to lock
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So cool like that...... CLASSIC!!! NEVER GETS OLD....
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Gotta listen to D.P.s to get tha message. Deep az an oil dig!! Food fo thought!!
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The Planets are gods--never tire of Reachin', especially on a Sunday!
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Peace to tha godz! Still slept on! Bigup Ish! Love you Reli!
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I love jazz rap <3
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They were dope! They had a cool a** vibe!
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"Reachin'" for my "Blow Out Comb" then goin "Beyond The Spectrum"
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Now this is hip-hop #classic
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Again- love it- I Black like that - wow- me too. I'm Hebrew -Yisralite like that "I am " this was the jam back in the day. I like Jazz - like THAT. Peace like that- move like that. - I read like THAT. WHAT U BE LIKE THAT !!! I'm out , like THAT! ......
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Well,im cool like dat
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"We be to rap what key be to lock"...clas s i c .
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lilacs13
A female feminine flicking genius!!!!
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Man I love Digable Planets. Classic.
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Ladybug, loosening, & mecca mayne dis is a classic fo sho
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A female rapper that sounds feminine! What A rarity!!!
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Im weak like that
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man this is the shitznit
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I love this group, Rebirth of Slick is the shhh. That was the best hip-hop song that came out of the 90's'', I love how they infuesd jazz and hip-hop together. It gave hip-hop some much needed sophisticati o n , during a time, when rappers was calling women b*thces &ho's. That song was a nice exscape from that. This song takes me back to my days going to Jr high/high school, I didn't like those days, but I love the music. Class of 97, holler.
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chadwood24
keeps it funky
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Love them! They came out at thewrong time. Ppl didn't understand them smh
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How they flow with their lyrics is awesome that's what had made them unique like bone thugs n harmony and camp lo
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Cool like dat(:
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there needs to be a 90's station on the radio that plays all 90's music rap rock etc
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We be to rap, what key be to lock!
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how much do i gotta pay to get this song bumpin on the radio again!!!
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I'm listening to Fleaux Radio: http://pdora . c o / 1 n 9 M A d g
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I luv it. It's original
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Music that makes your smile ~°°~
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Drop S**t!!
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U know what it is
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Damn hip hop has got to come back
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hotness.
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First time hearing these guys. Got flows like tribe called quest. Pretty down yo
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