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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, Rovi
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We be to rap, what key be to lock!
how much do i gotta pay to get this song bumpin on the radio again!!!
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I luv it. It's original
Music that makes your smile ~°°~
leshan99
Drop S**t!!
U know what it is
Damn hip hop has got to come back
nicko252008
Man this is the slickest s**t from the 90's, haha hard rock Brooklyn kids! When music was about the artist and expression. Not a HOT beat. lmfao These kids nowadays don't know what's up.
hotness.
fogdump
First time hearing these guys. Got flows like tribe called quest. Pretty down yo
You down with Digable Planets? You a hipster! :)
Goldenera,
kik @ the.one.you. f e a r
U know what it is
Cool like dat
This was the good s**t! I have no idea what crap is being released now, with hip hop, rap and rock and roll and metal. Some of these bands need to go back top the drawing board, maybe actually take music and singing lessons...
The best in ol skool!
Can't stop playing their songs over nd over especially where I'm from
Love Digable Planets, BK all day every day!
The best in the east
Kendrick and nas gonna bring the era back
My 90's love is back... This is so smooth and so current. I'd listen to the radio if this was playing today. Check out Ish's new group Shabazz Palaces. Dope, great lyrics and innovative sound!
there will never be another era of hip-hop like it was back in the days of digable planets as well as groups from that era...it's all mostly bullsh.t now.
Amen bro
I miss groups like this one. Close your eyes. Take you to another level. The words are deep. I started listening Hip-Hop slick jazz because of Digable Planets
da713hustla
I couldn't have said it better myself, Prince Ice
Such great innovative hip hop came out from the 90's on back. While some beats of the millennium are hot they just don't stand the test of time compared to the classics of this era!
da713hustla
Manye!....Je t t i n ' is one of their most UNDERRATED tracks! Brings back a funner & simpler time before all of that BS by these wack cats that are out now.
When i listen to digable it bring me back to 93 house`n with cross color gear on......HA HA LMAO!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
wish they wouldnt have stopped /: still lov em tho DPs all day !
Real s**t.
Thats my sht. I love the throwbacks, man. Nggas dont know sht about that real hip hop.
This is HIP HOP!!!!!!!!
finally!!!!! i have a digable planets radio they have all three albums and this is the first time they play a song by them damn . lol u fukin up pandora
MUCH LOVE 2 THE PLANETS!!
did you know Ish was a Point Guard at UMass under John Calipari.
Ish represents the 206. He is a Garfield Bulldog and resides in Seattle.
Smooth Hip-Hop Classic
This is when hip hop funk was actually worth listening too !!!!!!!!!!!
vugh4
Shabazz Palaces Black Out one of the best albums of 2011
im coool like that i jive like that im stacked like that im slick like that.
Butterfly is Shabazz Palaces now out of Seattle. Digable Planets are reuniting for a show at the Neptune Theater at the end of this month. Seattle's got all man.
Where the hell these guys at they need to get back into flow and help save hip hop before it turns to s**t hell man.
Cool is whats up if you down with this cut
you must be cool if you were to like this song....
I'm chill like dat... I'm chill
Im kool like that
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