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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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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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nicko252008
The REAL sh*t right here
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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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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.
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hotness.
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fogdump
First time hearing these guys. Got flows like tribe called quest. Pretty down yo
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You down with Digable Planets? You a hipster! :)
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Goldenera,
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kik @ the.one.you. f e a r
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U know what it is
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Cool like dat
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terry.reese7 3
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...
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The best in ol skool!
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Can't stop playing their songs over nd over especially where I'm from
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Love Digable Planets, BK all day every day!
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The best in the east
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Kendrick and nas gonna bring the era back
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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!
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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.
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Amen bro
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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
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da713hustla
I couldn't have said it better myself, Prince Ice
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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!
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