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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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Albums by
Digable Planets

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    Blowout Comb

    14 songs

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    Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)

    13 songs

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    Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles

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    Blowout Comb [LP]

    5 songs

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    Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)


Top Songs by
Digable Planets

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
  3.   Where I'm From
  4.   9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
  5.   What Cool Breezes Do
  6.   Nickel Bags
  7.   Jettin'
  8.   Jimmi Diggin Cats
  9.   Pacifics
  10.   Dial 7 (Axion of Creamy Spies)
  11.   It's Good to Be Here
  12.   Examination of What
  13.   Swoon Units
  14.   Dog It
  15.   Dedicated
  16.   Escapism (Gettin' Free)
  17.   For Corners
  18.   Last of the Spiddyocks
  19.   No Name
  20.   Blowing Down
  21.   Graffiti
  22.   Highing Fly
  23.   Appointment at the Fat Clinic
  24.   La Femme Fétal
  25.   The May 4th Movement
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Digable Planets

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    Intellectual Hip Hop

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    Masters Of Hip Hop

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    Backpack Rap

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    One-Hit Wonders

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    Old School Rap

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    Music To Watch the Grass Grow

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    Acid Jazz

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    Underground Hip Hop

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    The Current


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