DIGABLE PLANETS' 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), unexpected to all involved, produced a massive radio hit in “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. Unduly lumped into an “alternative rap” subgenre they chafed at, the Dig Plans were dismissed by some as one-hit wonders, coming out of nowhere; but the Digable Planets concept, and what became Reachin’, had been in the works for close to five years, as group leader ISHMAEL "BUTTERFLY" BUTLER wrote music and soaked up game in multiple cities, navigating the industry of hip-hop’s golden age. In the end, Butler, MARY ANNE "LADYBUG MECCA" VIEIRA and CRAIG "DOODLEBUG" IRVING came together to create a seamlessly articulated vision of urbane hiphop cool with an uncommonly literary bent that subtly pushed the hip-hop genre’s frames of reference and added breadth to rap music’s burgeoning political philosophy. Drawing on inspiration from Butler’s jazzbo father, the Black Panthers, Jose Luis-Borges, the Last Poets, and Jimi Hendrix, Reachin’ posited a theory of “universal beats”, narrated by three unearthly MC’s that had “split to Earth to resurrect the funk”, assuming curious, arthropodic aliases—a nod to the natural collective action of the insect world. Out of print on wax domestically since 1993, Reachin’ captures one of the last gasps of rap music’s jazzy, upbeat adolescence in the early '90s—those warm, blissed-out grooves every bit as slick as when they were laid way back when. Put this on, roll up with your crew and bug out again with the insect tribe. Received an 8.7 Best New Reissue rating from Pitchfork.
Digable Planets: Reachin' (a New Refutation Of Time And Space)
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Pacifics Digable Planets 00' 00''
Where I'm From Digable Planets 00' 00''
What Cool Breezes Do Digable Planets 00' 00''
Time & Space (A New Refutation Of) Digable Planets 00' 00''
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) Digable Planets 00' 00''
Last Of The Spiddyocks Digable Planets 00' 00''
Jimmi Diggin Cats Digable Planets 00' 00''
La Femme Fetal Digable Planets 00' 00''
Escapism (Gettin' Free) Digable Planets 00' 00''
Appointment At The Fat Clinic Digable Planets 00' 00''
Nickel Bags Digable Planets 00' 00''
Swoon Units Digable Planets 00' 00''
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