Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
In 1993, the Digable Planets, a trio of New York MCs with happy insect monikers (Doodlebug, Butterfly, and Ladybug) and nonthreatening auras, created manna for the pseudo-beatnik crowd. On Reachin': A New Refutation of Tim... more »
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In 1993, the Digable Planets, a trio of New York MCs with happy insect monikers (Doodlebug, Butterfly, and Ladybug) and nonthreatening auras, created manna for the pseudo-beatnik crowd. On Reachin': A New Refutation of Time and Space they melded jazz records, hip-hop beats, and rhymes--like Gang Starr and the Dream Warriors before them. Much to their dismay, the single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)," which combined their be-boppy flows with a catchy Art Blakey loop, captured the clove cigarette contingent. Their sleeper follow-up, Blowout Comb was a De La Soul-esque reaction to their pop success. They forsook the bohemians (and probably scared them as well) by waxing poetic about the Black Panthers and Fidel Castro and giving shout-outs to their peeps in the Five Percent Nation of Islam. Loaded with live instrumentation, the album includes "Black Ego," an interpolation of a popular Meters composition laced with nice guitar plucks, and "K.B.'s Alley," where a schizophrenic trombone perfectly complements their wordplay. Despite strong guest spots by vet female DJ Jazzy Joyce, Guru, and Jeru the Damaja, it's the hidden messages, somber mood, and understated beats of "9th Wonder (Blackitolism)" or "Dial 7 (Axiom Of Creamy Spies)" that outshine the gloss of their debut. --Dalton Higgins
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G*d Save the DP's
K. Piazza | Florida | 04/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Got this album when it first came out, then let someone borrow it and never saw it again. I just recently picked it up again. After listening to the whole thing through, I realized that this has to be the most nuanced hip-hop album ever made. It's almost depressing to listen to because this album makes you realize just how incredibly horrible hip-hop has become since. Of course, there's the ever-present but useless debate about which DP album is better but it just doesn't matter anymore. The DP's are artists in every sense and each track on this album is lovingly crafted and the whole thing just resonates with fierce creativity and a sensitivity not found anymore in this once groundbreaking genre that isn't so groundbreaking anymore."
Just the best hip-hop album ever.
Neil Edward Mullen | Ripon, WI USA | 02/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well this is the fourth time I've bought this album, but if something happens to this copy I will be happy to buy it again. It's just that good! This album is a must have for anyone who likes real hip-hop."