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Blowout Comb (Vinyl)

By: Digable Planets (Artist)

Current Price: $279.99

Digable Planets Artist Snapshot:

With the release of their 1993 debut, REACHIN': A NEW REFUTATION OF TIME AND SPACE, New York City's Digable Planets attempted one last infusion of positivity and enlightened conciseness into mainstream hip-hop before gangsta rap took over for good. The group's mix of Native Tongues-style Afrocentrism with classic jazz samples and a thoughtful approach to issues in the black community won them a Grammy in 1994. Unfortunately, the Planets' sophomore album, BLOWOUT COMB, though critically acclaimed, wasn't nearly as successful as their debut, and it effectively marked the band's end. The three members went on to various side projects, but in 2004 they reunited and began touring and working on a new album.

Track Listing

DISC 1 for Blowout Comb (Vinyl) Album By Digable Planets (Artist)
1   The May 4th Movement
2   Black Ego
3   Dog It
4   Jettin'
5   Borough Check
6   Highing Fly
7   Dial 7 (Axion of Creamy Spies)
8   The Art of Easing
9   K.B.'s Alley [Mood Dudes Groove]
10   Graffiti
11   Blowing Down
12   9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
13   For Corners

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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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