#TBT: Digable Planets
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Revisiting the short-lived genius of Digable Planets.
Tomorrow, Shabazz Palaces will release two albums: Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and its "extra-spatial twin" Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines. Hence, now would be an appropriate time to revisit Ishmael Butler's first big hip hop outfit, Digable Planets.
Digable Planets are one of the most important purveyors and innovators of "jazz rap," along with groups like A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul. Comprised of Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland), and Craig "Doodlebug" Irving (from Philadelphia), the Planets released two albums before disbanding: 1993's Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and 1994's Blowout Comb.
Click through the gallery to revisit the short-lived genius of Digable Planets.
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