Friday, July 15, 2016

SHOW ALERT: Digable Planets at Woodward Theatre Monday, July 18

Digable Planets - Credit: Chris Lee

If I had to choose just one rap album to listen to for the rest of my life it would be 90’s hip-hop trio, Digable Planet’s debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time And Space).  Released is 1993 - when I was in eighth grade - the album was an instant favorite for its cool jazz-inspired samples and abstract yet positive-minded lyrics.  The album was led by the smooth, Grammy-winning single, “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat” but became a cult classic in the years since.  The NYC-based trio – consisting of Butterfly (Ishmael Butler also of Shabazz Palaces), Ladybug (Mary Ann Vieira) Doodlebug (Craig Irving) – split up after releasing Blowout Comb, their just-as-great sophomore album in 1994 and were long dormant except for a handful of reunion dates scattered over the years. 
In celebration of 25 years as a band, Digable Planets have reunited this year for a lengthy tour this spring and summer that includes a stop at the Woodward Theatre in Cincinnati on Monday, July 18.  Likeminded rap group Camp Lo will perform as well.
For tickets and more info:

Watch Reachin’ track “Where I’m From” here: 


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