Digable Planets, the alternative hip-hop trio comprised ofIshmael “Butterfly”Butler,Craig “Doodlebug” Irving, andMaryann“Ladybug Mecca” Vieira have finally reunited!!The group’s debut album Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)was released in 1993 underPendulum Records.The album’s lead single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” became a crossover Top 20 Billboard hit, earning gold certification by the RIAA and winning the Grammy for BestRap Performance by a Duo or Group.Digable’s fusion of jazz with hip hop broadened hip hop’s reach and expand edits connection to music history, African American culture and the sounds of the streets.The trio’s second album in late 1994, Blowout Comb, organically integrated soul, jazz and live instrumentation with political consciousness, mixed in with happy observations of everyday life. Both albums are proven hip-hop classics thriving on listeners’ ability to relate, think, feel and be inspired. After Blowout Comb, the group decided to pursue solo careers–Butler created and is currently frontman for Seattle based hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces and Irving found the Philly based collective Cee Knowledge & theCosmic Funk Orchestra. Vieira created her group BROOKZILL! alongsidePrince Paul, Don Newkirk, and Rodrigo Brandão. Digable Planets came together again in 2005, releasing their compilation LP, Beyond the Spectrum:the Creamy Spy Chronicles; and in 2011for an appearance at the NXNEf estival in Toronto. Digable’s music is one of the guaranteed sounds in hip-hop to “put on, enjoy and vibe out to, with a rich undercurrent of history and thought.”The group is currently on tour and working on new music. This reunion has been a longtime coming and fans are ready!
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