Tuesday, July 8, 2008

"I Be to Rap, What Key Be To Lock"

AND WERE BACK!!!! Thank you folks for joining our program in progress. Now Tiger Woods lines up for the putt on the 18th and, yes, this is for the championship. Tiger goes up to putt and... he MAKES IT, HE MAKES IT. Now the interview goes over to Tiger and asks him "Is there anyone who you would like to thank for this". Tiger: "Yes, I would like to thank family, friends and that cat with the dope blog. Um what's that place again...OH..Lyrics to Go (said in chorus like voice like Tip's).

That scenario for above was brought to you by the letters LTG and any number that comes to mind. ANNNKNEEETHEWHOOO, lets get back into this thang called blogging. Today on the menu we got some cats on operate on some other world vibe. But, these are some of the flyest people yous may ever meet. Still, have no idea of who I am digging (*HINT, MOTHERFING, HINT*) on. Well then Scroll on down (said in Bob Barker Voice manner):

DIGABLE PLANETS (said in children unison voice). I would get into their story but you don't want that. Oh wait you do. Well, one day... yada yada yada, blasha, blasha, blasha (Listen to CAMP LOWOAH, Trust Me), Look if you visit this blog you know these cats. Digable Planets style was basically in thier music: Laid back easing over tracks that usually had crpytic meanings (Think of the Field of Ms. Badu, just a little more easing). The tracks had some jazz to it that you felt like you could be a jazz club as you listened to their music (or at lieast I feeelss like that at times).

The group is a Trio of MCs consist of Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca. These three cats could straight up flow and a unique thing about this group is that the female MC (who is a Dime) was arguably the best MC in the group (Think Fugees, but earlier and not a lot singing). The group is most well known for their first album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and the hit single it spawned: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat). With that, This leads us into the subject of today's post: The Planets 12"s from their First Album.

*Sidenote: As much as people like ther first album, I actually like thier second album better for they grew as artist and you could hear that, but more on that in a future post*

Up to Bat First:

Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick(Cool Like Dat) 12"
This is the is the song the crew is most well known for (I mean everytime someone remebers them they say "Didn't they make "Cool Like Dat" and not really remeber the songs title"). This is one of, if not, the best song released by said planets. Butterfly was one of the main producers on the album and had to have a hand in this song's production creation. This song is just drenched in slickness. The bass kicks in and you have just entered onto another world. The Horns only add to the chill vibe of the world and the MCs can't help but just sweat themselves for how fly the be. Butterfly, Ladybug Mecca, and Doodlebug all zone on how cool they be and actually show off how what style of rapping the each of them encase as MCs. Everything, the production and Mcs, just mesh so well and it is no wonder this is the biggest hits by the Planets. This is proabably the most accessible these cats would be to the general public and this songs popularity propelled as foreruneers in the rap game (for a brief time) because they were non-threating and different from the norm of the rap game (in a certain way). Hey, they won a grammy for this song, so it was all good. The B-Side just featured remixes that could be considerd hit or misses, but hey, the attraction should be the song itself.

Digable Planets - Where I From 12"
The next single released by the Planets. This song was not as popular as their previousm but no less dope than their first single. The production on this track, is again, great (with the gutiar licks throw in for good measure) and the MC's just flow on where the be from. I like how they so general on this track on the topic of where the orginate from they say things that you can't really connect to one place. Look, they say they come from everywhere. *Sidenote - It is funny how much they repped NY, when none of them were bron or grew up in the NYC. The point here is that go to NYC and tell me you are the same person when you leave (someone tries to tell me something, but one stern look and they cut nonsense out). The 12" features remixes and the Ohridgnal (that's how they wrote it) with some bonus beats and..and a bonus song (you may digs it). Preety Dope 12" IMO.

Digable Planets - Nickel Bags
The Final Single released by the DP's. This is actually one of my favorite songs by them. Now, if you could not tell the connection the planets had with that Chronic, then you did not really listen to the album (actually, maybe you did not have it, so go cop that, and the second album, NOW).This song is so smooth with the MCs going at how they get lifted off "Nickel Bags of... Funk" see what they did there. They step correct on this track just not really getting to deep into things and just vibing off the music. The production is sweet with that repeated drum kick (i may be wrong and flute sounds just to add to airyness of the song (airyness not a word, don't give a DAMNNN (Said In Chris Tucker Smokey Voice)). The B-Side is actaully something different with a song from their album, Appointment At The Fat Clinic. The song has a fading horn sound with some crashing drums and other things you may hear, as the DPS digging on Jazz and it's stance in the rap game and also going on whatever came to mind (trust Me, When you hear this song you will believe Butterfly and Ladybug just freestlyed over the track.) Another Cool 12" by the DPs, Anyway!!!

So here is the:

Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) 12"
Where I'm From 12"
Nickel Bags 12"

and, of couuurrrseee, a little sum-something extra:

Digable Planets - Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

Digable Planets - Where I'm From (Remix Video)

Digable Planets - Nickel Bags

So now, the main event you have been waiting for (or just skipped down to download, but if you do this, leave a comment or ELSE (just kidding, but seriously, In James Earl Jones voice, have some message for John Q on this or any other post you feeel freee to discuss, it's all goooood):

Digable Planets - Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) 12"
1 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Crashing Giant Step Mix) (4:34)
2 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Crashing Instymix) (4:34)
3 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Albumix) (4:22)
4 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Instymix) (4:22)
*5 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Ohridgnal)
*6 Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) (Instrumix)

*Sidenote: These are not on the original 12", but I included them becuase if you really like the song, you would want original and the instrumental to it, wouldn't you?


Digable Planets - Where I'm From 12"
1 Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride 12") (4:48)
2 Where I'm From (Ohridgnal 12") (4:30)
3 Where I'm From (Aural G. Ride Novox Mix) (4:48)
4 Where I'm From (DJ Boneus Beats) (2:07)
5 Califlower (Spiddyocks Go West) (3:43)


Digable Planets - Nickel Bags 12"
1 Nickel Bags (Albumix) (3:23)
2 Nickel Bags (Sneak A Beshu) (5:22)
3 Nickel Bags (Instymix) (3:23)
4 Appointment At The Fat Clinic (Albumix) (3:22)
5 Appointment At The Fat Clinic (Instymix) (3:22)
6 Nickel Bags Of Bites (3:23)



illcuzz said...

your work is not in vain funny guy. thanks a lot for the labor of love. quality sh always..
jimmy would dug u

peace! (=nottheword2play)

illcuzz said...

oops. i meant jimi..

John Q said...

Thanks for noticing the post.

jorge said...

killing it with this post. absolutely devastating. thanks for the throwback and always keeping it quality.

vincentlopez said...

Now I'm waiting on you, Kevin or Ivan to put out the Digable Planets samples from their first two albums. And possibly the Boogiemonsters samples as well.


John Q said...

YO, Vince. Be on The lookout for DP Sets. Coming Soon to a Computer neaarr youuu....

Dub said...

Clearly I'm a year late on this post, but hey.... When it's good it's good. I remember when the first Digable Planets album was about to drop, our local radio station had an advance copy that they played over and over on the air. You just can't do that anymore! The buzz was over the top for this crew. In my opinion, they lived up to it.

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