Posts Tagged ‘digable planets’

Dropped Same Day: Digable Planets / O.C. / Scarface / Twista

Monday, April 1st, 2013

As we proceed to give you what you need. For this installment we have an odd mix. A trio from all over the country, a lyricist from Brooklyn, an MC from Houston and one from Chicago. Twista’s album was actually originally released only in the Chicago area.

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Tuesday, October 14th, 1994.

Four LPs: Digable Planets‘ sophomore, on EMI / Pendulum, O.C.‘s debut, through Wild Pitch, Scarface‘s third, via Rap-A-Lot and Twista‘s second, off Atlantic.

Pick your favorite and / or the best album, doesn’t matter.

Check other posts in the Dropped Same Day series here.

And feel free to state your case, leave corrections or post additional match ups you would like to see in the comments below.

— The Big Sleep

Random CDS Drops: Digable Planets – Where I’m From (1993)

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

“Califlower” track is availble on CDS only.


01. Where I’m From (Aural G. Ride 12)
02. Where I’m From (Ohridgnal 12)
03. Where I’m From (Aural G. Ride Novox Mix)
04. Where I’m From (DJ Boneus Beats)
05. Califlower (Spiddyocks Go West)

–>Download Where I’m From CDS<–


Digable Planets “The Art Of Easing”

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Stream: Digable Planets “The Art Of Easing”

Guru’s “Loungin'” portrayed the act of coolin’ out to mellow music as a therapeutic form of recreation shortly after Digable Planets’ own “Rebirth of Slick” drew a line connecting the bop and splendor of the great jazz players to the swagger and lingo of new school rappers. In his early career, Guru, presumably inspired by KRS-One’s advocacy of the rapper as an enlightened teacher of humanist philosophy, was an ardent champion of a rap version of “the life of the mind.” The second Gang Starr album Step In The Arena theorizes a a tough love teaching approach, whereby vanquished contenders humbly take on the role of students, contributing to their self-improvement by gradually mastering the superior poetic techniques and ethics of a victorious instructor. The Digable Planets debut  Reachin’ was less committed to didacticism but similarly committed to espousing thoughtfulness as the eminent attribute of a respected emcee.

When Guru branched off into his first Jazzmatazz project, he downplayed the competitive aspect of this process, opening enrollment to his new agey seminar on blissful living to anyone who could get down with the tepid blend of retro-funk, hip hop, and soul-jazz he pushed. Between their Reachin’ and their sophomore effort Blowout Comb, Digable Planets made a move that was nearly opposite, graduating from a Native Tongue inspired program of mind expansion into a politically militant, metaphorically dense lyrical style. Guru’s Jazzmatazz production is understated —almost to the point of soporific— in comparison to DJ Premier’s work on the Gang Starr albums. Blowout Comb, however is funkier and in its own way sharper  and more aggressive than Reachin’.

Even though some songs on Blowout Comb are laid back and almost ethereal, the sophisticated rhetoric of the lyrics gives the music an extra palpable force. This is nowhere more evident than on “The Art Of Easing.” (more…)

Shabazz Palaces: Re-mystifying Cool

Monday, December 13th, 2010

I have mixed feelings about Jay-Z’s Decoded. On one hand, it is exhilarating to tear through a book authored by a rapper wielding sufficient crossover clout to defend rap as meaningful poetry. On the other hand, fuck anyone who still doesn’t get it. Okay, that’s a bit extreme. Maybe what I mean is “fuck the idea that rap has to be made legible to the largest audience possible prior to being accepted as a valuable artistic expression.” And I don’t write those words simply to bash the bougie-come-latelys whose new appreciation of rap’s narrative of struggle might have been more useful back during the height of the crack epidemic, although it is admittedly fun to mock this clueless, gouty straw man.

I am also saying that there is plenty of rap music that is difficult to digest, and that’s okay. Sometimes such difficulty arises by design, as part of a conscious attempt to develop a sense of mystique. Such mystique is an invitation for the listener to revisit the work and derive a more profound meaning, after being awed by how cool mystique can look and sound. Although a deeper understanding is the ultimate goal, it is possible to consume and enjoy such works  before every line and allusion is gleefully curated on the printed page or made available for download on a Kindle. (more…)

Live Performance Videos Pt. 1

Friday, September 17th, 2010
“One of the great things about rap groups that were actually signed to major or semi-major labels is that they were occasionally given a chance to prove themselves as live artists”.
Well that is a quoted sentence our former blogger Thun wrote in the thread made by himself on T.R.O.Y. forum, reminding us of how great these live act are.
Thanks to konaube, tomekelu and especially one big thanks to Edy K for ripping and sharing that awesome yo mtv raps material!