Digable Planets
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Brooklyn, New York, U.S.


Hip hop, jazz rap, alternative hip hop

Years active

1992-1995, 2005-2011


Pendulum, Blue Note, EMI

Associated acts

Guru, Jeru the Damaja, Shabazz Palaces

Past members

Digable Planets was an American hip hop group based in Brooklyn, New York. The group consisted of Butterfly from Seattle, Ladybug Mecca from Maryland, and Doodlebug from Philadelphia. The group signed to Pendulum Records in 1992, and all three members moved to New York. They released their critically acclaimed debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), the following year and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The album's lead single "Rebirth of Cool (Slick Like Dat)" became a hit song, and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994.

The group's second album Blowout Comb was released in 1994, and was a stark departure from their previous album. It was much darker in content, less hook-oriented and more overtly political in its references to Black Panther and Communist imagery. The group disbanded in early 1995 due to creative differences.

In 2005, the members reunited and embarked on a reunion tour, which was followed by the release of a compilation album titled Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles. From 2009 to 2011, Butterfly and Doodlebug toured the USA, Canada and Europe with a live band, and supported acts such as Camp Lo and Butterfly's new group Shabazz Palaces. Although a new album was planned to be released in 2010, it was never released and the group disassembled again in 2011.

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