Digable Planets ‘Reachin’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 9th February 1993

Label: Pendulum / Elektra

Producers: Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, Shane “The Doctor” Faber, Mike “Launching An Attack” Mangini

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) is the acclaimed debut album by alternative hip hop group Digable Planets. It was released on February 9, 1993, by Pendulum/Elektra Records. The album was produced by Digable Planets’ Ishmael Butler (“Butterfly”) and features raps from Butler, Irving and Viera. The production leans heavily on jazz samples, Butler explaining that “it was all about resources, really…I just went and got the records that I had around me. And a lot of those were my dad’s shit, which was lots of jazz. The whole concept of ‘We’re a jazz group’ didn’t go down like that. Except that DJ Premier was a big influence, and he sampled a lot of jazz.” Lyrically, the tone of the album is less overtly political than its successor Blowout Comb, but still touches on issues such as abortion rights (La Femme Fetal) and the drug abuses of jazz musicians (Last of the Spiddyocks). The album title derives from Nueva refutación del tiempo (“A New Refutation of Time”), an essay by Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, as well as the tendency of earlier jazz musicians in naming their albums (Moanin’, Cookin’, etc). The single “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” became a hit in 1993, breaking into the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and winning Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1993.”

Additional info:

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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