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Digable Planets
Digable Planets was an American hip hop group based in New York City, New York. The group consisted of Butterfly from Seattle, Ladybug Mecca from Maryland, and Doodlebug from Philadelphia. They released their critically acclaimed debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), in 1993. The album's lead single "Rebirth of Cool (Slick Like Dat)" won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994. Digable Planet's second album Blowout Comb was released in 1994, and was a stark departure from their previous album as 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. Although a new Digable Planets album was planned to be released in 2010, it was never released and the group disassembled again in 2011. (Read more...)
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Critical Beatdown
Critical Beatdown is the debut album by American hip hop group Ultramagnetic MC's, released in 1988 on Next Plateau Records. Production for the album was handled primarily by the group member Ced-Gee, who employed the E-mu SP-1200 as his main sampler. Music journalists have noted the album for its innovative production, funk-based samples, self-assertive themes, ingenious lyricism, and complex rhyme schemes. Kool Keith's and Ced-Gee's lyrics on the album are characterised by abstract braggadocio, stream-of-consciousness narrative style, and pseudoscientific terminology. Although it charted modestly upon its release, Critical Beatdown has since been acclaimed by critics as a classic album of hip hop's golden age and new school aesthetic. The album's abstract rhymes in strange syncopations laid on top of sampling experiments proved widely influential, from Public Enemy and The Bomb Squad to gangsta rap to several generations of underground hip hop artists. (Read more...)
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