Digable Planets
Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) [Light Blue Vinyl]

Modern Classics
mcr 924 / B0026639-01

First Date:
US - Reissue
Hip Hop / Rap
Digable Planets - Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) [Light Blue Vinyl]
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2018 Reissue on Light Blue Color Wax Vinyl.

Limited Edition of 500 Copies.

At a time when hip-hop was determined to snap your neck, a young, hip trio from Brooklyn (by way of Seattle, Philly, and Brazil) conspired on an uncommonly smooth new sound and freaky way of speak, a titanically chill expression of Black bohemia loaded with jazz idiom and a subversive Marxist bent—and pushed it worldwide via an undeniable crossover hit. 
Digable Planets’ 1993 debut, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), unexpected to all involved, produced a massive radio hit in “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group. Unduly lumped into an “alternative rap” subgenre they chafed at, the Dig Plans were dismissed by some as one-hit wonders, coming out of nowhere; but the Digable Planets concept, and what became Reachin’, had been in the works for close to five years, as group leader Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler wrote music and soaked up game in multiple cities, navigating the industry of hip-hop’s golden age. 
In the end, Butler, Mary Anne “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira, and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving came together to create a seamlessly articulated vision of urbane hiphop cool with an uncommonly literary bent that subtly pushed the hip-hop genre’s frames of reference and added breadth to rap music’s burgeoning political philosophy. Drawing on inspiration from Butler’s jazzbo father, the Black Panthers, Jose Luis-Borges, the Last Poets, and Jimi Hendrix, Reachin’ posited a theory of “universal beats”, narrated by three unearthly MC’s that had “split to Earth to resurrect the funk”, assuming curious, arthropodic aliases—a nod to the natural collective action of the insect world. In just four years the crew would record two beloved and ambitious LPs before disbanding. 

Out of print on wax domestically since 1993, Reachin’ captures one of the last gasps of rap music’s jazzy, upbeat adolescence in the early 90’s—those warm, blissed-out grooves every bit as slick as when they were laid way back when. Put this on, roll up with your crew and bug out again with the insect tribe. 

This first vinyl reissue comes as an expanded double LP for improved sound including deep liner notes by Larry Mizell Jr. interviewing Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler. 
The 2LP is housed in a deluxe wide spine jacket with booklet, printed inner sleeves and lyrics included for the first time!

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A1. It's Good To Be Here Butterfly05:06play
A2. Pacifics Butterfly04:31play
A3. Where I'm From Butterfly04:35play
A4. What Cool Breezes Do Butterfly03:22play
B1. Time & Space (A New Refutatio...Butterfly03:33play
B2. Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like D...Butterfly04:19play
B3. Last Of The Spiddyocks Butterfly04:28play
C1. Jimmi Diggin' Cats Butterfly03:42play
C2. La Femme Fetal Butterfly04:35play
C3. Escapism (Gettin' Free) Butterfly03:22play
C4. Appointment At The Fat Clinic Butterfly02:58play
D1. Nickel Bags Butterfly03:19play
D2. Swoon Units Butterfly04:00play
D3. Examination Of What Butterfly04:45play
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