Incoming: Digable Planets, Nov. 20

Just in my last post I discussed VH-1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs countdown, which brings me to another gripe: Digable Planets’ Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) at No. 62. That seems criminal for a song that really helped usher in that jazz-infused hip-hop style, an important period for the genre, even if it ain’t your cup o’ tea.

But whatever. That’s just an entry point for a more important issue: Digable Planets are scheduled to appear at Club Red in Tempe as part of another Blunt Club night.

Doodlebug told me more than two years ago that the group was working on a new record; who knows if that will ever come to fruition.

It’s hard to believe it’s already been three years since I saw them in Tempe after they reunited. Admittedly, it was a total nostalgia trip – wading in that strange, gray area between fond memories and the cruel passage of time. But what was encouraging to me was seeing so many young kids at the show, a clear sign there’s a need for what the DPs are doing (or, at least, what they did).


(If you don’t know … “Hip-hop made a point last year, right? But Planets is the joint this year, right?”)

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