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.
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 â€“ 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?”)