Catch The Digable Planets at the Jazz Cafe

By Anton Constantinou

Old School Saturdays celebrates everything old skool and timeless about hip hop: classic tracks,  vintage flicks, past gigs. Each week we’ll be diggin’ in the crates to best you the best throwback shizzle on offer. Enjoy!

Join hip hop trio, The Digable Planets, on their forthcoming tour, to mark the 20th anniversary of their sophomore album, Blowout Comb. Along with the likes of Tribe and De La Soul, Planets played a crucial part in helping to define the trendy jazz rap sound of 90’s New York. Best known for their crossover hit, Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),  they’re imaginative,  smooth, and eclectic enough to draw fans outside as well as inside the hip hop community.

Their first album,  Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), is as the name suggests: an interplanetary journey towards a higher plane of rap, rich with jazz samples and cerebral topic choices. Putting Planets on the map, it hit #5 on the Top RnB/ Rap albums of 1993, as well as later receiving a track by track analysis by music journalist, Brian Coleman, in his book Check The Technque.

Hot on it’s heels, Blowout Comb, released a year later, continued on the jazz rap vibe, this time with guest appearances from the late Guru  (Gangstarr) and Jeru The Damaja. Admittedly more stripped down in sound, it saw the group abandoning the radio friendly style of their first album in favour of live instruments and more politically minded themes. And that’s why this album is so exciting to listen to: it’s both atmospheric and educative. Our favourite tracks on the album are, Jettin’, 9th Wonder and Grafitti (see below).

The Blowout Comb anniversary tour will see Planet members, Doodlebug, Butterfly and Ladbug Mecca taking the stage, in Switzerland, Glasgow and Berlin between the 10th and 17th October. Supporting them are Fat Lip, from The Pharycde, and UK  DJ, Promoter and Entrepreneur, Spin Doctor. Those in London can catch them in the act at The Jazz Cafe on Monday 12th October. All tickets can be purchased now. Whether you’re a huge Planets fan, jazz aficionado, or lover of music in general,  this isn’t a tour to miss!


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