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kingblake
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posted 03 June 2005 05:51 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Man, has anyone else heard that the Digable Planets are touring and also about to put out a new album!

The DPs are probably my favorite hip hop band of all time. Their beats were very natural, often using live musicians. They also had very positive political messages. And Ladybug is probably the best female rapper I have ever heard, maybe tied with some early Lauryn Hill.

For some reason, they broke up about a decade ago, after only two albums. They seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth, and the only thing I could track down was a track off of a Camp Lo album, with one of them (Doodle?) as guest feature. Nothing else.

They're playing in Toronto next week!


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bear604/778
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posted 08 June 2005 08:02 PM      Profile for bear604/778   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by kingblake:
Man, has anyone else heard that the Digable Planets are touring and also about to put out a new album!

I really liked 'Blowout Comb', which came out around the same time as Arrested Development's "Five Years...in the Life".

After that hip-hop just went bling-blingy and awful.


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Jared
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posted 09 June 2005 02:56 AM      Profile for Jared     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
After that hip-hop just went bling-blingy and awful.

Oy! My rebuttal lies in records by Buck 65, the Anticon and Quannum labels, The Roots, Antipop Consortium (RIP), Jean Grae/What What or the first Dead Prez album for starters. Even though I do disagree with the statement, I understand why you feel this way when the media ignores the conscious and visionary hip-hop artists to focus on braised-pork IQs like Fitty.

I only own 'Blowout Comb' as well; they're one of those groups who I know of yet don't particularly know well. I'm a hip-hop fan, so considering their undoubtable (and well-chronicled) influence on many artists in my collection, this is a bit of an embarassing admission.

Sigh. So many records out there, so little time.

[ 09 June 2005: Message edited by: Jared ]


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bear604/778
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posted 09 June 2005 01:31 PM      Profile for bear604/778   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Jared:

Oy! My rebuttal lies in records by Buck 65, the Anticon and Quannum labels, The Roots, Antipop Consortium (RIP), Jean Grae/What What or the first Dead Prez album for starters. Even though I do disagree with the statement, I understand why you feel this way when the media ignores the conscious and visionary hip-hop artists to focus on braised-pork IQs like Fitty.

[ 09 June 2005: Message edited by: Jared ]


Word - and props to those you've shouted out to.


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CanadianOrangeRevolution
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posted 09 June 2005 02:11 PM      Profile for CanadianOrangeRevolution     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When I was a kid, I bought Blowout Comb for Cool Like Dat. I grew up in Southwestern New Brunswick in the pre-proliferation-of-the-internet days, so as you might well imagine I had little progressive influence; I had not ever really thought about abortion rights before, but the track Femme Fatale helped me side with women and their right to choose.

it was 8:49 on a beautiful 9th day of july
there was not a cloud to speak of so the orange sun hung
lonely in the sky
i was laying prone in my ?catbeat? home
listening to fine nappy jackie and his jazzcat's horn
sliding in a tape of bird on verve when suddenly rang my phone
hello butterfly a voice said
slip on some duds comb out your fro and slide on down to my pad
the vibe here is very pleasant and i truly request your presence
a problem of great magnitude has arose
and as we speak it grows
damn, what could it be i thought
a juice i bought and rolled on down to her pad
seeing bros i know slapping fives i arrived and pressed G-5
and there was nikki
lookin some kind of sad with tears fallin from her eyes
she sat me down
and dug my frown and began to run it down
"you remember my boyfriend sid that fly kid who i love
well our love was often a verb and spontaneity has brought a third
but do to our youth an economic state we wish to terminate
about this we don't feel great , but baby that's how it is
but the feds have dissed me
they ignore and dismiss
and the pro-lifers harrass me outside the clinic
and call me a murderer, now that's hate
so needless to say we're in a mental state of debate"
hey beautiful bird i said digging her somber mood
the fascists are some heavy dudes
they don't really give a damn about life
they just don't want a woman to
control her body or have the right to choose
but baby that ain't nothin
they just want a male finger on the button
because if you say war they will send them to die by the score
aborting mission should be your volition
but if souter and thomas have their way
you'll be standing in line unable to get welfare while they're out
hunting and fishing
it has always been around it will always have a niche
but they'll make it a privelege not a right


accessible only to the rich
pro-lifers should dig themselves
cause life doesn't stop after birth
and to a child borne to the unprepared
it might even just get worse
supporters of the h-bomb and fire bombing clinic
what type of shit is that? orwellian in fact
if roe v wade was overturned would not the desire remain intact
leaving young girls to risk their healths
and doctors to botch and watch as they kill themselves
i don't want to sound macabre
but hey, isn't it my job
to lay it on the masses and get them off their asses
to fight against these fascists
so whatever you decide make that move with pride

What a fantastic song. I realize that this sounds silly, but I credit it for my early teenhood transition from non-thinker to progressive.


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BeastieBikes
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posted 22 June 2005 12:39 AM      Profile for BeastieBikes   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The DP's show the other night was so dope!!!!

Brewing funk inside my soul kitchen, so pull up a chair, here's a bit, have a listen.
The insect tribe filled the Commodore Ballroom with so much love, peace and rhythm . The DP's have mad skills and so much talent.
Much love goes to the group of honey dip lovelies who let me in on those joint sessions. (I bought you that Kokanee) Special love to the sweet girl bumpin' up next to me. You are about 5'6" with shortish blonde hair braided into two little pigtails in the back. You told me your friends were from Whistler and I was talking about the show being part of "Rap History" and how much talent Lady Bug has. I also told you about the DP's playing in town about 12 years ago. Damn, I really hope I see you at one of the next shows.
I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on the amazing show, looking forward to the CD. World Peace People, World Peace. The Digable Planets have it going on!!!


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