Though they were not the first to synthesize jazz and hip-hop, Digable Planets
epitomized the laid-back charm of jazz hipsters better than any group before or since. Their 1993 debut, "Reachin' A New Refutation of Time and Space"
took us on a mellow ride laced with samples from Sonny Rollins and Curtis Mayfield and offered the essential hit, "Rebirth of a Slick: Cool Like Dat"
. "Cool Like Dat"
topped the charts and can still ignite a party fifteen years later. After earning a Grammy Award for "Best New Group", Digable Planets went onto create their best album to date, Blowout Comb
. Successfully fusing jazz and hip hop, old school and street, Digable Planets eventually hit a roadblock, and creative differences prompted nearly a decade of solo projects and collaborations for the individual members.
As the ten year anniversary of Blowout Comb
approached, the group announced their reunion and promptly recorded Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles.
Blue Note released the work in 2005.