Digable Planets - Blowout Comb

 (Limited Edition Clear with Purple Colored Vinyl + Insert)


Modern Classics Recordings


Hip Hop / Rap

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UPC: 826853290524
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Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 2

Double LP

Limited edition clear with purple colored vinyl + insert

Blowout Comb is the 1994 second album by cult, Brooklyn-based hip hop trio Digable Planets. The album is named for the combs used to maintain an Afro hairstyle, and that's significant. The group's Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler said it summed up what they wanted to do with it: "It means the utilization of the natural, a natural style," he has said.

Like with 1993's debut Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space), "utilizing the natural" meant creating hip hop that blended jazz with the formidable rap skills of the aforementioned Butterfly, Craig "Doodlebug" Irving, and Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira. Unlike that debut, it meant broadening to include guests such as Gang Starr's Guru, Jeru the Damaja, and Jazzy Joyce. After the gold-selling commercial success of their debut, they set out here to prove their artistic prowess. This is intelligent, alternative hip hop that sounded like party music.

Its lyrics are dense with wit, social commentary and politics — and its original inner sleeve was modeled on the newspaper of the Black Panther movement. Its instrumentation includes sax, vibraphone, and flute. Its samples — gathered from global crate digging trips while touring the first album around the world — included Grant Green, Eddie Harris, Shuggie Otis, and jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers (whose "We Live in Brooklyn, Baby" became "Borough Check" here). And yet at the same time its beats are infectious and its spirit undeniable.


Side A
1. The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug
2. Black Ego
3. Dog It

Side B
1. Jettin'
2. Borough Check
3. Highing Fly
4. Dial 7 (Axioms Of Creamy Spies)

Side C
1. The Art Of Easing
2. K.B.'s Alley (Mood Dudes Groove)
3. Graffiti
4. Blowing Down

Side D
1. 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
2. For Corners

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