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Jolowitz and I speak with Doodlebug aka Cee Knowledge, MC of the legendary Digable Planets, maybe the chillest, ultra-jazzy hip hop crew of the early 90’s.  We discuss the reasons behind the break up of Digable Planets, the content of modern hip hop, his current and future happenings, artists he regrets not working with, and his ideal setting to write lyrics, among other things.

Note: The Interview is broken up into 2 parts.

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I am quite familiar with Digable Planets‘ two album discography but until last week had no idea they did a track with Guru.  I didn’t have the song tagged in my iTunes as featuring the Roxbury, MA born rap legend, so I was flabbergasted upon hearing his very recognizable voice.  “Borough Check” is an ode to Brooklyn, NY, where the whole DP trio originated and where Guru dwelled.  It carries a simple, classic, drum-heavy beat throughout and the chill verses one would expect from this really cool collaboration.  I am a bit surprised it didn’t have a more jazzy sound considering how DP and Guru evidently love the jazz roots of hip hop, but no complaints here.

From the excellent album, Blowout Comb.

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Where I’m From” is off of Digable Planets‘ debut album, Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (1993) It was the first of only two albums the group created.  “Where I’m From” is an excellent example of their too chill, jazzy-rap.  They have the most jazz-influenced hip hop I’ve seen from the 90’s and seem to be one of the most under-appreciated crews of the time.  Digable Planets is a trio that includes Butterfly, Doodlebug, and Ladybug Mecca.  Their albums are completely self-produced (mostly by Butterfly) and are both worth getting your hands on.

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