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Digable Planets Biography


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Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years Active: 1992-1995, 2005-present
Genres: Jazz Rap, Alternative Hip Hop, Acid Jazz


Digable Planets is an American alternative hip hop trio based in New York City, composed of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland) and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving (from Philadelphia).

They released their debut album, “Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space),” in 1993, which was certified gold by the RIAA. The album's lead single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” in 1993 became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Their follow-up album, “Blowout Comb,” was issued in 1994. This album departed from their debut by including feature appearances from outside artists, such as Jeru the Damaja and Guru of Gang Starr. Shortly after this release the trio parted ways, citing “creative differences,” though they've re-united to perform shows in more recent years.