The album was produced by Digable Planets' Butterfly and features raps by each of the group's members. There are no guest performers on Reachin', but the production is heavily sample based. Butterfly samples artists including Kool & the Gang, James Brown and Herbie Hancock to provide the album with funky and jazzy beats. The lyrics tend to cover a wide scope of subject matter including the right to abortion ("La Femme Fetal"), the coolness of Digable Planets ("Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)") and the similarities between cannabis and funky music ("Nickel Bags").
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"Where I'm From" is the second single off of Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). In the song, Butterfly states that he's from funk, from blackness and "from a place where kids read Marx and wear Clarks" ("not from here or there, but the space between"). The song peaked at #7 on Hot Rap Tracks.