Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)

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Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Studio album by Digable Planets
Released September 27, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre Hip hop, jazz rap
Length 56:35
Label Pendulum/Elektra Records
Producer Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler
Shane "The Doctor" Faber
Mike "Launching An Attack" Mangini
Digable Planets chronology
Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
(1993)
Blowout Comb
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A)[3]

Reachin (A New Refutation of Time and Space) is the debut album by alternative hip hop group Digable Planets. It was released on September 27, 1993, by Pendulum/Elektra Records.

Music and lyrics[edit]

The album was produced by Digable Planets' Butterfly and features raps by each of the group's members.[4] 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").[5]

Reception[edit]

The single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" became a hit in 1993, breaking into the Top 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6] It won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1993.

In 1998, this album was listed in the The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[7]

In 2008, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) was ranked number 62 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[8]

The song "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) was used for a Tide commercial in 2009.

The album is broken down track-by-track by Digable Planets in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[9]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer(s) Samples
1 "It's Good to Be Here" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
2 "Pacifics" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
3 "Where I'm From" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
4 "What Cool Breezes Do" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
5 "Time & Space (A New Refutation Of)" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
6 "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
7 "Last of the Spiddyocks" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
8 "Jimmi Diggin' Cats" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
9 "La Femme Fetal" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
  • "OD" by Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin' Rod & Buddy Miles
  • "Jazzoetry" by The Last Poets
10 "Escapism (Gettin' Free)" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
11 "Appointment at the Fat Clinic" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
12 "Nickel Bags" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
13 "Swoon Units" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets
14 "Examination of What" Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini Digable Planets

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"
  • Released: November, 1992
  • B-side:
"Where I'm From"
  • Released: April, 1993
  • B-side:
"Nickel Bags"
  • Released: August 26, 1993
  • B-side: "Appointment at the Fat Clinic"

"Where I'm From"[edit]

"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").[10] The song peaked at #7 on Hot Rap Tracks.

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
1993 Reachin' [A New Refutation of Time and Space] 15 5

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Tracks Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1993 Rebirth of Slick [Cool Like Dat] 15 6 1 1
Where I'm From - 60 7 41
Nickel Bags - 93 12 -
Rebirth of Slick [Cool Like Dat]
End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 81

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