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
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.

Production[edit]

The album was produced by Digable Planets' Ishmael Butler ("Butterfly") and features raps from Butler, Irving and Viera.[4] The production leans heavily on jazz samples, Butler explaining that “it was all about resources, really...I just went and got the records that I had around me. And a lot of those were my dad’s shit, which was lots of jazz. The whole concept of ‘We’re a jazz group’ didn’t go down like that. Except that DJ Premier was a big influence, and he sampled a lot of jazz.”[5] Lyrically, the tone of the album is less overtly political than its successor Blowout Comb, but still touches on issues such as abortion rights (La Femme Fetal) and the drug abuses of jazz musicians (Last of the Spiddyocks). The album title derives from Nueva refutación del tiempo ("A New Refutation of Time"), an essay by Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges, as well as the tendency of earlier jazz musicians in naming their albums (Moanin', Cookin', etc).[6]

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[7] and winning 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, Reachin' was listed in the The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums.[8]

In 2008, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat) was ranked number 62 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.[9]

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

Butler and Irving give a track-by-track account of the album and its production in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[10]

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"

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ AllMusic: "Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)"
  5. ^ Rawls, John. Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Harvard University Press, 2007, p.391-2.
  6. ^ Rawls, John. Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies. Harvard University Press, 2007, p.402.
  7. ^ Billboard.com: Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) - Digable Planets
  8. ^ Rocklist.net: The Source 100 Best Rap Albums & Singles
  9. ^ Stereogum: VH1’s 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs
  10. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27.