Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

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"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"
Single by Digable Planets
from the album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Released November 9, 1992
Format 12", CD
Recorded 1992
Genre Jazz rap
Length 4:19
Label Pendulum Records, Elektra
Writer(s) Ishmael Butler, Craig Irving, Mary Ann Vieira
Producer(s) Butterfly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini
Digable Planets chronology
"Rebirth of Slick"
"Where I'm From"

"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" is a 1992 song by jazz rap trio Digable Planets which was released as the first single from their debut album, Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space). The Black & White music video was directed by Morgan Lawley.

The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of March 6, 1993, becoming the group's only top-40 single. During that time, the song also topped the Hot Rap Singles chart at No. 1. Shortly after, the single was certified gold by the RIAA on March 16, 1993 for sales of 500,000 copies. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 36th Grammy Awards.

The song was also sampled by E 40 from his 2006, Gold certified album My Ghetto Report Card on a song titled "Yay Area". The song was also featured in the 2007 film Freedom Writers and in a 2009 commercial for Tide.

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (Crashing Giant Step Mix)- 4:34
  2. "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (Crashing Instymix)- 4:34
  3. "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (7" Mix)- 4:05


  1. "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Albumix)- 4:22
  2. "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" (Uh-Oh Planet Earth Instymix)- 4:22


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 15
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 6
Billboard Hot Rap Singles 1
Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles 20
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 12

Year-End charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 81


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2011-05-13.