Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)

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"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"
Rebirth of Slick.jpg
Single by Digable Planets
from the album Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
ReleasedNovember 10, 1992
Format12", CD
Genre Hip hop, jazz rap
LabelPendulum Records, Elektra
Songwriter(s)Ishmael Butler, Craig Irving, Mariana Vieira
Producer(s)Butter Fly, Shane Faber, Mike Mangini
Digable Planets singles chronology
"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)"
"Where I'm From"
Audio sample
Music video
"Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" on YouTube

"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-and-white music video was directed by Morgan Lawley.[citation needed]

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.[1][2] 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 film Freedom Writers, the 2009 commercial for Tide and on the VH1 show Hindsight where it appeared along with "The May 4th Movement" in the shows's eighth episode. It was also featured in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, the 2015 crime comedy-drama film Dope and the Netflix series Master of None.

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
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 8
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[4] 81


  1. ^ "American certifications – Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)". Recording Industry Association of America.
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  3. ^ " – Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)". Top 40 Singles.
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2011-05-13.

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