Live to Inspire. #Jamla
Just. Be. Different. A message right on time for me and the homies during our senior year of high school, heading into college. The day I played this album from front to back was the same day my boy Jai (now Dr. Jelani Favors, PhD in African American Studies), was curating a program for our high school’s black history month program. After the program was over, we ran to the school library (yes the school library), to play this album. We’d already heard “Cool Like Dat” 2 months before, so we were ready to see what Digable Planets had in store. Needles to say, we got it; Jazz, Different, Jazz, Beats, Different, Jazz, Jazz, Lingo, Beats, Lingo, Cats, Jazz....and more Jazz. Super cool, super hip-hop, super sophisticated, super innovative, and super DIFFERENT. Of course, at the time and even now, Butterfly, LadyBug Mecca (who almost every young Man had a crush on) and DoodleBug wasn’t for everyone...but for a black Kid like me, they fit the bill. They fell right in line with where my mind was headed, and what my ideologies were...and were becoming. I don’t think I start calling dudes “Cats” until listened to DP say it over and over. Where I’m From The Remix is STILL one of the best remixes ever....and I STILL play “Swoon Units” in the mornings during the spring and summer time.. Happy 25th Anniversary to Digable Planets and their stellar debut that you can play ALL the way through; “Reachin (A New Refutation Of Time and Space)......and thank you.
Still adding to it....but pull up to the movie theatre playing this LOUD. Black is beautiful. LINK IN BIO!