47)Digable Planets – Where Im From

Song: Where Im From

Album: Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)

Year: 1993

I fooled with Digable Planets really heavily. I was never really a jazz dude (Im making it my life’s mission soon to become more well versed) but they brought the genre to Hip-Hop where Tribe just sampled elements and stayed hard. I wanted to choose “Rebirth Of Slick” but that would have been too obvious.

Digable Planets instilled black pride without the preachy militancy of let’s say X-Clan, there was no weak link to me as far as the MCs were concerned and they were just cool in their own world. “Where I’m From” is all of their space talk interspersed with consciousness and expressive dedication to painting a picture of Brooklyn.

Not that my ear for samples is incredible but I just checked my facts and I correctly picked the soulful horns being Archie Bell & The Drells.


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