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Blowout Comb

Blowout Comb

Modern Classics Recordings | CAT #: MCR 905

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  • Limited Edition
  • 2xLP pressed colored vinyl – Available in Dazed and Amazed Duo Color Wax (Blue / Gold) / Clear with Purple Center Wax (Swirl)
  • Fully printed inner sleeves
  • Liner notes by Larry Mizell Jr.


ARTIST: Digable Planets
LABEL: Modern Classics Recordings

  • Hip-Hop
  • Rap


Modern Classics Recordings is set to reissue Blowout Comb, the 1994 second album by the cult, Brooklyn-based hip-hop trio Digable Planets.

The album is named for the combs used to maintain an Afro hairstyle, and that’s significant. The group’s Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler said it summed up what they wanted to do with it: "It means the utilization of the natural, a natural style,” he has said.

Like with 1993’s debut Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space), ‘utilizing the natural’ meant creating hip hop that blended jazz with the formidable rap skills of the aforementioned Butterfly, Craig ‘Doodlebug’ Irving, and Mary Ann ‘Ladybug Mecca’ Vieira. Unlike that debut, it meant broadening to include guests such as Gang Starr’s Guru, Jeru the Damaja, and Jazzy Joyce.

Following the gold-selling commercial success of their debut, they here set out to prove their artistic prowess. This is intelligent, alternative hip-hop that sounded like party music. Its lyrics are dense with wit, social commentary, and politics – and its original inner sleeve was modeled on the newspaper of the Black Panther movement.

Its instrumentation includes sax, vibraphone, and flute. Its samples – gathered from global crate-digging trips while touring the first album around the world – included Grant GreenEddie HarrisShuggie Otis, and jazz-funk pioneer Roy Ayers (whose “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” became “Borough Check” here). And yet at the same time, its beats are infectious and its spirit undeniable.

This is an album firmly rooted in Brooklyn. “Growing up hearing and cherishing this album, it created a textured soundscape of a mythical world of rhymes, jazz, breakbeats, culture, art, and urban ambiance,” says DJ and fan Mick Boogie in the liner notes. “When I moved to Brooklyn years later, I found that the world I imagined while listening to this classic LP actually really existed…”

Though Digable Planets have reunited on occasion since – and though their influence endures in every top-shelf rap act with a jazzy sensibility – the trio parted ways after Blowout Comb, citing that old favorite "creative differences”. Sometimes, the most volatile combinations create the best art.


A1 The May 4th Movement Starring Doodlebug 4:56
A2 Black Ego 7:02
A3 Dog It 4:21
B1 Jettin' 4:39
B2 Borough Check 6:56
B3 Highing Fly 1:23
B4 Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies) 5:47
C1 The Art Of Easing 5:05
C2 K.B.'s Alley (Mood Dudes Groove) 2:06
C3 Graffiti 4:03
C4 Blowing Down 3:51
D1 9th Wonder (Blackitolism) 4:27
D2 For Corners 7:02




Digable Planets is an American hip-hop group formed in 1987 in Brooklyn, New York. The group was composed of Ishmael Butler (Butterfly), Mary Ann Vieira (Ladybug Mecca), and Craig Irving (Doodlebug). Their unique blend of jazz, funk, and hip-hop made them stand out in the 1990s hip-hop scene.

Digable Planets released their debut album, "Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)" in 1993, which was a critical and commercial success. The album's lead single, "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)" won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 1994. The group's second album, "Blowout Comb," was released in 1994 and received critical acclaim for its socially conscious lyrics and unique sound.

In addition to their music, Digable Planets was known for their fashion and style, often incorporating vintage clothing and Afrocentric fashion into their image. Their music and fashion influenced a generation of hip-hop artists and fans, and their impact continues to be felt in contemporary music.

Digable Planets disbanded in 1995, but their legacy lives on through their music and influence on the hip-hop genre. The group has reunited several times for performances and tours, including a reunion tour in 2016.

In recent years, Digable Planets has been recognized for their contributions to the hip-hop genre, with their music being sampled by numerous contemporary artists. Their influence on hip-hop and popular culture continues to be celebrated, cementing them as pioneers of the genre.

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