Hip Hop/ Rap

Published on August 22nd, 2016 | by gatsbyadmin

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Digable Planets – recap

Old-school hip-hop was alive and well on Tuesday night as Camp Lo and Digable Planets rolled through Denver to put on a show I will not soon forget.

Since it was a Tuesday, the show started early – Camp Lo began right around 8:15 and played around 45 minutes. They looked dapper as ever, in leather pants and classy fedoras, and played all my favorites – Luchini, Coolie High, Black Connection – all sounding as if they’d just put out Uptown Saturday Night just yesterday. Every rap was perfectly in time and their voices sounded like they hadn’t aged a day. I would have loved for their set to be a bit longer, but it was a good enough length to get me pumped up for Digable Planets.

Between sets, as they were setting up for Digable, I noticed instruments, including a drum set with the signature blowout comb on the front – “is there going to be a live band?!” – flashed through my head, thinking there was no way I could be so lucky. But, alas, the band – The Culprits – took the stage, as “reunited and it feels so good” blasted from the speakers and Doodlebug, Ladybug Mecca and Butterfly took the stage. The set was everything a true hip-hop head could have asked for, especially with the live band. Some songs sounded exactly the same as they do on the original Blowout Comb album, and then there were the slowed down, jazzy versions of Black Ego and The Art of Easing. Butterfly’s facial hair may have greyed, Ladybug Mecca’s hair is longer, and Doodlebug is looking a bit more mature, but their voices, their flows, their souls are still straight out of 1995. They ended their set with their Grammy-winning hit, The Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat), with the whole crowd chanting Butterfly’s last verse: “we jazz like that, we freak like that, we zoom like that… we out”.

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