Permanent Records is an ongoing closer look at the records that matter most. While it’s true that most good things come to an end, sometimes the credits fade before a compelling story has the opportunity to unfold. Promising funkmaster freestylers Digable Planets had a lifespan of just three years: 1992 to 1995. Show More Summary
Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer Ishmael Butler has joined Sub Pop’s A&R team. Butler’s 20-year career spans such groundbreaking groups as Digable Planets in the ’90s, later going on to work with Cherrywine and Shabazz Palaces. Show More Summary
Kelly O Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets is guest blogging over at Gorilla Vs. Bear today. Read his posts here. The Seattle rapper/producer is laying down some of his favorite tracks, revealing glimpses into his influences (Mobb Deep, Marvin Gaye, Charles Mingus, Gang Starr, etc.). Show More Summary
To celebrate the vinyl reissue of Digable Planets‘ incendiary, ahead-of-its-time classic Blowout Comb, we’re extremely... Read more »
FACT: Consisting of Ishamel ‘Butterfly’ Butler, Craig ‘Doodlebug’ Irving and Mary Ann ‘Ladybug’ Vieira, plus touring DJ Silkworm (who would later come into his own as King Britt), Digable Planets were a major force in the early 1990s alt.rap scene. Show More Summary
Brace yourself for our second gushing Light in the Attic post of the week: the... Read more »
I wrote this back in 2002....Earlier this year, the smoothest rapper in the history of hiphop, Ishmael Butler—who was in Digable Planets and is now in Cherry Wine—would spot me at the # 7 bus stop near Columbia City and offer me a ride to Capitol Hill, where I work. Show More Summary
Wonderful news! Your favorite electro hip-hop duo featuring a former member of Digable Planets sharing a name with the protagonist of Moby Dick is back! It’s not a crowded field by any means, but regardless, Shabazz Palaces are one of the best hip-hop groups in the world. Show More Summary
Reblogged from The Sistah Vegan Project: Cee Knowledge of Digable Planets, Sistah Vegan, DJ Cavem Moetavation at Brown Suga Festival in Denver on April 28 2012. Keynote speaker: A. Breeze Harper (aka Sistah Vegan) Video recording of Breeze Harper’s April 28 2012 keynote address for the Brown Suga Youth Festival in Denver, Colorado. ATTENTION: THERE ARE 3 [...]
Ishmael "Butterfly" Butler’s (Digable Planets, Cherrywine) current incarnation, Shabazz Palaces, is responsible for the single most forward thinking and engaging hip hop LP of last year. Along with percussionist, Tendai Maraire, Butler...Show More Summary
original Digable Planets promo photo with Ladybug vs their last promo photo Earlier this month, news began circulating that Digable Planets had plans to reunite with their original members in 2012 for a tour and a new album, which would...
Ishmael “Butterfly” “Palaceer Lazaro” Butler has lately been busy with Shabazz Palaces, his much-loved Seattle avant-rap crew. But Butler first came to our attention as one third of the early-’90s boho-rap trio Digable Planets, the group responsible for the kitschy but undeniably awesome near-masterpiece that you see above. The Planets only have two albums to [...]
Hip Hop DX: Taking a page from the Wu-Tang Clan, Digable Planets has formed like Voltron. Original members Butterfly, Ladybug Mecca, and Cee Knowledge (formerly known as Doodlebug), have big plans for 2012, including a tour and album. Read and comment. From hiphopdx.com.
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Fri 13 Jan 2012 Helmed by hip-hop elder Ishmel “Butterfly” Bulter (Digable Planets), Shabazz Palaces bring their intelligent brand of hip-hop to our shores....
Shabazz Palaces, a duo comprising the frontman of Cherrywine and one third of Digable Planets, is Sub Pop's newest artist. First Listen: Shabazz Palaces Sign to Sub Pop is a post by Death and Taxes -
Seattle’s Ishmael Butler, A.K.A. Butterfly of the Digable Planets, has effortlessly transformed himself, departing from the golden age roots that he’ll eternally be known for. Fifteen years after “Rebirth of Slick,” Butler emerges with an evolved take on his format. Show More Summary
An allegorical short film/music video for Shabazz Palaces (Butterfly of Digable Planets) shot in Watts, Los Angeles, directed by Kahlil Joseph, Photographed by Matt Lloyd. Featuring a cameo of Dante (Ernest Wadell) from "The Wire" in homage to Charles Burnett's 1977 classic film Killer of Sheep.
As members of humanity, we’re all doing our shit absolutely alone yet sort of together, right? More on that later. Shabazz Palaces is the brain-child of Ishmael Butler, former Digable Planets rapper (I’m not kidding), and sort of semi-officially...Show More Summary
After two fine EPs, the experimental hip-hop project helmed by former Digable Planets leader Ishmael Butler steps out with a brilliant full-length debut. Relative to those early releases, Black Up lets some sunlight in, breathes fresh...Show More Summary