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9th Wonder

On March 1st, 1994, the Best Rap Performance Grammy went to a trio called Digable Planets. But they didn’t rest on their laurels at all. That same October, the Planets unveiled their creamy new cut “9th Wonder (Blackitolism),” which was the first single from the group’s sophomore LP Blowout Comb.

Early rap example “8th Wonder” by The Sugarhill Gang came out in 1980, and thus “9th Wonder” shows respect to the hip-hop past by its very title. From the first buzzy synthesizer tones of “9th Wonder,” it’s clear that this will be an unique sounding record. The vibes are warm and analog, and the lyrics swim in pools of reverb. As Larry Mizell Jr. described it in his liner notes for the LITA 2013 re-release of Blowout Comb, “…the lyrics themselves were noticeably low in the mix; they come at you almost subliminally, a pleasant dream half-remembered…” The drums are so present and distinct that you can actually smell the cigarette smoke curling around a mid-20th century jazz nightclub.

I bought this twelve inch back in ’95 during my DJ heyday. Other tracks that I was spinning that year included the dope remix of Aceyalone’s “Headaches and Woes” on the B-side of “Mic Check,” “I Don’t Like To Dream About Gettin Paid” by Tha Dogg Pound was a big one, and I definitely played the hell out of “Somethin That Means Somethin” by The Pharcyde. Digable Planets really forged something wonderful here and on the rest of Blowout Comb. Check it out! Written by Novocaine132

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