Hanging out in my friend Jason’s studio in the late 90s and early aughts really cemented old-school hip-hop in my brain as music that gets me in the right frame of mind to work.

And as I’m now teaching at an art school I’ve been gleefully forcing my studio music on my students on the daily (at least on those that forgot their headphones).

One of my all-time favorite additions (and a featured artist here) is Shabazz Palaces, a member of today’s selection. And I hate to admit, I’ve never really given this band’s entire catalog (though limited) a listen.

So the past week has been all Digable Planets all the time.

Beyond Escapism (Gettin’ Free) and the well-worn Rebirth of the Slick (Cool like Dat), I was very unschooled with their music. So I thought I’d share one of my favorite discoveries today.