I loved the the hip-hop group Digable Planets. I listened to them in admiration as a college student and was disappointed with their eventual disappearance from the scene. Sowhen I got word that Digable Planets is slated to make a comeback with a new album and tour in the works, I was psyched. When I further learned that the comeback would be minus their sole original female member, Mary Ann "Ladybug Mecca" Vieira, I was less than enthused. Not to be a pessimist, but if Ladybug is not in the picture, I'm not so sure how much of this comeback is of interest to me. Don't misinterpret my misgivings. I'm not throwing shade towards Lady Madarocka who is the new member of the crew. I'm just saying that original lead members of any group are bound to be missed when they aren't around anymore.
History has shown us the downside of replacing a key member in a group. Can anyone recall an En Vogue song that was dropped after Dawn Robinson left? What about when N'Dea Davenport left the Brand New Heavies and was replaced by Siedah Garrett briefly? I can't either. Switching up members throws the brand off, particularly if the replaced member held a lead role in the group.