Ladybug Mecca (born Mary Ann Vieira) is an emcee, singer-songwriter and DJ hailing from Silver Spring, Maryland. She is best known for her work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning group, Digable Planets, alongside members Butterfly (Ishmael Butler) and Doodlebug (Craig Irving). After meeting in the late ‘80s and relocating to Brooklyn, the group signed to Pendulum Records in 1992. Their debut album Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) arrived in 1993 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The project’s lead single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat),” eventually earned Digable Planets a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. In 1994, Digable Planets released its politically charged sophomore album, Blowout Comb, which drastically strayed from the radio friendly feel of their first record. Such a bold contrast in style and lyrical content was met with high praise from critics, but unfortunately the album didn’t match the commercial success of its predecessor. Digable Planets disbanded in early 1995, citing creative differences.
Exactly a decade later, Mecca released her debut solo album, Trip The Light Fantastic (2005), drawing from her Brazilian roots and weaving together a variety of genres, including samba, hip-hop, jazz and rock. The same year, Digable Planets reunited for a tour run and released the compilation Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles. Mecca went on to join Dino 5, voicing the character of Tracy Triceratops on the group’s 2008 kid-friendly record Baby Loves Hip Hop Presents The Dino 5. She later joined Brazilian hip-hop fusion group, BROOKZILL!, along with fellow Dino 5 member Prince Paul, releasing their debut album Throwback to the Future in 2016. After embarking on an extensive reunion tour in 2016, Digable Planets has announced a slew of headlining gigs in 2017, further fueling rumors fans may see new music from the veteran innovators.