Digital Underground released their first studio album “Sex Packets” on March 26, 1990. It was produced by Digital Underground themselves and contains the #1 Rap Chart Hit “The Humpty Dance“. The group had an underground following in Oakland Ca and their music is Funk heavy.
The album cover and title is based on a pill (sex packet) that can stimulate an orgasm without the use of any physical activity. This is explained in the song “Packet Man” where Shock G is the dealer trying to sell his “packets” on the streets. He explains,
“Now let me tell you how to take it:
Either sit of lie down, and you really should be naked
Otherwise you’re gonna mess up your clothes, know what I mean?
This is more then just a dream
It’s very realistic and it’s gonna blow your mind
So be careful: only take one at a time
And never take one behind the wheel
You’ll black out and hit a pole (Cool, let’s make the deal)”
The first track that put DU on the map was “Underwater Rimes“. On this track Shock G tells us a story about rapping underwater with rhymes like these,
“Now last night, underwater, I saw a French mermaid,
Treated her to caviar and wine over shrimp brain,
In the raw, on the ocean floor, need I say more?
You never heard nobody kick it like this before,
Pink champagne, octopus brains,
Saw your DJ underwater through the window pane.
That sucker tried to hit a mix, but the mix didn’t happen,
Records kept floatin’ all the fish kept laughin’
A blowfish blew my mind and started to rhyme,
As the octopus cut nine records at a time.
Your boy said, “Show me how to keep my records down,”
But the shark ate his amp, your boy got clowned.”
Digital Underground is a rap group that likes to have fun with their music and lyrics. They tracks are mostly upbeat and has Humpty “acting a fool”. On “Doowutchyalike” we get that DU sounds that doesn’t let go until the end of the song, then we play it again. Humpty Hump and Shock G (same guy) trade off rhymes with,
“I mean rich, poor, high, low, or upper-middle class,
Let’s all get together and have a few laughs
Yeah, and doowhatwelike, yeah, and doowhatwelike.
And since you came here you gotta show and prove,
And do thatdance, until it don’t move,
Sometimes I bite.
Now if you’re hungry, get yourself something to eat,
And if you’re dirty, then go take a bath.
Messed up the line?
Nope, sometimes I don’t rhyme.
Help yourself to a cracker, with a spread of cheddar cheese,
Have a neck bone, you don’t have to say please
Eatwutchyalike, yo, smellhowyalike.
On “Freaks Of The Industry” they explain why they are…well…the freaks of the rap industry. Money B gets freaky with lines like these:
“Well they say that birds do it, bees do it. (do it)
Time to freak, Money B gets to it,
Not a heavyweight, but I go twelve rounds,
With a jab and a stick, I’m goin’ lick for lick, so
Give me the helmet, I’ll be the stunt man.
Just relax, and I won’t front.
Like Anita, I’m givin’ you the best that I’ve got,
And I’ll be takin’ it slow, never missin’ a spot
Yes, caressing your back we’re chest to chest she’s kissing on my freckles.
I nibbled around your ears before I suck upon your neck.
‘Oh Money B,’ yeah, that’s what you’ll be screamin’ and creamin’
But it’s not a wet dream, it’s the real
The freaky dog, dark nasty, never lettin’ a kitty-cat get past me,
Without picking it up, pettin’ it, teasin’ it,
Takin’ it on home and pleasin’ it”
But the reason everybody grabbed a copy of this album is because of the single and party anthem “The Humpty Dance“. Everybody got up to do the dance as soon as the needle drops on the track. So you ask, “How do you do the Humpty Dance?”. Well…Humpty Hump explains it perfectly:
“First I limp to the side like my leg was broken
Shakin’ and twitchin’ kinda like I was smokin’
Crazy wack funky
People say ya look like M.C. Hammer on crack, Humpty
That’s all right ’cause my body’s in motion
It’s supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion
Anyone can play this game
This is my dance, y’all, Humpty Hump’s my name
No two people will do it the same
Ya got it down when ya appear to be in pain
Humpin’, funkin’, jumpin’,
jig around, shakin’ ya rump,
and when the dude a chump pump points a finger like a stump
tell him step off, I’m doin’ the Hump.”
The album is as dope as they come and definitely DU’s greatest effort in their catalog. They later gave us side projects like Raw Fusion and of course all of 2Pac’s albums, but this album has to be one of the greatest albums to drop not just only on the west side but in all of Hip Hop!