Digital Underground

Digital Underground

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Digital Underground, a shifting stable of rappers and DJs led by Shock G, formed in Oakland in 1987. The group's music has always been heavily influenced by George Clinton and his groups Parliament and Funkadelic, in both Digital Underground's grooves and the surreal humor in their rhymes. Digital Underground's first record was the 1987 single "Underwater Rimes" by TNT Records which, oddly enough, reached No. 1 in the Netherlands. At that point, the group consisted of Shock G and Chopmaster J; by 1989, when Digital Underground signed with the record label Tommy Boy, there were seven members. The group's first album on Tommy Boy was 1989's "Sex Packets". Album singles "Doowhutchyalike" and especially "The Humpty Dance" both showcased Shock G's nasally prolific and lewdly humorous alter ego Humpty Hump. The character was a hit as the single went to No. 11 on the pop charts, pushing the album to platinum sales. "Sex Packets" was followed by "This Is An EP Release" in 1991, featuring two songs used in the bizarre dark comedy "Nothing But Trouble" ("Same Song" and "Tie The Knot", both of which were "performed" by the group in the film, as well). The EP was Digital Underground's first recording with new member Tupac Shakur and the group Gold Money; it went gold, as did the subsequent full length album "Sons Of The P", released that same year, with hit singles "Kiss You Back" and "No Nose Job". However, as the '90s wore on, the rap charts were taken over by hardcore gangsta artists, and more lighthearted and off-kilter music like that of Digital Underground was no longer as commercially viable as it had been just a few years prior. Despite debuting another successful solo rapper, Saafir, 1993's "The Body-Hat Syndrome" barely registered on the charts, and the group disappeared for three years before releasing "Future Rhythm" in 1996 and "Who's Got the Gravy?" in 1998.
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Digital Underground Discography

Albums

FIN 002 CD Digital Underground Sex Packets (Album) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) FIN 002 CD Italy 1990 Sell This Version
TBCD 1045 Digital Underground Sons Of The P (Album) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) TBCD 1045 UK 1991 Sell This Version
TBC 1080, 8159 Digital Underground The "Body-Hat" Syndrome (Album) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) TBC 1080, 8159 Turkey 1993 Sell This Version
CTCR - 13081 Digital Underground Future Rhythm (Album) Raputation CTCR - 13081 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
INTC-90261 Digital Underground Who Got The Gravy (Album) Interscope Records INTC-90261 US 1998 Sell This Version
none Digital Underground The Lost Files(CD, Album) Lil' Butta Records none US 1999 Sell This Version
JAKE002C Digital Underground "..Cuz A D.U. Party Don't Stop!"(CD, Album) Jake Records JAKE002C US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

T.N.T. 12001 Digital Underground Underwater Rimes / Your Life's A Cartoon TNT Records (2) T.N.T. 12001 US 1988 Sell This Version
5046-75980-0 Digital Underground Doowutchyalike (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) 5046-75980-0 UK 1989 Sell This Version
ATT 2010 Digital Underground The Humpty Dance (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) ATT 2010 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
MAXI 108/9/10 De La Soul / Digital Underground / Information Society De La Soul / Digital Underground / Information Society - Το Ποπ Κορν Και Ο 9.84 FM Stereo Παρουσιάζουν Το Maxi Set Του Νοέμβρη(3x12", Maxi) Music Box International MAXI 108/9/10 Greece 1989 Sell This Version
TB 970 Digital Underground Freaks Of The Industry Tommy Boy TB 970 US 1990 Sell This Version
BCM 463, BCM 07463 Digital Underground Doowutchyalike / Packet Man (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) BCM 463, BCM 07463 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
BCM 476-DJ Digital Underground Packet Man (The C.J. Mackintosh Remixes) (Maxi) BCM Records BCM 476-DJ UK 1990 Sell This Version
TBCD 511 Digital Underground Kiss You Back (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) TBCD 511 US 1991 Sell This Version
DU PROMO 1 Digital Underground Same Song (Single) Reprise Records DU PROMO 1 UK 1991 Sell This Version
DE 9035 Digital Underground No Nose Job (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy DE 9035 France 1990 Sell This Version
TB 982 Digital Underground Nuttin' Nis Funky (Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) TB 982 US 1991 Sell This Version
BLR 40MC Digital Underground Same Song (This Is An E.P. Release Part 1) (EP, Single) Big Life BLR 40MC UK 1991 Sell This Version
2100433 Digital Underground The Return Of The Crazy One (Maxi) EastWest Records GmbH 2100433 Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
TBCD 615 Digital Underground Wussup Wit The Luv (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy TBCD 615 US 1994 Sell This Version
01624 15571-4 Digital Underground Oregano Flow (Single) Critique 01624 15571-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
01624 15590-1 Digital Underground Walk Real Kool (Single) Critique 01624 15590-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
CRAB 15584-1 Digital Underground Glooty-Us-Maximus / We Got More(12", Single, Promo, W/Lbl) Critique CRAB 15584-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
SPRO 7087 6 12066 1 6 702 / George Clinton Featuring Digital Underground 702 / George Clinton Featuring Digital Underground - All I Want / Knee Deep (The Deeper Mix)(12", Promo) Capitol Records SPRO 7087 6 12066 1 6 US 1997 Sell This Version

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PappaWheelie

PappaWheelie

November 14, 2005
edited over 10 years ago
Underwater Rimes was recorded just shortly after Shock G relocated to Oakland from Tampa Florida. Much like 2 Live Crew, they took advantage of Macola Records' policy of allowing anyone to put out a record, which sparked their career. Whereas Schok G relocated from Florida to California though, 2 Live Crew's situation was vice versa.

Shock G's Humpty Hump alter-ego persona (aka Edward Ellington Humphries III) was only supposed to be a character in the Doowutchalike single (never to make a reappearance), but his popularity called for him to be added as an official "member" of the group.

Shock says "I won't sit here and lie and take the credit for being a genius; Humpty fell in my lap. But, I will accept the credit for running with it and being able to watch it evolve and saying, 'Oh, this is cool. Let's keep this going.'"

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