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

Digital Underground Sex Packets (Album) Tommy Boy, Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) Italy 1990 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Sons Of The P (Album) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) UK 1991 Sell This Version
Digital Underground The "Body-Hat" Syndrome (Album) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) Turkey 1993 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Future Rhythm (Album) Raputation Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Who Got The Gravy (Album) Interscope Records 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

Digital Underground Underwater Rimes / Your Life's A Cartoon TNT Records (2) US 1988 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Doowutchyalike (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) UK 1989 Sell This Version
Digital Underground The Humpty Dance (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) 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
Digital Underground Freaks Of The Industry Tommy Boy US 1990 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Doowutchyalike / Packet Man (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy, TNT Records (2) UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Packet Man (The C.J. Mackintosh Remixes) (Maxi) BCM Records, BCM Records UK & Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Kiss You Back (Maxi, Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) US 1991 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Same Song (Single) Reprise Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Digital Underground No Nose Job (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy France 1990 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Nuttin' Nis Funky (Single) Tommy Boy, TNT Recordings (2) US 1991 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Same Song (This Is An E.P. Release Part 1) (EP, Single) Big Life Europe 1991 Sell This Version
X14351 Digital Underground Kiss You Back(12", Maxi) Tommy Boy, Liberation Records X14351 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
Digital Underground The Return Of The Crazy One (Maxi) EastWest Records GmbH Belgium 1993 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Wussup Wit The Luv (Single, Maxi) Tommy Boy US 1994 Sell This Version
TB 612 Digital Underground Wussup Wit The Luv / Doo Woo You(12", Single) Tommy Boy TB 612 US 1994 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Oregano Flow (Single) Critique US 1996 Sell This Version
Digital Underground Walk Real Kool (Single) Critique US 1996 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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