Tuesday, August 26, 2008

672. Digital Underground - Sex Packets (1990)

Track Listing

1. Humpty Dance
2. Way We Swing
3. Rhymin' On The Funk
4. New Jazz (One)
5. Underwater Rimes
6. Gutfest '89
7. Danger Zone
8. Freaks Of The Industry
9. Doowutchyalike
10. Packet Prelude
11. Sex Packets
12. Street Scene
13. Packet Man
14. Packet Reprise


This was an interesting one, and interesting is the word, it isn't great, but it is funny, and constantly entertaining for more than an hour. This is one of those albums that it is hard to do something else while listening to it, the lyrics will distract you every time, and while it can be quite funny it is also a bit tiring.

The first part of the album consists of pretty good funky tracks, mainly based around P-Funk samples, and there is nothing wrong with that, Digital Underground drags George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic kicking and screaming into the hip-hop age.

The second half is where the fun really is at, it is a kind of concept suite around Sex Packets, some kind of Virtual Reality drug that makes a person have sex with the picture at the front of the pack. It ends up being a kind of spoof of songs about pushing drugs, and it is very amusing indeed. All this amusement can't help but make the album feel a bit like a novelty product, but there is more to it than that, and you should therefore listen to it.

Track Highlights

1. Sex Packets
2. The Humpty Dance
3. Doowutchyalike
4. The Way We Swing

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

"The Humpty Dance" made it to the #1 spot on more than two charts, and reached #11 on the U.S. pop charts. The album was selected as one of The Source 100 Best Rap Albums in 1998, and was re-issued on February 8, 2005 by Rhino Entertainment.

Humpty Dance:

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