Digital Underground

Doowutchyalike

Composed by Bernie Worrell / Bootsy Collins / David Elliot / George Clinton / Greg Jacobs / Herbert Ivey / Terence Raymon Woodford

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The song that started it all, ”Doowutchyalike” was actually the band’s third single, arriving after TNT issues of an early working version of ”Underwater Rimes” and ”Your Life’s a Cartoon”. But it was ”Doowutchyalike”, pulled from the band’s 1989 Sex Packets debut, that brought them the first wide scale attention they’d received. A smooth grooved club favorite, the song drove through the band’s West Coast haunts, before working its way across the country to become a favorite of New York’s hottest hipsters. The accompanying video, in heavy rotation on MTV, only served to further the band’s P-Funk mission. Introducing Shock G.’s Humpty Hump alter ego for the first time, the song not only became an anthemic sing-along, but also invited the band’s new fans to explore the sonics of contemporary rap within the confines of very traditional funk. Bright brass and deep bass bookend the action as words pass between Shock G., Money B. and Humpty Hump – it’s a humorous, sassy, feel good free-for-all that ultimately imparts a positive message. Although the band were most often keyed for their party atmosphere, they imparted a politico that spoke of acceptance, peace and tolerance. Initially released in summer 1989, ”Doowutchyalike” peaked at #82 R&B. Remixed and released in the glittering wake of ”the Humpty Dance”, the song fared better the second time around, scoring the band a far more desirable #29 in June, 1990.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Monster TV Rap Hits 1989
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 4:49
Sex Packets 1990 Rhino
Tommy Boy's Greatest Hits 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 4:45
Yo! Rap Hits 1990
Various Artists
Priority
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Luke Records
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Jive
Rap's Biggest Hits, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 8:51
Hip Hop Classics, Vol. 3 1997
Various Artists
Priority 8:52
Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, Vol. 1 1998
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 4:45
Ultimate Hip Hop 1999
Various Artists
Beechwood Music
No Nose Job: The Legend of Digital Underground 2001 Tommy Boy
Roadblock 2001
Various Artists
Import 4:33
Playwutchyalike: The Best of Digital Underground 2003 Rhino 4:45
Rhino Hi-Five: Digital Underground 2005 Tommy Boy 8:52
All That Hip-Hop 2005
Various Artists
Warner Bros. / WEA/Warner
Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 7 2006
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 4:46
Hip Hop Essentials [Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 4:46
Euro Dance Summer Festival
Various Artists
BCM 4:47
Scratchwutchyalike CD Baby / Digital Underground 1:12
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