Digital Underground

The Humpty Dance

Composed by Earl Humphrey / Greg Jacobs

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Although it was ”Doowutchalike” that kickstarted the Digital Underground’s phenomenal rise, and gave audiences their first taste of Shock G.’s affable alter ego, Humpty Hump, it was the second single from the Sex Packets album that cemented their position as the kings of modern funk. Dedicated to furthering the mission of George Clinton’s P-Funk empire, ”The Humpty Dance” is equally lighthearted and packed with a fierce funk beat, a combination whose volatility was proven as the song rocketed into the R&B Top Ten early the next year, even scoring the band a Pop #11 hit in an era when serious rap was still working its way into the mainstream. An immediate West Coast club smash, kids from Los Angeles to Oakland were “doing the Humpty Hump” a smooth groove that blended often barely-veiled lyrical innuendo with a diffused funk pop, and provided a needed corollary to the burgeoning gangsta rap scene. With the be-nosed Humpty Hump at the helm, though, this is fully a Digital Underground effort, even as it remains Humpty’s shining moment. It’s his braggadocio that really drives this song - because this is his world, his dance, his exploits reviled, and the real purpose of his nose revealed. ”The Humpty Dance” received a Grammy nomination for best Rap Performance and, although it didn’t scoop the statuette, it was still certified platinum and helped to change the face of rap.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1989 Tommy Boy 6:28
Sex Packets 1990 Rhino
Tommy Boy's Greatest Hits 1990
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 5:50
MTV Party to Go, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 5:50
Pump It 1992
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:40
Best of Hip Hop [Priority] 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
Shake It Up [JCI] 1994
Various Artists
Coyote Records
Classic Hip Hop Mastercuts, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Mastercuts 6:32
18 Dance Mix Classics 1997
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels 4:44
Hip Hop with R&B Flava 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 6:33
Tommy Boy's Greatest Beats, Vol. 2 1998
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 6:30
Millennium Hip-Hop Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
Back in tha Day, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
MTV the First 1000 Years: Hip Hop 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:40
New Millennium Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 4:39
Black Summer Party 2000
Various Artists
Polymedia
Spirit of Hip-Hop 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records
Non Stop Hip Hop 2001
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:42
Pure Hip Hop Party 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:05
Frosh 90's 2001
Various Artists
Polygram 4:54
Old School Rap Party, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 6:28
Rappers Delight 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 6:29
Hip Hop High: Class of 1990-1991 2002
Various Artists
The Right Stuff / Capitol 4:40
The Evolution: The Hip Hop Experience Chapter, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 4:38
Slammin': The Ultimate Rap Hits 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:39
Playwutchyalike: The Best of Digital Underground 2003 Rhino 6:31
Booty Time 2003
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 4:39
History of Hip Hop, Vol. 2 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
No. 1 Rap Hits, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
Smart
Hip Hop Don't Stop (Greatest) 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 1:30
Old School Nation! 2004
Various Artists
Hi-Bias Records 4:41
Hip Hop Love 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 4:44
Ultimate Hip*Hop: 30th Anniversary Collection 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 4:40
Rhino Hi-Five: Digital Underground 2005 Tommy Boy 6:32
Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 3 2005
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 6:28
Hip Hop: The Evolution [Two-Disc Set] 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 4:38
Hip Hop Essentials [Box Set] 2006
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 6:28
Rhino Hi-Five: Hip Hop, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 6:32
Choice FM Presents Carnival Classics 2007
Various Artists
Um3 6:26
Old School Hip Hop Jams, Vol. 3 2007
Various Artists
SPG 6:19
Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records - The First 50 Years 2008
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:40
The Very Best Of: 100 R&B Classics 2010
Various Artists
Rhino / Wea UK 6:20
Hip Hop Jamz 2012
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 6:30
Ministry of Sound: Anthems Hip-Hop III 2013
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:36
Pure Grooves 2014
Various Artists
Rhino / WMTV 4:59
No Image
Various Artists
Hip-Hop History: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
NOW That's What I Call a Workout Throwback Edition
Various Artists
Now! 4:36
Party Jam Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Scratchwutchyalike CD Baby / Digital Underground 2:28
The Grandmaster Flash Collection
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:37
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