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Digital Underground Biography

Digital Underground Biography

Their first album, 1990’s Sex Packets, was named after a sketchy invention idea Schmoovy Schmoov (Earl Cook - early member) had for a hallucinogen that could induce orgasm. To promote the album, a fake newsletter was circulated to California medical clinics, for which the ‘sex packets’ even got notice in USA Today (the newsletter claimed that NASA was secretly developing them for astronauts, as relief on extended space stints). "Underwater Rimes" was an early single that became a surprise hit in the Netherlands. "Doowutchyalike" was an underground American hit in 1989.

"The Humpty Dance" was a crossover club hit. It also received much critical acclaim. It was named the 72nd best song of 1980-2005 by Blender Magazine , and one of the 100 best rap singles by The Source in 1998. Sex Packets (recorded with Chopmaster J, Money-B, DJ Fuze) became a hit after "The Humpty Dance" went to #11 on the pop charts. The album received platinum status, selling over 1 million copies. The LPs Sons Of The P (1991), The Body-Hat Syndrome (1993), Future Rhythm (1996), Who Got The Gravy? (1998), and The Lost Files would follow.

As Shock G, Jacobs was a cool, breezy-voiced commentator. On the other hand, his secret alter ego, Humpty Hump, was an uninhibited clown in a Groucho Marx glasses/nose combo and pimp-inspired clothes. At concerts, a stand-in would silently play either one person or the other, and when a smoke bomb dropped (or some other trick), Jacobs would switch gears (and clothing) and rap as the other person. A fictional biography was constructed for Humpty, the story being that "Edward G. Humphreys" had become a musician after burning his nose in a kitchen accident with a deep-fryer. Jacobs also performed as a character by the name of MC Blowfish on "Underwater Rimes".

The group was also featured in the Dan Aykroyd film Nothing But Trouble, in which it performed "Same Song" and later "Tie the Knot." The music video for "Same Song" featured clips from the film. (This video also featured the first appearance by a young Tupac Shakur.)


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