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->Hey, yo, fat girl, come here--are you ticklish?

An AlternativeHipHop group from Oakland, California, Digital Underground began in 1987 as a PoliticalRap group, with an image intended to pay tribute to the Black Panthers. One year later, Music/PublicEnemy released their second album, ''It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'', to a huge amount of critical acclaim and commercial success, which led Digital Underground to abandon its original political ambitions and become a humor-laden [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament/Funkadelic]]-inspired group, with leader Shock G often seen with novelty [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]] glasses.

Digital Underground is best known for "The Humpty Dance", performed by Shock G's [[AlterEgoActing alter-ego]], Humpty Hump (a LoveableSexManiac who looks like a cross between a pimp and Groucho Marx), in which Humpty [[DirtyRap raps about having sex in a Burger King bathroom]][[note]]the "Burger King" part is usually bleeped out in music video versions of the song, [[CensoredForComedy making it sound like he originally said "I once got busy in a motherfuckin' bathroom."]][[/note]], [[ChubbyChaser flirts with a fat girl]], and says that he looks like Music/MCHammer on crack. Digital Underground is also recognized for their OneSceneWonder appearance in Creator/DanAykroyd's movie ''Film/NothingButTrouble''. The movie, Aykroyd's music video for the group's tune "Same Song" and the EP ''This Is an EP Release'', featured a then-unknown Music/TupacShakur as a member of the group; Tupac would later go on to become one of the most successful GangstaRap artists in history, and a defining artist of the 1990s.

Digital Underground disbanded in 2008, after 21 years of touring and releases. The group remains a cult favorite among AlternativeHipHop fans for their whimsical, lighthearted approach and {{Funk}}y sound.

"The Humpty Dance" has been sampled (frequently, without credit of any kind) by numerous musicians, including Music/PublicEnemy, Music/IceCube (in "Jackin' for Beats"), Music/LLCoolJ, Music/SpiceGirls (yes, really) and [[Creator/MarkWahlberg Marky Mark]]. It was also covered by the rap group Wolfpac, and became a BlackSheepHit for that group, because it was the only track on Wolfpac's album that wasn't grotesque {{Horrorcore}}. Because so many people sampled "The Humpty Dance", Digital Underground released a song called "The Humpty Dance Awards" (on their fourth album, ''The Body Hat Syndrome'') as a way to thank many of the artists who sampled it.

'''Albums'''
* ''Sex Packets'' (1990)
* ''This Is An EP Release'' (1991)
* ''Sons Of The P'' (1991)
* ''The Body-Hat Syndrome'' (1993)
* ''Future Rhythm'' (1996)
* ''Who Got The Gravy?'' (1998)
* ''The Lost Files'' (1999)
* ''..Cuz A D.U. Party Don't Stop!!'' (2008)
* ''The Greenlight EP'' (2010)

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* ConceptAlbum: ''Sex Packets''
* TheCasino: "Hip Hop Doll" is centered around a guy who meets a girl at a casino and she helps him win at a craps table.
* DanceSensation: Do the Humpty Hump, everybody do the Humpty Hump! "It's real easy to do, check it out..."
-->First I limp to the side like my leg was broken, shakin' and twitchin' kinda like I was smokin' \\
Crazy, wack, funky / People say "You look like [[TakeThat MC Hammer on crack]], Humpty!" \\
That's alright, cuz my body's in motion / It's supposed to look like a fit or a convulsion
* ADateWithRosiePalms: "Jerkit Circus." The intro to the song introduces the place under a [[HurricaneOfPuns hurricane of masturbation puns]]: "The only place where you can be without a partner, and ''still'' have a ball," "A place where you can learn the art of making love at the Palms," "Where they're short on screws, but there's always plenty of nuts," and "A place where you can hold your sausage hostage."
** "Sex Packets" may also count as a handsfree version.
* FakeOutFadeOut: Subverted on "Doowutchyalike". The mid-song fade-out is actually announced.
-->Radio stations may begin your fade here. For those that would like help, we will start your fade for you.
* GagNose: Humpty Hump, of course, leading to ''Sons of the P'''s "No Nose Job."
* IntercourseWithYou: Many offerings; "Freaks Of The Industry" is the best example.
* LoonyFan: "Brand Nu Swetta" was about members of the group dealing with clingy groupies.
* ManOfAThousandVoices: Shock G, [[spoiler:who also plays Humpty Hump and a lesser-known character called MC Blowfish.]]
* MissingEpisode: The original music video version of "Return of the Crazy One" had more explicit nudity and sex scenes, but it wouldn't air on MTV unless edits were made (i.e., nudity blurred out, sexual scenes replaced with less explicit material, etc). The original one has not been released or shown anywhere.
* OneHitWonder: "The Humpty Dance", of course. Other minor hits were "Same Song" (which was only popular because it was in the movie, ''NothingButTrouble''), "Freaks Of The Industry", "Kiss You Back," "Wussup Wit the Luv," and "Doowutchyalike".
* APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy: The overall mood of "Doowutchyalike," especially in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAeFlGTWhsE music video]].
** The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2tcy6qndy4 video]] for "Return of the Crazy One" also counts.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: "I'll use a word that don't mean nothin', like '''looptid'''."
* SoundEffectBleep: Zigzagged all over the "Humpty Dance" video. "Burger King" in the line "I once got busy in a Burger King bathroom" was bleeped out with a standard bleep used in many a TV show whenever someone says something obscene or of a delicate nature. However, lines like "I'm still gettin' in the girls' pants" had "girls' pants" replaced with a car horn honking twice (which went nicely with the visual of Humpty Hump grabbing a woman's butt), "In a 69, my Humpty nose will tickle your rear," had "69" replaced with a record scratch and "rear" replaced with a woman's scream, and "I get laid by the ladies," had "laid" bleeped out with a tires screeching sound effect.
** One radio edit of "Freaks Of The Industry" inserts different sound effects in place of the more sexually explicit lyrics.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Digital Underground had been regarded as the heir apparent to the funk style of Parliament/Funkadelic. Music/GeorgeClinton pretty much made it official by showing up on their second album ''Sons Of The P''.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: From "Doowutchyalike":
-->Homegirls, for once, forget you got class\\
See a guy you like? Just grab him in the [[UnusualEuphemism biscuits!]]
** Earlier on in the song:
-->If you're hungry, get yourself something to eat\\
And if you're dirty, then go take a bath\\
Messed up the line? [[LampshadeHanging No, sometimes I don't rhyme]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Digital Underground was originally supposed to be like Music/{{NWA}} and Music/PublicEnemy (read: militant black with lyrics about how racism against black people is still rampant, even in this era of tolerance and acceptance), but the band didn't want to be clones of those groups and opted for something more fun and upbeat (though some songs do address issues about racism and violence in the black community).

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