BB! Presents: Rap Music History #10

Lesson #10:

Digital Underground
“The Dflo Shuttle” (4.8MB)

You know Digital Underground as a one-hit wonder. “Humpty Dance,” right? (You probably know “Freaks of the Industry,” too.) And if you picked up that first album, Sex Packets back in ’89/’90 and you knew your music history you might have said to yourself, “These guys sure love Parliament/Funkadelic.” Yet you still might have written DU off as a one-hit wonder. I did. Until I saw their second album, Sons of the P, and on a whim picked it up. I more or less wore that tape out. The music was even funkier than Sex Packets and just as tight. Now folks sometimes do a double take when I tell them that DU (Shock G, in particular) is one of the unsung genuises of rap music. And it’s too bad that more rap fans haven’t followed DU’s career because aside from a weak third album, The Body Hat Syndrome, all their releases post-Sex Packets have been innovatively funky, silly and enjoyable. DU was also one of the earliest artists to get a sample cleared by Prince. Why? Prince dug what Shock G was doing. Plain and simple. In ’96, DU released their 4th album, Future Rhythm, which contains my favorite DU song, “We Got More”. It’s too recent a release to make it to BB! Presents: Rap Music History, but I encourage you to check it out. If you’ve seen the Wayans’ film Don’t Be A Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood, you’ve heard this most funkdifried of songs.

I had the pleasure of seeing Digital Underground perform a live show back in…’98. On stage, they had 3 or 4 coolers full of free drinks for the audience. Unfortunately, it was an all-ages show so the club shut down that idea. No matter. They were funky as I expected and Shock played piano and Money B rocked the joint and I’m telling you…Digital Underground is sumpin’ else.

p.s. Keep an ear open for 2Pac while you listen to “The Dflo Shuttle”.

(The following disclaimer, stolen by me from Zombie and by him from Bob Mould, slightly modified to my purposes, will be standard for the BB! Presents: Rap Music History series unless otherwise stated.)

MP3 files are posted for evaluation purposes only. Availability is limited: one week from the day of posting. Through this series, I’m trying to educate, share my passion for good music, and promote that good music to others, who will also hopefully continue to support these artists. Everyone is encouraged to purchase music and concert tickets for the artists you feel merit your hard earned dollars. If you hold copyright to one of these songs and would like the file removed, please let me know.

BB! Presents: Rap Music History #10

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