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Sex Packets

Digital Underground

1990

Sex Packets

Album Summary

Sex Packets is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Digital Underground, released on March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20).

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Rating

2.75

Votes

4526

Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Funk
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Thu Sep 02 2021
5

One of my favorite rap albums of all time. Uniquely entertaining with a funny flow. Also responsible for helping to launch the career of Tupac. RIP Tupac and Shock G

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

There are some really fun moments on this album, and I was really grooving to them. "Humpty Dance" is, as always, a fun funky classic. I like the way they swing on "The Way We Swing" (schwing!). "Rhymin' on the Funk" and "Underwater Rimes" continued the fun and I was really getting into this album. I liked how they seemed to really be having fun with this and not taking themselves too seriously. (Did I wince several times? You bet. It's early 90s hip hop. You're gonna wince.) The rest of it, however, while always funky, didn't feel as fun. "The Danger Zone" seemed out of place. Grim. By the time it got to "Freaks of the Industry" it was a little cringy. And then came the songs about the titular ;-) sex packets that were just...strange and creepy. Anyway, it's hard to rate because I did move to this music and I liked their sound so much. I just don't wanna hear about the underage fetish sex packets anymore.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Kinda fun, but so incredibly dated. Not really for me. Also I wasn't expecting multiple songs about a sci-fi sexual fetish, but they may have been the highlight of the album.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Like an hour of listening to Fresh Prince, tiresome.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
5

Awesome album, with some really good songs

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Such a good album! My favourite so far. Every tune was great and the influence it had on all the hip hop I love is clear. Loved it!

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Classic

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

Great album!

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

Weirdly, I really like this. Conceptually, I feel like I would hate a rap concept album about a futuristic sex drug, but the variety and prowess of the rhymes feel futuristic even thirty years later. The production is really clean which is pretty anachronistic in terms of what was popular at the time. There are some duds in the middle of the album, but I like the rest of it enough to give this album a 5. Additionally, the comedic tongue-in-cheekness of the album and the idea of sex packets is very funny and adds to the futuristic tone and themes in the album. The skits aren't overbearing and are used pretty sparingly which is great for its replay-ability. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes hip-hop and conceptual albums. Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 13.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

Gloriously weird in conception, totally hilarious (a component often lacking in the genre) and super detailed in execution. Love what got pulled off here.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

Incredibly fun(ny) shockingly good album. You can't tell me that the rhyme scheme/flow of Packet Man didn't influence Hamilton though

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Unapologetically arrogant and objectifies women and men in a sexual storyline carried throughout the album. I fucking loved it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

This is quite a cool sound, very summery especially to bring out at a party.

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

pretty nice

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

solid 90s rap

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Everyone loves the Humpty Dance, but I don't remember listening to the whole album before.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

As this Era of hip-hop is more of a blindspot for me, I quite enjoyed getting a taste of Westcoast classics, and seeing where my tastes originate from a bit.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

A bit too long, but at its good moments it is a perfect hip hop funk jazz record to make you feel... just great!!

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Really cool vibes. Like the Beastie Boys, another album with sampling at it's heart. But this one has been sampled itself a LOT by all kinds of people, really interesting to read and listen to all those tracks too. Big influence on backpack hiphop. Best discovery of this thing so far 7.5/10

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

90s backpack hip hop? Yes please. Great lyrics, funky production and all round good vibes. Saved to Spotify.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Enjoyed this v much 👌🏽

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Classic old-school hip-hop. Do the Humpty Hump!

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Tue May 04 2021
4

totally hated the first few tracks on this album but it really started growing on me. extra comedic virile Tribe Called Quest vibes. some creative old-school beats too

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Really enjoyed this, loads of big samples and amazing how many peeps have sampled this album!

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Sun Feb 21 2021
4

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Thu May 27 2021
4

30 years in the past/future. RIP

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Fun, early 90s hip hop

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Very entertaining , fun, funny album. The music is not as compelling for me as Fun Lovin' Criminals, but still really good and enjoyable, just as a general commentary....Rap / hiphop albums tend to be TOO LONG!!! Please, please, please being back the 40 minute album. 3.75 🌟

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Zimbabwe got a shoutout on The Way We Swing.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

What's interesting about this album is that so many of the samples sound familiar, but I can't tell if they originate here or are sampled from something famous. Certainly there is a huge P-Funk influence on this album, which fits into the context of what was happening elsewhere in West Coast hip-hop. A lot of the rap from this era doesn't age well because of the mysogeny, homophobia, and cartoonishly violent content, but this album still sounds good 4/5

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

The Humpty Dance is a bop. Gutfest 89 is fun. The sheer amount of Parliament samples is quite impressive. Doowhutchyalike is a send up to early 90's hedonism. Its an afrofuturistic hedonistic album about sex and unrequited desire.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Very cool, very rude.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Great album - really funky early hip hop, with the iconic Humpty Dance and several other head bobbing tracks. Definitely some mature subject matter, but absent a lot of the "I'm going to kill everyone" lyricism of the genre from later in the decade.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Groovie old school hip-hop

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

An album that doesn't get enough praise from the golden era / sample era of hip hop. I think most tracks could shave a minute or so off of them.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Very naughty and a lot of fun - and funky. I enjoyed this one!

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

This album definitely grew on me as it went on. The songs do run a bit long for no good reason, but overall this album was a very fun listen.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

The group, mostly Shock G by the sound of it, produce sex-raps in a low-gonzoness/high-legibility vein. That niche and the unique sound of the thing quickly earned my respect. That said, I continue to not get the p-funk beats which underlie Sex Packets: Just too slow and low-fi. The listening experience was a descent into discomfort.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Strong an consistent rap album from the golden age that i was not familiar with in advance.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Kolejny pik ktorego bym sie nie spodziewal po bialej wyspiarskiej liscie, bo murzynski rap z gatunku konceptowych wariacji lat 90, Sex Packets to debiutancki krazek grupy Digital Underground, ktorej twarza, a raczej nosem byl Shock G, ale kolektyw znany byl z tego, ze przewinelo sie przez niego sporo postaci z rapowej gry zachodniego wybrzeza, nawet 2pac troche sie wypromowal zaakrecajac sie na projektach digitalowych, co do samego krazka, to plyta pochodzi z poczatku lat 90, wiec jest bogato wyprawiona w sample. az dziwne ze nadal wisi na spotifaju, bo sporo materialu z tamtego okresu jest zbyt osamplowane, zeby mozna bylo je grac na strimingu, ponad godzina funkodeli z tlustymi rymami o zabarwieniu mocno hedonistycznie komicznym, bo konceptem plyty jest genetic suppression relief antidotes, wiec pigula po ktorej ma byc czlekowi dobrze, gdy nie moze zrobic sobie dobrze, bo ma wazne zeby do roboty, ale oczywiscie czarne zloczynce uzywaja ich do niecnych celow o ktorych opowiada wlasnie ten album, od strony instrumentalnej slychac parliamentowe sample, daddy kane, hendrixa czy hancocka, wiec czarno to sluchac, na tym funkowych instrumentalach czesto dochodzi do dialogow, monologow i prawdziwych dysput, bo mimo tego ze glownym bohaterem jest pan Shock G jako Humpty Hump, ale przewijaja sie takze inny bohaterowie jak Kenny K, czy Money B, ktory rowniez wnosza cos lirycznego od siebie, wiec nie jest to nudna godzina, fajnie sobie odswiezyc takiego klasyka, zwlaszcza ze brakuje na liscie albumow z jajcem, a taki wlasnie humorek przemyca sex packets, na plejke leci openingowy the humpty dance i doowutchyalike, tak w ogole nie czuc tego, ze jest to debiutancki material grupy, bo tworza az tak pewna atmosfere jak prawdziwe freaki tego industri, ale z drugiej strony nie kojarze duzo z ich pozniejszej dyskografii

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: doowutchyalike, sex packets, freaks of the industry

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

There sure aren't all that many hip hop concept albums, and this might even be the first. The first few tracks had me questioning my sanity. Is this ICP? Nope. ICP don't rap about underwater concerts. With 30 years reflection, this seems - well - kinda childish. I'd imagine that some 14 year olds would snigger along to the lyrics. Despite that, it's classic hip hop done actually pretty well, with good beats and excellent flow. Sure, some tracks needed the judicious application of the "skip" button but in the main, I quite enjoyed it.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

"Man, if I get another VCR imma hurt somebody." is possibly the best closing line to any album ever. Loved the production on this, some of it is obviously dated, but mostly it was just good fun.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

I knew nothing about the band or the album. And when listening to the opening track, The Humpty Dance, I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear much more. Then the Hendrix sample on The Way We Swing got me totally interested & I have to say I loved this album. The title track is terrific, as is Rhymin On The Funk, both with Parliament samples, and I was also taken by Underwater Rimes, which felt like a hip-hop version of The B-52’s Rock Lobster. The impersonation of Edward G. Robinson’s gangster persona is a scream. And I loved the final track, Doowutchyalike. It said a lot about the band’s approach to music, as well as life. This is one of the most soulful hip-hop albums I’ve ever heard. A great listen.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Wish I’d heard these guys in 1990! Sadly (?), my limited listening time today was focused on getting geared up for the Oils’ last ever show at the Palais. But from what I heard, I’ll be back to hear the rest.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Classic

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Like this a lot. Good old school rap.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

So this is the humpty dance

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

6/9 humpty dumped

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Wed Nov 11 2020
3

Seminal hip hop album. Like most of its ilk though... 15-20 mins too long!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Dope beats, tekst is heel erg jaren '90 - zo onschuldig nog. Vind het verder niet echt een tof album ofzo, heb hem niet afgeluisterd.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Crude to be sure.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Interesting album. Clear rap lyrics. Was this an influential album? otherwise can't understand why is this is on this list. It does have the humpty dance on here.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Bra! Jävligt oldschool, tidsmaskin till 80/90, det va coolt. Bra musiker. Men hela Sex Packets-delen?? Hahah va i helvete hände med texten? Aja, det va coolt, uppskattade att lyssna på det men vet inte om jag kommer lyssna igen.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

This is a throwback to school dances. Gotta admit I’ve only heard Humpty before this listen. The rest of pretty good, funky samples decent rhyming. Considering the era this is pretty darn good. RIP Shock G who just passed.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

It was alright. Seemed pretty typical late 80s, early 90s rap from what I remember.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Schon ok

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Fun, classic hiphop

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Humpty Dance is great. Pretty funny album but drags a bit by the end

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Did really enjoy it. Some mega bants tunes. Did lose me 3/4 in. So will be revisiting

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Ik vond het een stuk minder erg dan ik vooraf gedacht had. Best vrolijke rap eigenlijk.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
3

Pleasant surprise. Not a fan of title track though...

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Fun. Not sure it's a must listen. Humpty Dance is enjoyable for sure.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Album too long, songs too long. Enjoyable otherwise

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

very catchy bits in some of the songs. had me singing lyrics i didn't even know

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Funny, not great hiphop but the lyrics were genius

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Pretty solid, but kind of overstays its welcome.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
3

Buen disco. No me atrapo alguna canción en particular, fue más como una sola unidad. Interesante y fresco

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

Ekalla kuuntelukerralla jutut jaksoi hymyilyttää, mutta tokalla kerralla oli vähän raskaampi setti. Jätkillä on varmaan siistit Civicit, sen verran kovia panomiehiä olivat. Ja jonkun virtuaalipillerinkin olivat keksineet. Ei tämä mikään huono ollut, joten tarjotaan perus kolmosta.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Strong 3 stars. It’s a good blend of hip hop and funk, but I find it very self aggrandizing.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
3

Remember it

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

Schon ganz cool…

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Ok but pretty simplistic rhymes and often drawn of songs.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Okay, in one respect, Sex Packets isn't all that impressive. The rhymes and rhythms aren't especially inventive, and since rap and hip hop are generally judged on these elements, that would seem to be a deal breaker. But Sex Packets has a few things in its favor. First, there is the amiable, relaxed quality of the raps. There is no misogyny or homophobia to be found here--this is a party record. On the breakout hit, The Humpty Dance, the subject is putatively sex, but the way these guys approach it, they're just joking around. The raps are reasonably humorous. It's a nice change. The second factor is, freed from the pressure to impress, the raps are fluid and effortless. Finally, and most importantly, the tunes are built on samples from the P-funk library and one Hendrix tune, so the musicianship is excellent by default. Okay, let's not get carried away. This is not a great record by any stretch. I mean, 90% of the music is by other artists, but even if it is good, but Digital Underground uses it in the least imaginative way possible. The lack of ambition, which allows Digital Underground to perform within their abilities, is a two-edged sword. While Sex Packets is a painless listen, it's a shallow one.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Some real bangers in this album, some other songs were like cabbage island.... only okay.

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Sat Sep 18 2021
3

Fun, eclectic group of songs with a party vibe and a sense of humor. The concept part of the album is ridiculous, but they make it work somehow. Sampling could be more subtle, but hey, I like P-Funk. I'll allow it. Fave Songs: Doowutchyalike, Rhymin' on the Funk, The Danger Zone, The Humpty Dance

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Fri Sep 24 2021
3

Good beats, terrible lyrics

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Hip-hop can be corny, too. It wasn’t all gun battles and baby mama drama. (5/10) FT: The Way We Swing

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Pioneers in their own right

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Not really into it but big

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

foundational but not especially enjoyable

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Humpty Hump always seemed like a fun joke song, and to be clear it isn't like DU is taking themselves too seriously here. But it's got some real jams and grooves. This is a fun album that is a lot more than skin deep

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Wow, not my normal kind of listen but interesting and fun to go through nevertheless!

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Some funk, some New Jack sound, love Shock G’s smooth voice/raps—gives me jazz hip hop/alt hip hop feels (a La Digable Planets, Tribe Called Quest, US3 etc). Very listenable—the lyrics/tracks don’t make come back though.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
3

This was cool, but a little undercooked for my taste

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

I knew Humpty, but for the rest of this album, it was a first. It really grabbed my attention…for a while. The funky beats with the silly raps are very 90s danceable. I enjoyed the nostalgia of the sound. The bulk of the sexual themes were mostly uninteresting to me, and after a while it felt like it was too drawn out. I connected with many of the samples, and I enjoyed how DU used them…but then I just wanted to go listen to the sources of the samples.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

The Humpty Dance, Dowhatchalike, etc. Love the raunchiness. Takes me back to middle school dance parties.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

I sat in this album for weeks before I listened because I couldn’t imagine the album famous for The Humpty Dance would be particularly good, but it was actually decent. There were some clever rhymes but the general feel was like a knock-off De La Soul. Even if I didn’t think it was GREAT hip hop, it was enjoyable. 3.5/5 stars

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Funny rhymes! Thought humpty dance would be the best part but a lot of the other songs were up there too!

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

Morning wood. Pitching a tent. Stimulus package. You’ve heard of mockumentaries, right? Well, I think this is the first mockcept LP I’ve ever heard. Digital Underground describes this as a concept album about a pharmaceutical substance called a Sex Packet that provides a good sexual experience ‘where the normal attainment of such experiences would be counter-productive to the mission at hand.’ Said Sex Packet is featured on the cover, glowing blue, and the final several tracks in particular laud its virtues. Indeed, the majority of rhymes on 'Sex Packets' are a celebration… no, more accurately, a congratulation of the artists’ own sexual prowess. On a couple of the other tracks, we find Digital Underground further boasting on their rapping skills. And finally, on ‘Underwater Rimes,’ they brag about both: rappin’ and humpin’! Look, this is what it is, and ain’t what it ain’t. Its intended as good fun, in the moment. There’s no consideration of the consequences of all this humpin’, nor any significant statements about their experience as African-Americans in 1990. It ain’t Public Enemy or N.W.A, in other words. But hey, there’s a place for that in hip-hop. I can only sustain, for a while, the kind of rapt attention that an artist like Bob Dylan requires. Eventually, I gotta pogo to a little Ramones, too, just for joyful relief. Lyrics aside, this is a funky, funky LP. Loved the music, loved the meter of the rhymin’, all that ‘New Jazz.’ Be great for a party, with the bass a thumpin’, and afterwards when I gets to the humpin’. 3 outta 5. Why not?

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

It's like the big payback all over again. Booya!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

V experimental. V 90s!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

West Coast hip hop. Early 90's. Little funky and Fresh Prince-y. Some funny lines... some weird ones too. My interest lagged off before the last few songs but I'm also feeling kinda off today so that could be me, or the album. Didn't hate it either way.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

I don't really like the lyrics but the beats are pretty good.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

Old school hip Hop here, great songs with the positive lyricism of bands of the era. I liked "Sex Packets" and "The Humpty Dance". Slightly misogynistic at times but a good album, of it's era.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Opet beatovi/instrumental vrhunski, inace nekad dosadno.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Odmah da kažem da mi oduvijek nije pasao naziv albuma, a bome i cover. Općenito veliki problem u hip hopu budu natrpani albumi pjesmama (mislim čim će drugim bit), nepotrebno. Overstejaju svoju dobrodošlicu. Nije loš, ima dobrih trenutaka, nekad boljih, funkističan, ali kažem, neke pjesme traju minutu više nego što trebaju.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

This is dated on the best possible way and I see no future where I would not like to listen to The Way We Sing.

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Bom.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

m’étant endormie au bout de 6 minutes je n’ai malheureusement pas eu l’occasion d’être pleinement en immersion dans la thématique riche de l’album

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

I thought I would enjoy this, but the songs are just too long. It's still pretty good, but I don't see myself ever going back to it and listening to the entire album again. "The Humpty Dance" is a classic, no doubt. Most songs are really good even, but for some reason all of them are over 5 minutes long (up to 9 minutes). They lose their steam halfway through - "Doowutchyalike" should have really just ended on that fake fade-out gag. Loved the concept of "sex packets". It's like they made a whole album based on some random Family Guy cutaway joke. Also "MC Blowfish"? How the fuck do you come up with that. How do you drag that concept out of your head. I love it.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
3

As someone who really doesn't like rap, I found this one of the most listenable rap albums I've heard since a long time. Not something I'd actively listen to, but I listened from start to finish without skipping or getting bothered at all. The lyrics I paid attention to were funny.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I think the only song on here that will be any good is 'Humpty Dance'. Let's see. Yeah, I think that's it. I do like the production on it - there's some depth to these beats. I'll give this one extra points for being a concept album about a drug that makes astronauts orgasm? And the song Gutfest '89 also gets some extra points for bein' real gross. But that still only adds up to a 3.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Sort of a one track album. Sadly that track is the first one. The iconic Humpty Dance BRINGS IT. The rest of the album doesn’t quite live up to that.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Lord, he obsessed with women

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

The funky basslines on this thing are INSANE Some of the bars on this album are so crazy (i havent decided if its a good thing or bad thing yet) I feel like this album in general didnt age amazingly, it is absolutely a staple of its era, though. You wouldn't see anyone making something like this in 2022 Barely any of the bars that I will remember going forward have aged well at all I can see the influence this album has in later artists such as Del The Funky Homosapien I just dont think this album has aged well, I do like the instrumentals for almost every track though 5/10

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

I like this album, i can see myself getting into more old school hiphop. Also, Freaks of the industry had me rolling.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Old school hip hop, gets pretty goofy at times

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Cheesy and funny 90’s rap. Fine to listen to

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Listened to on 8/11/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: The Humpty Dance I enjoyed this hip hop album way more than I thought I was going to but it didn’t have a clear vibe

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

LP

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Quite fun

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Not really my style of hip hop, but extra points for Oakland 3/5

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

🤣🤣 “The album is a concept album about "G.S.R.A." (Genetic Suppression Relief Antidotes), a... large glowing pill about the size of a quarter, which comes in a condom-sized package and is allegedly developed by the government to provide its intended users such as astronauts with a satisfying sexual experience in situations where the normal attainment of such experiences would be counter-productive to the mission at hand.” 2.5 ish for the music... round up to 3 for the comedy.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

There's something here. The wild plot and creativity can't be denied, but a lot of this just doesn't hit for me. Its a 2.5 and rounding up.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
3

Better than I thought but generally not my preference in music

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

the humpty dance is shamelessly horny. so is most of the album actually. underwater rimes is such a stupid song. 10/10 shout-out girls with back fat album gets a 3.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

dowhatyalike is oft forgotten, but really offers a solid backing to Humpty Dance, which is a really catchy diddy.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Vaguest awareness of this group from the Humpty Dance which was big for a while in my late high school/early college days. I don’t recall noting anything about it at the time except the chorus which seemed repetitive and inane to me. It’s interesting to listen to it again decades later, and with a lot more hip hop listening under my belt, and realize how funny and satirical and self-aware the lyrics are. The whole album is pretty funny actually, and lyrically reminiscent to me of subversive avant-rock material like Beefheart or Zappa. Wrapping up a long album with a 15 minute suite about an alternative reality where there’s a pill that makes you have an intense imaginary sexual experience is an... interesting choice. Overall I liked it, though the minimalist backing and repetitive nature of a lot of he songs left me feeling like it ran longer than it needed to to make its point.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
3

A little slow or repetitive at time with the songs being so long, but also really fun and hilarious as well. Pretty good flows and rhymes keep it interesting even with some sort of bland production. 6/10

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Samples some great funk beats, but I’d rather just listen to those original tracks. Most songs are way too long

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Wow, so bad

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

This vintage hip-hop thing is not really my type of thing.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Not really my thing, but some decent beats.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

didn't listen to it all but was interesting

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

A mediocre to boring rap album. 6.4/10

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Sat Jul 03 2021
2

Ehh

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Mon Aug 09 2021
2

This album isn't that bad. The only problem is that it's a concept album that revolves around being horny. I guess I should've tailored my expectations with a name like Sex Packets but still. The album is mixed great, and it sounds really good; however, I wouldn't ever be able to listen to this casually due to how uncomfortable it makes me. Favorite track: Sex Packets

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Good 90s hip hop. With age, more "fun" than "transformative."

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

Ich kann es rational erfassen aber mehr nicht

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Mon Sep 20 2021
2

Besides the first song, never really hear anything from them. Their rap style isn’t too complex and their rhymes aren’t bad. But their songs feel generic and their beats aren’t anything outstanding. It’s an ok rap album. 5.5/10

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Inte bra men stund is rolig

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Wed Oct 06 2021
2

Its smooth hip hop but fairly boring. The production is good for the most part, delivers a good sound. Some of the beats like the first half of Sex Packets and The Way We Swing are enjoyable. It is however at times incredibly lame. For instance, the Humpty Dance was pure cringe and it reminds me of a spoof of 90s rap that would feature in The Simpsons. It was a bold claim in Gutfest '89 to compare themselves with The Clash and The Who but you have to back it with memorable intriguing songs. Its not terrible and offensive but I couldn't enjoy this album.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

nothing new

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Sun Nov 07 2021
2

Humpty Dance is a strangely funky one, probably didn't give the rest of it enough of a chance

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Fri Nov 19 2021
2

corny as fuck

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Thu Nov 25 2021
2

Digital Underground's debut hip-hop album. It performed well commercially, as a result of its singles becoming club hits, and the album was able to achieve platinum certification. This time period was arguably the best for lyricists and writers of hip-hop/rap albums - this album being a good example. Simple club beats with great-rhyming lyrics about sex and partying compose this album and it was fun to listen to.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
2

Not sure why this is included in the list of albums you must listen to before you die. It’s ok 90’s hip hop but not that great and most of the songs are at least 2 minutes too long.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Definitely the raunchiest album I have had on this list so far. I am not a fan of rap in general, but I could still appreciate some of the stuff they were trying to do here. Most of it doesn't feel dated, but there are some moments that definitely pinpoint this album to the year 1990. On the first listen, I enjoyed the The Humpty Dance (catchy) and Freaks of the Industry (smooth) the most, but they are songs that I don't see wanting to listen to again in the future. The main thing that brings this album down for me is its length; it has no right to be over an hour long. If they trimmed some of the fat, I probably would look at this one a little more positive. 2/5. NOTE: this is probably the worst album art I have seen so far on this list. It's hilariously dated.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

Not terrible, but not amazing. I can understand people loving this, but I think you had to be there at the time.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

The first several songs were pretty good, albeit with some usual braggy rap that went on a little too long for my taste. “The Way We Swing” was pretty clever musically and I thought they were pretty funny in “Underwater Rimes.” So after song 5 I thought this album might be a surprise. Things went south quickly. “Gutfest ‘89” is definitely an event to avoid. Pretty much everything else seems kind of toxic and awful. I was glad when it was over. I did like two songs. But it left me nauseous and I have no interest in hearing this album again.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

Welllllllllllll...I was having a pretty good time at this party. I've always liked The Humpty Dance. It's cheeky and fun. The next track talks about verbal rape but ok, I guess that's just some macho posturing and it was 1990 and all. Rhymin' on the Funk, The New Jazz, and Underwater Rimes are fine with their "smooth flow" and "dope rhymes" such as "mobster" and "lobster." (Sincerely! Not sarcasm! The quotes are from the album!) These guys mostly seem silly and fun. And then...the last half of the record felt like I was listening to a joke where I wasn't exactly the punchline but the joke really wasn't meant for my ears (and maybe as a woman, I was punchline-adjacent). I won't say I was offended by all the sex talk --- I'm a feminist killjoy, not a prude --- but I didn't enjoy it and wanted to leave the party. I'll just take The Humpty Dance and go.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

Hmmmm...

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Thu Dec 30 2021
2

The running time of 65 minutes makes this album bloated. A couple of good songs and I suppose the Sex Packets tracks at the end was an attempt at a funny narrative, esp. in the era of gangsta rap, but ultimately isn't that successful.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
2

This was a brutal listen as in boring. I don't get it but me and hip hop have a love/hate relationship.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

Not bad for early 90’s hip hop. Not great either

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Wed Feb 09 2022
2

Not my thang

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

It's an early 90s hiphop concept album about magic sex pills. It's not boring for sure, but did you really think it would be good?

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Hip hop suave. Con ritmo. Para amantes del género. No me ha aportado especialmente

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Ovo bi mogla slusat negdje vani uz alkohol al ovak sama od doma me ubi.

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Thu May 12 2022
2

Horrible

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Thu May 12 2022
2

Shits dated as it gets lol. It's pretty fucking fun though.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

It's quite fun for a while, but I lost interest in it pretty quickly - an hour of this stuff is just too much. Probably would've stepped up to 3 had it been a tighter 35-45 minutes, but there's too much filler (both in the album as a whole and within a lot of the individual tracks), so it's a 2. Won't ever put it on again, I imagine, but don't regret listening to it.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Interesting enough.

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Não consegui escutar até o final.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
2

Creo que sería un muy buen disco si las canciones no fueran tan largas y con tanto espacio donde sólo se repite la base. Creo que esa estructura no agrega nada y hace el disco pesado y repetitivo. Tiene buenos sampleos y buen rappeo pero a cada canción podemos recortar minuto y medio sin problema. Al final se me hizo tedioso.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

My favorite thing about this album is that it does have moments of gangsta rap, but it's only just a guy rapping in a 1920s movie gangster voice. Lol. How did that not take off?? I mean, I suppose there's probably some article somewhere about how this album is significant and important in helping set the stage for a form of alternative hip hop. But I don't know that this alone makes it worthy of being on this list. Some of these songs go on forever and none of it really feels essential aside from the gimmicky opener, which is at least catchy. Surely there are other records in this lane that are better from start to finish. That said I would totally wear a Gutfest '89 t-shirt.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Ayoooo who up listening to Sex Packets in 2022?

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Some cuts are listenable.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

LOL well what a journey this was. Finding it hard to believe this was a contender with other similar era of hip hop. Major cringe some of the lyrics, particularly the sex quiz one and all the words about slamming pussy etc etc. Luke enjoyed the one about Packet Man as he thought it had a jazzy riff

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Funky sound, but unquestionably dated. The lyrics are so intentionally over-the-top that it's undeniably funny for a while, but it goes on for far too long to maintain my amusement. I would never listen to this again, and won't remember it for long, but at least it got a few smirks out of me while it lasted. Probably the strangest concept album I have ever listened to. Standout tracks: "The Humpty Dance" and "Doowutchyalike"

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

so 90's it hurts

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Sun Aug 07 2022
2

Some good instrumentals, I'm not a big fan of the lyrics

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Sun Aug 21 2022
2

Tracks are repetitive, and way too long. Plenty of rap albums around this time that were way better.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
2

Best Song: The Humpty Dance. Yeah it feels silly, but it's still better than the rest of the awkward, overly serious (and overly long) tracks on the album. Worst Song: Freaks of the Industry. My campaign against sex moans as background music continues. This shit is just awkward, not interesting. Like, did at any point during writing/recording did this group of dudes question themselves as they went through line after line of corny sex poetry? Overall: What is it about hip hop from this era that always sounds like it's being performed by Snagglepuss? The best parts of this album are its samples.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

Obviously, this album is aimed at having fun. I particularly enjoyed Humpty Dance (a classic party jam) and the way we swing (heavily built around a Jimi Hendrix sample. I love the way they scratch the original guitar solo into the song). Funky and fun, I found the adolescent sexual humour a little wearing after a while. Great singles, but hard to sustain for 70+ minutes. This could have been a really tight 40 minutes record. At least there are no skits.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
2

Some pretty good songs, and some that are completely uninspired. It's overall an average album with a couple killer tracks

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

The underwater song was fantastic. If there was 17 songs like that I would of given it a 3 maybe a 4 but a lot of the other songs I really did not like. So I’ll give it a 2

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Eh dug the old school vibez, could have done with a few songs of this and called it quits

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Didn't age well

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Fri Oct 07 2022
2

classic 80s hip hop thirst album.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Golden age hip hopalternative hip hop

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

A bit of a grind to get through this album. Humpty Dance is creative and fun, but certainly a bit long in the tooth now. It is creative at times, but the smooth soft talking rapping approach with a funk twang doesn't do it for me. Wanted to turn it off.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
2

Lucky to get one star

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Wed May 05 2021
1

If I dislike something I can usually understand why other people might like, or why it could be considered a significant album. This though, I have no idea why it's on the list. It's so sleazy, with lyrics about masturbatory fantasies and the degradation of women. Really horrible. Despite there being abums from the 50s on the list, this feels far more out of date than anything I've heard so far. It feels grimy and sticky, so nasty.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
1

I just can’t

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Wed May 05 2021
1

Ik kan dit niet serieus nemen.

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Wed May 05 2021
1

Voelde heel erg terug begin van de nineties, maar dat was het dan ook wel. Deed me niets en soms zelfs saai.

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Wed May 05 2021
1

nee

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Wed May 05 2021
1

ok, dat vond ik echt niks. Dat eerste nummer over zijn "dansje" heb ik net kunnen luisteren maar toen werd het me toch echt te gortig.

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Sun May 16 2021
1

Aged badly, and it wasn’t even that great to begin with

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Sat Jul 17 2021
1

Really?

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Mon Apr 05 2021
1

This is bad. Ive never been fond of the "new Jack swing" genre, but this has little redeeming qualities. The only beat that I found mildly interesting is The Humpty Dance, and I don't know if it's actually intriguing or just nostalgia.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
1

Baby the humpty dance is 6 and a half minutes long

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Tue Jul 27 2021
1

Aika sekavaa. Osa biiseistä yritti olla jonkinlaista ganstaräppiä, kun välillä mentiin varsin juustoisiin r&b tunnelmiin. Genre(t) ei ole yhtään omaan makuuni, eikä toteutuskaan toimi. Kertakuuntelu riitti mielipiteen muodostamiseen. Ykkösen ja kakkosen välimaastossa keikutaan, mutta tällä kertaa armoa ei heru.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
1

not my thing

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Thu Sep 16 2021
1

Hip Hop raiz, parecem as rimas de um maluco no pedaço. Tentei ouvir muitas vezes, nunca terminei. Vou pular pra ir pro próximo.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
1

They're very talented. I just didn't think it was that funny. 1

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Wed Nov 17 2021
1

Ég hélt fyrst að þetta væri grín. Svo mundi ég eftir árinu 1990.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
1

no

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Wed Jan 19 2022
1

lol

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

Gosh - another one for 13 year old boys to giggle over. Lots of rude words and saucy in your endo. Doesn't seem to deserve a place in the list .

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Sun Feb 20 2022
1

Ill advised. Overly long. Not nearly as clever or as culturally relevant as the creators imagine. Honestly, it's just really, really dumb. I hate that I had to waste an hour on this. Best track: (not found)

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Wed Feb 23 2022
1

Awful. Pointless.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
1

Humpty Dance album- corny rap

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Wed Jun 22 2022
1

Hip hop executed badly. Poor effort.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
1

Rap - I had excluded this from my albums - I detest it. A rating of 1 will be given. This is because there is no option to record 'no rating' and I really did not like any of it.

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