Digital Underground

Digital Underground

Biography

Digital Underground was an alternative rap group from Oakland, California. Their personnel steadily changed and rotated along with each album and tour.

Digital Underground's leader was Greg "Shock G" Jacobs (also known as Humpty Hump), cousin of The Time's lead singer Morris Day, illegitimate son of Bootsy Collins, and stepson of George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton. Shock G formed the group in 1987 with Jimi "Chopmaster J" Dright of Berkeley, California, and Tampa hip-hop radio deejay Kenneth "Kenny-K" Waters.

Heavily influenced by the various funk bands of the 1970s, Digital Underground sampled such music frequently, which became a defining element of West Coast rap. As "Rackadelic", Jacobs designed album covers and cartoon-laced liner notes, in homage to Parliament-Funkadelic album designs. Digital Underground is also notable for launching the career of member Tupac Shakur, as well as spinning off side projects and solo acts including Raw Fusion, Saafir, and female singer Mystic.

Following the release of their "Doowutchyalike" single and video in the summer of 1989, and the band's gained popularity by their song "The Humpty Dance" in 1990, Digital Underground toured nearly every year up until 2008; this consisted of thousands of live shows in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. While the group's origins lay mostly in Oakland and Berkeley, California, various characters and voices from around the U.S. appeared on the band's albums, while Shock G and Money-B were the only individuals to appear on every album. Other recurring key contributors were David "DJ Fuze" Elliot, and deejay/producer Jeremy "J-Beats" Jackson, who both assisted Jacobs in developing the sound.

After approximately twenty years of touring, Shock G announced that the group would officially disband in 2008. Shortly after that announcement was made, the group also confirmed that their May 2008 album ..Cuz A d.u. Party Don't Stop! would be their last studio effort.

Discography

Digital Underground - Sex Packets

Digital Underground - Sex Packets

Tommy Boy Music 1990
Digital Underground - This Is An E.P. Release

Digital Underground - This Is An E.P. Release

Tommy Boy Music 1990
Digital Underground - Sons Of The P

Digital Underground - Sons Of The P

Big Life 1991
Digital Underground - The "Body-Hat" Syndrome

Digital Underground - The "Body-Hat" Syndrome

Tommy Boy Music 1993
Digital Underground - Future Rhythm

Digital Underground - Future Rhythm

Critique 1996
Digital Underground - Who Got The Gravy

Digital Underground - Who Got The Gravy?

Interscope Records 1998
Digital Underground - The Lost Files

Digital Underground - The Lost Files

Lil' Butta Records 1999
Digital Underground - No Nose Job: The Legend Of Digital Underground

Digital Underground - No Nose Job: The Legend Of Digital Underground

Tommy Boy Music 2001
Digital Underground - Playwutchyalike: The Best Of...

Digital Underground - Playwutchyalike: The Best Of Digital Underground

Rhino Entertainment 2003
Digital Underground - "..Cuz A D.U. Party Don't Stop!"

Digital Underground - "..Cuz A D.U. Party Don't Stop!"

Jake Records 2008
Digital Underground - The Greenlight EP

Digital Underground - The Greenlight EP

Jake Records 2010

Guest Appearances

Raw Fusion - Live From The Styleetron
  • Rockin' To The P.M.

Raw Fusion - Live From The Styleetron

Hollywood BASIC 1991
Professor X - Puss 'N Boots (The Struggle Continues)
  • Close The Crackhouse

Professor X - Puss 'N Boots (The Struggle Continues...)

Polydor 1993
2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.
  • I Get Around

2Pac - Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.

Interscope Records 1993
2Pac - Me Against The World
  • So Many Tears

2Pac - Me Against The World

Interscope Records, Atlantic 1995
Identity - Ransom Note
  • Confidential Informers

Identity - Ransom Note

Identity Records, Ocean Floor Records 1998
DJ Quik - Balance & Options
  • Do Wutcha Want

DJ Quik - Balance & Options

Arista 2000
2Pac - Resurrection
  • Same Song

2Pac - Resurrection

Interscope Records 2003
Paris - The Devil Made Me Remix
  • Time For Peace

Paris - The Devil Made Me Remix

Guerrilla Funk Recordings 2004
Taj Mahal - Planet Of The Bathing Apes
  • Digital Underground Flys

Taj Mahal - Planet Of The Bathing Apes

Aviator Music Group 2005
Young Mass - Young Mass
  • Blue Skyy Remix

Young Mass - Young Mass

Massterpiece Entertainment 2008

Compilations

We're All In The Same Gang
  • We're All In The Same Gang (Gangster Mix)

The West Coast Rap All-Stars - We're All In The Same Gang

Warner Bros. Records 1990
Yo! MTV Raps Vol. 2
  • Doowutchyalike

Various - Yo! MTV Raps Vol. 2

Jive 1991
Nothing But Trouble (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
  • Same Song

Various - Nothing But Trouble (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Warner Bros. Records 1991
Money-B Presents Folk Music Volume 1 (Music By My Folks, Fo' My Folks)
  • How Long

Money-B Presents Folk Music Volume 1 (Music By My Folks, Fo' My Folks)

Bobby Beats Records 1996
George Clinton - Greatest Funkin' Hits
  • Knee Deep (Midnight Mix)

George Clinton - Greatest Funkin' Hits

Capitol Records 1996
Death Row - Greatest Hits
  • I Get Around (Remix)

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits

Death Row Records, Interscope Records 1996
Chuy Gomez Presents Best Of The Bay Chapter I
  • Wussup Wit The Luv?

Various - Chuy Gomez Presents Best Of The Bay: Chapter I

Bay Rider Entertainment 1997
Oakland Soul (The Bay Area Soundtrack)
  • Holla' At Me

Various - Oakland Soul (The Bay Area Soundtrack)

Street Level Records 1998
Bay Area's Greatest Hits
  • Freaks Of The Industry

Various - Bay Area's Greatest Hits Volume 1: Platinum Balla's And Hustla's

Rusu Records 1998
2Pac - Greatest Hits
  • So Many Tears

2Pac - Greatest Hits

Virgin 1998
Death Row - Greatest Hits Vol. 2
  • I Get Around (Remix)

Various - Death Row - Greatest Hits Vol. 2

Death Row Records 2002
Bay Area Hip-Hop History 101
  • Your Life's A Cartoon

Various - Bay Area Hip-Hop History 101

Hype Records 2005
Big Pun - In Memory Of... Vol. 1
  • The Mission

Big Pun - In Memory Of... Vol. 1

CMP Entertainment 2007
Numskull Of The Luniz - Hear This!!
  • Glooty-Us-Maximus

Numskull Of The Luniz - Hear This!!

Numworld Entertainment 2008
Luniz - The Lost Tapes
  • We Got More

Luniz - The Lost Tapes

Godzilla Entertainment, Numworld Entertainment 2008
Various - Westside Bugg Presents The Best Of The West
  • Cali Boogie

Various - Westside Bugg Presents The Best Of The West

Jake Records 2008