Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hotbox #11: The Humpty Dance

Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance" was easily the group's biggest hit; a karaoke favorite even today and an excellent example of a second-generation break. The backbone of this beat is Sly & The Family Stone's "Sing A Simple Song", a popular break in itself which will be featured in an upcoming mix.

The group's 1990 platinum single had producers checking for the drum break; it was featured on numerous New Jack Swing tracks by 1992, but also on some hardcore hip hop, which is frontloaded on this mix. The group adressed this beat jacking in typical humorous fashion on "The Humpty Dance Awards" off their third album.

There are several tracks on here (such as Redman's "Blow Your Mind") that may not sample "The Humpty Dance" explicitly, but if in the early 90's you sampled those Sly drums and put a clap over the snare, you were heavily jacking Humpty's swag. Most of the R&B tracks at the end have not aged well at all, and are featured in short snippets.

1. The Humpty Dance - Digital Underground
2. Jackin' For Beats - Ice Cube
3. Buck Tha Devil - Da Lench Mob
4. Can't Truss It - Public Enemy
5. Ain't That A Bitch - KAM
6. Behind Closed Doors - WC & The MAAD Circle
7. Blow Your Mind - Redman
8. The Humpty Dance Awards - Digital Underground
9. Playground - Another Bad Creation
10. You Gotta Believe - Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch
11. Two Can Play That Game - Bobby Brown
12. Closet Doors - Hotbox
13. Lost In The Storm - Chubb Rock
14. Hat 2 Da Back - TLC
15. What About Your Friends - TLC
16. Live And Learn - Joe Public
17. Can I Party - Ahmad
18. Love Makes No Sense - Alexander O'Neal
19. Don't Be Afraid - Aaron Hall
20. It's Not Your Money - Oaktown 3-5-7
21. You Got It - Jodeci (feat. Redman)

Hotbox #11: The Humpty Dance (45:09 mix)

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