15 June 2006

8+

"Doowutchyalike" by Digital Underground which clocks in at 8:54

You may have noticed before that I'm a very big fan of Digital Underground. Huge. At least, I've listened to their album Sex Packets something like 5,000 times. That number might not even be an exaggeration. I can bust into quoting their rhymes at ANY moment, just like I can with quotes from The Goonies. You want to know what thrills and entertains the general public at parties and social events? Responding like so when someone says they're hungry:

"Now if you're hungry, get yourself something to eat, and if you're dirty, then go take a bath. Messed up the line? Nope, sometimes I don't rhyme. Help yourself to a cracker, with a spread of cheddar cheese. Have a neck bone, you don't have to say please. Eat what ya like, yo, smell how ya like."
Yes, it's a sad life I lead.

The first song to grab my attention from Sex Packets was, obviously, "The Humpty Dance". What an instant classic that was. Next, I fell in love with "Freaks of the Industry" which happens to be one of my favorite songs of all time. That's not to sell "Doowutchyalike" short, it's just that good of a song. But, on "Doowutchyalike" you've got an automatic 8+ minute long party. The bass draws the listener in immediately and in no time a strong beat comes in to anchor the song. Also, without pause, you find out that you're in for a dope group rap/party song. Everyone is invited - "Now, red, white, black, tan, yellow, or brown, it really doesn't matter, we can all get down" - this song brings more people together than Hands Across America.

Keep your ears peeled for many great moments in "Doowutchyalike". At 3:30 there's a break (and faux ending) for radio stations to begin fading out the song. This gives way to the notion that Digital Underground will "...now allow the beat to continue, and proceed to give you more of what you like." Indeed, and next up are some classic samples, a piano solo at about 5:26, and more old-school humor from Shock G and Money B. Baby dope is in tha house!

Buy Sex Packets HERE on Amazon.

EAR FARM's 8+ is a weekly feature that showcases songs longer than 8 minutes. In the recent past these songs were featured on EF's 8+:
British Sea Power - "Lately"
Islands - "Swans"
Isolée - "Pillowtalk"
Animal Collective - "Banshee Beat"
Wilderness - "Post Plethoric Rhetoric"
The Wedding Present - "Interstate 5"
Sleater-Kinney - "Let's Call It Love"
My Morning Jacket - "Dondante"
Wilco - "Spiders (Kidsmoke)"
Isis - "From Sinking"
Lemon Jelly - "A Tune For Jack"
Herbie Hancock - "Sly"
New Order - "Temptation"
Polvo - "El Rocio"
Pulp - "Countdown"
Morrissey - "The Teachers Are Afraid of the Pupils"
Dungen - "Du är för fin för mig"
Loose Fur - "Wreckroom"
The Who - "A Quick One, While He's Away"
Destroyer - "Rubies"
Neu! - "Fuer Immer (forever)"
Iggy Pop - "Mass Production"
The Cure - "Fascination Street" (Extended Mix)
Yo La Tengo - "Let's Be Still"
George Michael - "I Want Your Sex, Pts. 1 &2"

7 comments:

Trevor Jackson said...

Best. Though after getting over "Humpty Dance" and even "Doowutchyalik" I ended up settling on "Underwater Rimes":

I'm a deep sea gangsta
Underwater pranksta
Kissing all the blowfish
Dissin' all the shankstas.

Here comes that stupid shark, guess I better blow up--howww-uuumph.

Jesse a.k.a. The Vicar said...

What about "Freaks of the Industry?"

catdirt said...

oak town in the house!
twas a time when oakland rap was "on the map".

spice 1? who remembers spice 1?
d.u. has a really funny/sad song on a follow up where they rap about they're so poor they have to eat ramen.

did you know that tupac actually grew up in the only poor city in Marin County? That's funny if you know anything about Marin.

d said...

I bust out the humpty dance way too often. sad lives are shared by many.

Anonymous said...

Wow - I thought it was just me who loved Digital Underground! Sex Packets is one album I will never, ever, grow tired of. Classic stuff.

pac and shock luver said...

damn man i agree..........i luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuv digital underground.........but my favorites happen 2 be "same song" and "kiss you back"...........luv a ll their music 2..........make sure u check out shock's album "Fear of a mixed planet" its great!

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