“Doowutchyalike” by Digital Underground (1989)

Digital Underground’s parties must have been lit as fuck. Even when they were on the serious tip (which was not often), DU’s music had a lighthearted feel to them. They felt inclusive in a way that Public Enemy and NWA were not, while also not sounding soft or not sellouts.

“Doowutchyalike” is a party where everyone’s welcome. Whether you’re a pink-skinned Yankee or a blue-black Southerner, a ditch digger or a governor, you can hang out with Shock, Humpty and Money B. If you’re a girl and you see a guy you like, you can just grab him in the biscuits! Feel free to have a cracker with a spread of cheddar cheese, or even a neckbone! You don’t have to say please! Bottom line: if you want to have a good time, this is the place you want to be.

Shock G was (and is) a musical cat. An actual musician and conceptual artist in a way that a lot of hip-hoppers from that time period were not. “Doowutchyalike” has a piano solo (something completely unimaginable in hip-hop today). There’s also a sped up Doug E. Fresh (”I see guys and girls dancin’”), a shout out to Vanessa Williams (”you’re so divine/just had to put your name in my rhyme” and, perhaps most ingeniously, instructions on when radio jocks can fade the song out, complete with a beep and a pause before the party resumes in all its Humptified glory.

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