Studio album by Digital Underground
26 March 1990
1989-1990 at Starlight Sound (Richmond, California), Alpha Omega (San Francisco, California), Hayes Recording Studio (Tampa Bay, Florida) and J-Jam Recording (Oakland Hills, California)
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This Is an EP Release (1991)
Sex Packets is the debut album by American hip hop group Digital Underground, released in 1990 on Tommy Boy Records. It is a concept album about "G.S.R.A." (Genetic Suppression Relief Antidotes), a substance that is produced in the form of 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 with a satisfying sexual experience in situations where the normal attainment of such experiences would be impossible.
Shock G, Digital Underground's frontman, is the lead vocalist on the album, and performs vocals under additional aliases, such as Humpty Hump and M.C. Blowfish. He also performs piano using the alias The Piano Man, and drew artwork in the album's liner notes as Rackadelic.
The album was released in the spring of 1990 following the success of its two lead singles: "Doowutchyalike", a moderate club hit, followed by "The Humpty Dance", which reached #11 on the pop charts, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. The album itself reached #24 on the Billboard 200 and #8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Sex Packets received positive reviews and eventually reached platinum sales.
|1.||"The Humpty Dance"||Humpty Hump||Humphrey, Jacobs||The Underground||6:30|
|2.||"The Way We Swing"||M.C. Blowfish, Shock G||Blowfish, Hendrix, Jacobs||The Underground||6:48|
|3.||"Rhymin' on the Funk"||Shock G, Money-B||Brooks, Elliot, Jacobs||The Underground, Raw Fusion||6:16|
|4.||"The New Jazz (One)"||-||Jacobs, Waters||The Underground||0:37|
|5.||"Underwater Rimes (Remix)"||Shock G, Money-B, M.C. Blowfish||Blowfish, Jacobs||The Underground||4:23|
|6.||"Gutfest '89 (Edit)"||Shock G, Money-B||Brooks, Jacobs||The Underground, Raw Fusion||5:50|
|7.||"The Danger Zone"||Shock G, Kenny K||Jacobs, Waters||The Underground||5:31|
|8.||"Freaks of the Industry"||Shock G, Money-B||Brooks, Jacobs||The Underground||5:38|
|9.||"Doowutchyalike"||Shock G, Money-B, Humpty Hump||Jacobs||The Underground||8:51|
|10.||"Packet Prelude"||-||Jacobs||The Underground||0:57|
|11.||"Sex Packets"||Shock G, Schmoovy-Schmoov||Cook, Jacobs||The Underground||7:21|
|12.||"Street Scene"||-||Jacobs||The Underground||0:33|
|13.||"Packet Man"||Shock G, Humpty Hump||Clinton, Collins, Goins, Humphrey, Jacobs||The Underground||4:41|
|14.||"Packet Reprise"||-||Cook, Jacobs||The Underground||1:30|
- Track 1 features background vocals performed by Money-B, DJ Fuze and Shock G.
- Track 2 arranged by Shock G.
- Track 4 features drums performed by Chopmaster J, and piano performed by The Piano Man.
- Track 8 features keyboard and sample arrangements by The Piano Man, and bass guitar performed by Kent Racker.
- Track 9 features keyboard and string arrangements by The Piano Man, drum programming by Shock G and Chopmaster J and handclaps by the Claphowyalike Crew.
- Track 10 features acoustic piano performed by The Piano Man, and arranged by The Piano Man and Earl Cook.
- Track 11 features sampling and sequencing by Shock G, piano and synthesisers by The Piano Man, and synthesised bass harmonics performed by Randy Brooks.
- Track 14 features sampling and sequencing by Shock G, piano and synthesisers by The Piano Man, and synthesised bass harmonics performed by Randy Brooks.
- Recorded by: Steve Counter (track 1-4, 6, 7, 10-14)
- Mixed by: Steve Counter (track 1-4, 6, 7, 10-14)
- Arranged by: The Underground
- Photography: Victor Hall
- Scratches by: Goldfingers, DJ Fuze
- Hip hop consultation: Ben "Beni B" Knickleberry
- Records supplied by: Ben "Beni B" Knickleberry
- Entire layout overseen by: Shock G
- Artwork: Rackadelic (uncredited)