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

Digital Underground's leader and mainstay was Greg "Shock G" Jacobs (also known as Humpty Hump); 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 singer Mystic.

Following the release of their "Doowutchyalike" single and video in the summer of 1989, the band gained popularity with their song "The Humpty Dance" in 1990. Digital Underground toured nearly every year until 2008; this consisted 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 and U.K. appeared on the band's albums. 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.

The group appeared in and donated music to the 1991 Dan Aykroyd film Nothing but Trouble.

After approximately 20 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.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z… 2Pac 4.25 11
2000 Balance & Options DJ Quik 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Monster TV Rap Hits Various Artists 1
1989 Deep Heat ’89: Fight the Flame Various Artists 1
1990 Dance Explosion Various Artists 1
1990 Rap ’n’ House (Rap Traxx 4) Various Artists 2
1990 Rap Traxx 3 Various Artists 2
1990 Tanz House, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1990 Yo! Rap Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Club MTV Party to Go, Volume One Various Artists 1
1991 Yo! MTV Raps, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1991 Mega Promo 8 Various Artists 1
1991 Thin Ice: The First Step Various Artists 1
1992 Raving We’re Raving Various Artists 1
1992 Dance Collection 2 Various Artists 1
1992 Turn Up the Bass 19 Various Artists 1
1994 Mega Rap Various Artists 1
1995 Entertainment Weekly Presents Maximum Dance Various Artists 1
1996 Classic Hip Hop 2: Definitive Hip Hop Mastercuts, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1996 Greatest Funkinʼ Hits George Clinton 2
1996 Groove People Various Artists 1
1996 Rock the Planet: Shake it up Various Artists 1
1997 Hip Hop Unlimited Various Artists 1
1997 Beats & Rhymes: Hip-Hop of the 90's - Part III Various Artists 1
1997 Hip Hop Don’t Stop Various Artists 1
1997 Magic Hip Hop 4: 38 Phantastic Rap Tunes! Various Artists 1
1997 Rap Attack Various Artists 1
1997 Rap Fieber Various Artists 1
1998 Hip Hop With R&B Flava Various Artists 1
1998 Hip House Various Artists 1
1998 Tommy Boy Greatest Beats: The First Fifteen Years 1981-1996, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1998 Tommy Boy Greatest Beats: The First Fifteen Years 1981-1996, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Tommy Boy Greatest Beats: The First Fifteen Years 1981-1996, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Tommy Boy Greatest Beats: The First Fifteen Years 1981-1996, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1998 Greatest Hits 2Pac 3.9 5
1998 4080 Magazine Presents... Bay Area's Greatest Hits, Volume 1: Platinum Balla's and Hustla's Various Artists 1
1998 Rap People, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1999 Tommy Boy Greatest Beats: The First Fifteen Years 1981-1996 Various Artists 1
1999 Millennium Hip Hop Party Various Artists 1
1999 Hip Hop Don't Stop: The Greatest Various Artists 1
1999 Back in tha Day 2 Various Artists 1
1999 MTV the First 1000 Years: Hip-Hop Various Artists 1
1999 Ultimate Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2000 Black Summer Party Various Artists 1
2000 Hip Hop Assassins Various Artists 1
2000 Sound System Kojak 1
2000 B-Boy Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2000 Dr. Dre 2002 Dr. Dre 3 1
2000 Tommy Boy Presents: Architects of Culture Various Artists 1
2001 Scratch, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 Non Stop Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2001 Parappa The Party Mix Various Artists 1
2001 Spirit of Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2002 Rappers Delight Various Artists 1
2002 Hip Hop High: Class of 1990-1991 Various Artists 1
2002 Columbia House Presents: Pump Up the Jam! ’90s Dance Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Dre's Drugstore Dr. Dre 2 1
2003 Slammin’: The Ultimate Rap Hits Various Artists 1
2003 Tommy Boy Greatest Hits Various Artists 2
2003 Dr. Dre Presents: Early Years of the West Side Dr. Dre 2 1
2003 Party Jam Cut Killer 1
2003 Pure Hip Hop 2003 Various Artists 1
2004 Hip Hop Love Various Artists 1
2004 The History of Hip-Hop Various Artists 1
2004 All That Urban Various Artists 1
2004 Old School Nation! Various Artists 1
2004 The History of Hip Hop 2 Various Artists 1
2005 Tommy Boy Presents: Hip Hop Essentials, Volume 3 (1979-1991) Various Artists 1
2005 Breakdance Various Artists 1
2005 Ultimate Hip-Hop (30th Anniversary Collection) Various Artists 1
2006 Tommy Boy Presents: Hip Hop Essentials, Volume 7 (1979-1991) Various Artists 1
2006 The History of Hip Hop 4 Various Artists 1
2006 Hip Hop: The Evolution Various Artists 1
2006 25 ans de Radio Nova Various Artists 1
2007 The 10th Anniversary Collection: The Sex, the Soul & The Street 2Pac 2
2007 Vintage Grooves - Old School Hip-Hop, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2008 Revolutions in Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years Various Artists 1
2008 The Best of the West Westside Bugg 1
2009 Old School Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2010 The Very Best of 100 R&B Classics Various Artists 1
2011 Boombox Discobar Galaxie 5 1
2011 Pure Hip Hop Various Artists 1
2013 Anthems: Hip-Hop III Various Artists 4 2
2013 Rapper’s Delight Various Artists 1
2013 Clubland: Jump Around Various Artists 1
2014 The Grandmaster Flash Collection Various Artists 1
2017 Hip-Hop History: The Collection Various Artists 1
Booty Time Various Artists 1
Frat Party Anthems Various Artists 1
Frosh 90's Various Artists 1
Hip Hop Don't Stop 2 Various Artists 1
Loong's Hip-Hop Various Artists 1
MTV 20: Jams Various Artists 1
No.1 Rap Hits Volume 3 (disc 1) Various Artists 1
Old School Rap Party Various Artists 1
Promo Only: Platinum Series Various Artists 1
Rap: Today's Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
The Best of Hip Hop Various Artists 1
Wicked Mix Classics Collection, Volume 16: Best of 1995 Various Artists 1
XXX Hip Hop, Volume 2 Various Artists 1

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