Reprinted from the September 1995 edition of The 411:
Before Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Too Short or MC Breed jumped on the funk bandwagon, Digital Underground was takin' the train to the land of funk (a.k.a. Oakland) with the captain of the mothership himself, George Clinton, by its side. The self-proclaimed "Sons of the P" debuted in 1990 with Shock G, Humpty Hump and Money B handling the majority of the vocals while DJ Fuze, the Piano Man, Kenny K, MC Blowfish, the Computer Woman and the rest of the underground crew had their back on the production and guest vocals.
One trademark feature of Digital Underground albums is that you always get your money's worth. On <I>Packets</I>, there are 17 tracks (only 14 on the CD, but you still get 75 minutes of music). A few of them are interludes, but many of the actual songs are over six minutes long, and the classic party jam "Doowutchyalike" is just short of nine. "The Danger Zone" contains the most obvious influence of p-funk -- a sample of Parliament's "Flashlight." But the most well-known cut on the album has got to be "The Humpty Dance," which crossed over and received extensive play on MTV and even local top 40 stations that refuse to play rap today. Other tracks to check out are 'Freaks of the Industry," with its multiple-choice metaphors; "Rhymin' on the Funk;" "Underwater Rimes," the original fish rhyme; and the Underground's shout-out to the old school, "A Tribute to the Early Days." The album concludes with the "Packet" epic, a series of five tracks that enter the world of a fictional aphrodisiac-in-a-pill.
To borrow a phrase from their second album, Digital Underground deserves to get props while they're still livin' for pioneering the hip-hop world's entry into the era of funk.