Sex Packets

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Sex Packets
Studio album by Digital Underground
Released March 26, 1990
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre Golden age hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Length 65:26 (CD) / 81:14 (Cassette)
Label Tommy Boy
Producer Digital Underground
Digital Underground chronology
Sex Packets
(1990)
This is an EP Release
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault (A)[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
New York Times (favorable)[4]
Rhapsody (favorable)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Washington Post (favorable)[7]

Sex Packets is the debut album from the 1990s rap group Digital Underground and is a concept album about "G.S.R.A." (Genetic Suppression Relief Antidotes), a pharmaceutical 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 such as astronauts with a satisfying sexual experience in situations where the normal attainment of such experiences would be counter-productive to the mission at hand.

The album was released in the spring of 1990 following the success of its two lead-off 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. Sex Packets was released to positive reviews and eventually achieved platinum sales.[8] The album was re-issued on February 8, 2005 by Rhino Entertainment. The album is broken down track-by-track by Digital Underground in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[9]

In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[10] It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

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No. Title Details Length
1. "The Humpty Dance"     6:30
2. "The Way We Swing"     6:48
3. "Rhymin' on the Funk"     6:16
4. "The New Jazz (One)"     0:37
5. "Underwater Rimes (Remix)"     4:23
6. "Gutfest '89 (Edit)"     5:50
7. "The Danger Zone"     5:31
8. "Freaks of the Industry"     5:38
9. "Doowutchyalike"     8:51
10. "Packet Prelude"     0:57
11. "Sex Packets"     7:21
12. "Street Scene"     0:33
13. "Packet Man"     4:41
14. "Packet Reprise"     1:23

LP[edit]

[12]

Side A
No. Title Details Length
1. "The Humpty Dance"     6:00
2. "The Way We Swing"     6:48
3. "Packet Prelude"     0:57
4. "Sex Packets"     7:21
5. "Street Scene"     0:33
6. "Packet Man"     4:41
Side B
No. Title Details Length
1. "Freaks Of The Industry"     5:38
2. "Underwater Rimes (Remix)"     4:23
3. "The New Jazz (One)"     0:37
4. "Rhymin' On The Funk"     6:16
5. "The Danger Zone"     5:31
6. "Packet Reprise"     1:30
7. "Doowutchyalike"     4:12

Cassette[edit]

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The cassette version of the album has 3 extra tracks, plus an extended version of "Gutfest '89"

Side 1 (Safe Side)
No. Title Details Length
1. "The Humpty Dance"     6:30
2. "The Way We Swing"     6:48
3. "Hip Hop Doll"   Cassette-only track 5:30
4. "Underwater Rimes (Remix)"     4:23
5. "Rhymin' on the Funk"     6:16
6. "The New Jazz (One)"     0:37
7. "The Danger Zone"     5:31
8. "Doowutchyalike"     8:51
Side 2 (Sex Side)
No. Title Details Length
9. "Freaks of the Industry"     5:38
10. "Gutfest '89 (Full)"   Cassette-only version 8:17
11. "Sound of the Underground"   Cassette-only track 5:06
12. "A Tribute to the Early Days"   Cassette-only track 3:06
13. "Packet Prelude"     0:57
14. "Sex Packets"     7:21
15. "Street Scene"     0:33
16. "Packet Man"     4:41
17. "Packet Reprise"     1:30

Samples[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Sex Packets - Digital Underground | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  2. ^ "The Daily Vault Music Reviews : Sex Packets". Dailyvault.com. 1997-04-23. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  3. ^ "Sex-Packets Review | Music Reviews and News". EW.com. 1990-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Home Entertainment/Recordings: Recent Releases - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 1990-05-13. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Google Boeken. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  7. ^ "Hip-Hop Procedure: Parliamentary Funk". Highbeam.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  8. ^ "Myspace". Viewmorepics.myspace.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  9. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  10. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source (New York) (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007. 
  11. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  12. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 
  13. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (Cassette, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-02-06. 

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