Sex Packets

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Sex Packets
Sex Packets.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 26, 1990 (1990-03-26)
GenreGolden age hip hop
Alternative hip hop
Length65:26 (CD) / 81:14 (Cassette)
LabelTommy Boy / Eurobond Records
ProducerDigital Underground
Digital Underground chronology
Sex Packets
This is an EP Release

Sex Packets is the debut studio album by American hip hop group Digital Underground, released on March 26, 1990 (1990-03-26).

Album background[edit]

The album 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.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[3]
Orlando Sentinel4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[7]
The Village VoiceB[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]


In 1998, the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums Ever.[11] It is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listing[edit]



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
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



Side A
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
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



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

Side 1 (Safe Side)
1."The Humpty Dance" 6:30
2."The Way We Swing" 6:48
3."Hip Hop Doll"Cassette-only track5:30
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)
9."Freaks of the Industry" 5:38
10."Gutfest '89 (Full)"Cassette-only version8:17
11."Sound of the Underground"Cassette-only track5:06
12."A Tribute to the Early Days"Cassette-only track3:06
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



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sex Packets – Digital Underground". AllMusic. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Sandow, Greg (February 23, 1990). "Sex-Packets". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 6, 2014.
  4. ^ Fields, Curt (June 15, 1990). "Digital Underground". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Juon, Steve "Flash" (May 9, 2017). "Digital Underground :: Sex Packets :: Tommy Boy Records". RapReviews. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Digital Underground". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 238. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 3, 1990). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  9. ^ "Myspace". Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  10. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  11. ^ "100 Best Rap Albums". The Source. New York (#100). January 1998. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  12. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  13. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  14. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  15. ^ "Digital Underground - Sex Packets (Cassette, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-02-06.

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