The Body-Hat Syndrome

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The Body-Hat Syndrome
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Studio album by Digital Underground
Released October 5, 1993
Recorded 1992-1993
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 74:47
Label Tommy Boy/ T.N.T. Recording
Producer Digital Underground
Digital Underground chronology
Sons of the P
(1991)Sons of the P1991
The Body-Hat Syndrome
Future Rhythm
(1996)Future Rhythm1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The Boston Globe (favorable) link
Robert Christgau (A-) link
The Chronicle (favorable) link
Entertainment Weekly (A-) link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars 1993
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars 2004
Vibe (favorable) link

The Body-Hat Syndrome is the third album from the rap group Digital Underground, on which they continued to cultivate their own brand of P-Funk culture, ending more than a year of silence with a fresh batch of funk-infused rap. With the edgy grind of the leading single, "The Return of the Crazy One", and its accompanying X-rated video (reworked for public consumption) boosting the band back into the spotlight, the rest of the album unfurled to less than outstanding crossover commercial acclaim. The album's second single, an anti-racism cultural awareness politico called "Wussup Wit the Luv", featured an inspired solo from the Funkadelic guitarist Michael Hampton, as well as a verse and video appearance by Tupac Shakur. This was the last time Shakur appeared on any Digital Underground release, while the lead rappers Saafir and Clee were added to the line up.

This album also features "The Humpty Dance Awards", the group's humorous shout-out to the many artists who sampled "The Humpty Dance" before 1993. Since then the list has grown to over 50 artists (see "The Humpty Dance").

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Return of the Crazy One"
  2. "Doo Woo You"
  3. "Holly Wanstaho"
  4. "Bran Nu Swetta"
  5. "The Humpty Dance Awards"
  6. "Body-Hats, Pt. 1"
  7. "Dope-a-Delic (Do-U-B-leeve-in-d-Flo?)"
  8. "Intermission"
  9. "Wussup wit the Luv"
  10. "Digital Lover"
  11. "Carry the Way (Along Time)"
  12. "Body-Hats, Pt. 2"
  13. "Circus Entrance"
  14. "Jerkit Circus"
  15. "Circus Exit (The After-Nut)"
  16. "Shake & Bake"
  17. "Body-Hats, Pt. 3"
  18. "Do Ya Like It Dirty?"
  19. "Bran Nu Sweat This Beat"
  20. "Wheee!"

Note: The "Special Italian Vinyl Version" of the album, which is the only LP version containing the original picture sleeve and comic insert, omits FOUR songs from the tracklisting: The Humpty Dance Awards, Holly Wanstaho, Dope-a-Delic (Do-U-B-leeve-in-d-Flo?) and Wheee!


Return of the Crazy One

Wussup Wit the Luv

Dope-a-delic (Do-u-b-leeve-in-d-flo?)