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The Humpty Dance

The Humpty Dance

by Digital Underground

Music

"The Humpty Dance" was built around 1970s soul and funk, but the original bass line and drum track written by Shock-G also provided other artists with sample material. Within a few years, nearly 50 rap and rock artists had sampled "The Humpty Dance" for their own music. On a later release, The Body-Hat Syndrome, Digital Underground performed "The Humpty Dance Awards," a track that gave thanks to the song's many admirers and samplers. Built on a sampled foundation itself, a few iconic sounds in "The Humpty Dance," such as the "Ah, do me baby" dialogue, come from Parliament Funkadelic's "Let's Play House," Sly and the Family Stone's "Sing a Simple Song," and The Vibrettes' song "Humpty Dump."

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