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"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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