THROWBACK FRIDAY! Digital Underground – Kiss You Back [1991]


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Digital Underground – Kiss You Back
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“Kiss You Back” was the lead single released from Digital Underground’s second studio album (their third official release), Sons of the P. The song sampled Funkadelic’s 1979 hit, “(Not Just) Knee Deep” for which the song’s writers, George Clinton and Philippé Wynne, received writing credits.
Released a year after the groups breakthrough single, “The Humpty Dance”, “Kiss You Back” became Digital Underground’s second top-40 single, peaking at No. 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, and earned a gold certification on April 9, 1992 for sales of 500,000 copies.
Sons of the P is the third album by American rap group Digital Underground, released on October 15, 1991. The album featured two hit singles, “No Nose Job” and “Kiss You Back”, both of which were written by, and featured the lead vocals of Greg Jacobs (a.k.a. Shock G/Humpty Hump), and the latter of which featured multi-layered choruses and background vocals sung by Boni Boyer, who briefly worked with D.U. shortly after her stint with Prince’s Sign of the Times/Love Sexy band. It is sometimes mistakenly reported that Kiss You Back was co-written & co-performed by George Clinton, but his name appropriately appears in the writers credit due to a sample of “(Not Just) Knee Deep” by Funkadelic. He did however actively participate in the writing and recording of the title track “Sons of the P”, to which he also contributed vocals, and which marked one of the earliest studio guest appearances by Clinton on a Hip Hop release, preceded only by Kurtis Blow’s “Magilla Gorilla” released in 1986. Both the album and the single “Kiss You Back” were each certified Gold by the RIAA.
Digital Underground was an alternative hip hop group from Oakland, California. Their personnel changed and rotated with each album and tour.
Digital Underground’s leader was Greg “Shock G” Jacobs (also known as Humpty Hump); Shock G formed the group in 1987 with Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright of Berkeley, California, and Tampa hip-hop radio deejay Kenneth “Kenny-K” Waters.
Heavily influenced by the various funk bands of the 1970s, Digital Underground sampled such music frequently, which became a defining element of West Coast rap. As “Rackadelic”, Jacobs designed album covers and cartoon-laced liner notes, in homage to Parliament-Funkadelic album designs. Digital Underground is also notable for launching the career of member Tupac Shakur, as well as spinning off side projects and solo acts including Raw Fusion, Saafir, and female singer Mystic.
Following the release of their “Doowutchyalike” single and video in the summer of 1989, and the band’s gained popularity by their song “The Humpty Dance” in 1990, Digital Underground toured nearly every year up until 2008; this consisted of thousands[quantify] of live shows in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. While the group’s origins lay mostly in Oakland and Berkeley, California, various characters and voices from around the U.S. appeared on the band’s albums, while Shock G and Money-B were the only individuals to appear on every album. Other recurring key contributors were David “DJ Fuze” Elliot, and deejay/producer Jeremy “J-Beats” Jackson, who both assisted Jacobs in developing the sound.
The group appeared in and donated music to the 1991 Dan Aykroyd film Nothing but Trouble.
After approximately twenty years of touring, Shock G announced that the group would officially disband in 2008. Shortly after that announcement was made, the group also confirmed that their May 2008 album ..Cuz A d.u. Party Don’t Stop! would be their last studio effort.
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