Crank That=Humpty Hump

Last week while I was blowing off some steam ranting about how fucked up Hip Hop is nowadays one of my hater ass hater co-workers gonna butt all in talkin bout “Crank Dat is the same as that Humpty Hump shit, a dumb dance with a silly song…”

That fuckin hater ass hater trynna knock me off my rant hustle, so I had to break it down for them cuz YES, at one point I did kinda say the same shit to myself, then I had to think, “was shit THIS fucked up?…NaaaaaH!”

You can’t compare the Humpty Dance to Crank Dat….or any party track from that era to this new shit cause the playing field ain’t equal now. Back when Humpty was poppin you had a whole spectrum of different artists with different styles on and poppin at the same time. Gettin video play airtime, and big contracts, with big budgets for the album. Back then a Public Enemy could be heard more than a Humpty.

But now, rappers with a message don’t get the industry support that a dumb ringtone rapper does. It ain’t the same as back in the day. You won’t hear a Saigon or even the fuckin Roots on any countdown. The only thing that gets pub is this dumb fuckin music, which I admit is catchy, but it’s not worth getting more attention than real lyrics. That’s where the game is fucked up.

When all of these songs, Laffy Taffy, Crank Dat, It’s Goin Down, A BAY BAY first came on the radio or TV, you’re lying if you’re saying you heard it and didn’t go “wtf is this dumb shit?,” turned the channel and forgot about it.

I did, but then something strange happened…a month later…I was Crankin Dat at a cookout simply becasue THEY PLAY THE SAME FUCKIN SONG OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN at the clubs, and on TV to the point where it’s just playin in the background while you’re doin somethin else and the shit grows on you. It’s like the mainstream media music outlets just play it till you’re brainwashed cause after one listen, I dismissed it, but it’s like the stations will not stop playin it and when you give any fuckin song that kind of rope, support or length of airtime, it’s gonna grow on you.

Back in the day, stations would give every song, no matter what the content and message in it, they would give it so much more support than it gets now. It’s like the PDs hear a positive song, put it in the rotation to play once, if at all, and won’t give it any more legs cause they feel the message will fuck up their ratings. They hear a song like “Crank Dat” and figure “Hey, the kids will love this” and throw more momentum behind it than a speeding bullet, which just ain’t fair to real lyricists out there. Which is why people are so critical of the era we’re in now.

It’s not that they hate these young cats gettin their money, it’s just that they’re pissed that the industry holds their noses up to anything that ain’t makin you snap now….unless you’re some established OG like Nas or Hova.-Lance aka Chip City LS

  • AVENGER XL

    Look you guys are totally wrong comparing soulja boy to anything but the bass music that came out of the southeast.

    Rap has many sub genres and dance is one and you can have more thoughtful fun songs like the Humpty dance which introduced a character like sir nose from parliment funkadelic and created a dance around his goofy antics vs. 808′s and hi hats with a line dance attached to it and sound effects thrown in to accent the song yooooou crank that. XXL has no business writing about hip-hop if they are not going to learn to actual critic if various forms correctly.

    soulja boy crank that= splack pack scrub the ground
    soulja boy crank that= 12 gauge donkey but.

    not digital underground who brought thoughtful dance grooves to us through a funk backdrop.

    get a clue

  • DETROIT

    don’t forget to mention that DIGITAL UNDERGROUND HAD ACTUAL TALENT! in reality, they can’t be compared to soulja boy.

    • http://www.myspace.com/GulleeBoy Tha Truth

      YALL SOME FUCKIN HATERS ON THIS SITE, SOULJA BOY GOT MAD TALENT, IT AINT EASY TO MAKE SHIT ON FRUITY LOOPS LIKE HE BE DOING

      PLUS THEM RAPPERS YOU NAMED LIKE ROOTS, OLD AS FUCK, WE GOT “NEW RAPPERS” WITH A MESSAGE AND WE NOT GONNA LISTEN TO THE “OLD ONES” IF YOU WON’T PLAY THE “NEW RAPPERS” WIT A MESSAGE

      • Reemycks!

        Fam are you 14? “It aint easy to make shit on Fruity Loops” nigga are you serious? GTFOH! That shit is a starter program like garage band. It’s ready to use out of the box. However it does take talent to use and MPC, ASR, Reason or a million other tools, but FL AINT ONE.

        Also, why do niggas always trip off of “old rappers” vs. “new rappers”. on the real, good music is good music, and nothing else matters. i dont care about what else niggas quantify as traits for a good rapper i.e. the all important swagger, your pre CB4 rap life or any of that other dumbass shit. I know that personally i’m sick of seeing niggas “beef” on World Star, but have no music to back it up. And to keep it real real, niggas have dropped the bar so low for what real talent is none of us “old heads” should even be shocked at the thrash that gets thru the pipeline now a days. We kinda let it happen when we used to call bullshit bullshit and and then niggas would call us haters. Whats wrong with calling bullshit trash? It’s called quality control. Without it we end up having to keep having bullshit ass debates like this: “is Soulja Boy relavent? It’s some shit for the kids, so why are adults critzieing it? FUCK THAT. Just like I said when Hammer was hot and when Puffy was hot, fuck them and fuck him too! Ice T shoulda when 10x harder on this little nigga just on the strength.

        For you young informed fucks please know that LL Cool J was 17 he had grown ass men wanting to be him. When Outkast was about a year or so older the dropped SOUTHERPLAYSTIC. And when Rakim was 17 he wrote and produced Paid in Full, and reinvented the game. thus all these dudes took the game seriously and helped to elevated it. Soulja Boy has publicly said the is not a music head or a hip hop head, so why in the fuck should he get a pass? Cause he made some bread at a young age? GTOH!

        Point being: young heads need to keep your ears open be open to the tradition and the real way of getting shit. And old heads needs to offer some mentor ship and pass the baton corrctly, and if these young niggas front, bus they ass.

        • BIGNAT

          usually i read comments making my way to the bottom and then making my own. with that said fuck it i am stopping right here Reemycks! you put up alot of good points. also i didn’t know outkast started that young.

  • yoprince

    the first time i heard crank that i really thought it was a joke.

    i never thought it’s going down was gonna catch on like it did. thought he was gonna get clowned for being a jeezy clone at the time.

    i always thought ay bay bay was a decent club joint.

    when i heard laffy taffy the first time, i couldn’t wait to get to Strokers.

    • capcobra

      what you know bout strokers?…my dudes own that barbershop.clothing store and restaurant over there….it’s a small world champ.

  • dj rod

    for the millionth time.NO ONE CARES ABOUT SOULJA BOY.PLEASE STOP TRYING TO JUSTIFY WHY WE SHOULD CUT HIM SOME SLACK.THAT SHIT IS WACK.THE MORE YOU BRING UP SOULJA BOY JUST PROVES THAT INTERSCOPE HAS TIES TO YOUR MAGAZINE CONTENT.WHY DON’T YOU GIVE NEW ARTIST SHINE.THE PUBLIC HAS ALREADY SPOKEN ABOUT SOULJA BOY.IF HE WAS THAT FUCKIN HOT,HE WOULD HAVE SOLD ALOT MORE RECORDS.YOU CAN’T COMPARE A SONG FROM 1990 FROM A SONG MADE ONLY A COUPLE YEARS AGO.THE CORPORATIONS RUN HIP HOP.WHY DO YOU THINK EVERYTHING SOUNDS THE SAME?WHY DO YOU HEAR THE SAME FEW RECORDS EVERY HOUR ON THE RADIO?IF THIS WAS 1990,KID CAPRI AND RED ALERT WOULD SPIN EVERYTHING THAT DOPE.IT’S ALL ABOUT GOOD MUSIC VS.WACK SHIT.AND WACK SHIT IS WINNING THE BATTLE.NO ONE IS SAYING SOULJA BOY IS THE ONLY ONE MAKING WEAK SHIT.I GUESS MY REAL QUESTION IS,WHY DO XXL BRING HIS NAME UP ALMOST EVERY SINGLE WEEK.IS IT MASTER JIMMY AT INTERSCOPE,OR DO YOU GUYS REALLY LIKE HIM?

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

      ^He’s a guest blogger.

      • Pierzy

        Damn you, Tony, with your truth and logic and proper grammar and writing in lowercase. Damn you!

        • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com tony grand$

          Lmao!

          *winks as if it’s a joke that only these two get*

        • soulja boys fan club

          *winks as if it’s a joke that only these two get*
          totally gay.stop sippin the kanye semen

        • THE N.I.G.G.A

          winking at another nigga is so homo its not funny

        • dj rod

          CO SIGN!!!!!!!!!!

  • DV8

    The Humpty Dance was made to be comical. Thats why the character Humpty was created. Shock G was nothing like Humpty in real life. The difference is that Soulja Boy is not acting that is really him. Besides Digital Underground made classics that trumps anything Soulja Boy will ever think of.

  • Curtis75Black

    True That Blogger and DETROIT !! When it came to Digital Underground, they were actually saying something in the midst of fun. I was in the 8th grade when Humpty Hump dance was poppin’ and Yes we enjoyed it but I doubt we would’ve when it came to Soulja’s shit cause he can’t rap for shit !! Kid N Play was spittas, Check out the track “Last night or Gettin’ Funky”. Their Whole catalog was hot respectively to both groups and when it came to rotation, We heard LL, Geto Boys, Ice Cube, EPMD, 3XDope all in one day on the radio and video. Looking at 106 & Park today is a Shame compared to the early Rap City, MTV Raps and The Original 106 (Without the Bullshit) Video JukeBox !!

    • Jamal7Mile

      Co-Sign!! And there you have it! Even the dances back then are still shitting on what comes out today.

      It’s the truth, talent is really lacking nowadays and it has nothing to do with ageism, imo. I’m rolling with the talent.

      And when I get called “old” by a youngsta who has no clue… I’ll tell him to “Step off, I’m doing The Hump!!”

      • THE N.I.G.G.A

        Not on no hating shit but Jamal7Mile… you a lame ass nigga. You think its an accomplishment to stay stuck in the past? Is that wats poppin in the streets now?? Livin your whole life based around the 90′s???

        I bet you at home right now in some tight nut huggers, wit a four-finger gold ring on, rockin a jacked up hi top fade,wit Juice and Do The Right on rewind.

        Son, its time for you to evolve

        • Jamal7Mile

          No, it’s time for YOUTH to evolve. I refuse to DEVOLVE and settle for so-so bullshit. I REFUSE!!!

          I keep saying it over and over so that makes me think you’re new to the board (welcome)…

          I DON’T CARE HOW OLD/YOUNG YOU ARE, GOOD IS GOOD AND BAD IS BAD!!! If it’s bad… no prob, I’ll listen to someone else. But when NO ONE is making great music, I, as a Hip Hop fan, am going to complain as loud as I can for as long as I can. That’s far from being lame, homie. That’s coaching (and loving) the game.

  • K.I. the Great

    It all our fault what is going on in hip hop. We complain about the lack of lyricisim but we dont support true lyricist. Styles p i cant think of 5 people who bought that album just like talib kweli, ray cash, freeway, beanie these and many more talanted artist albums dont get no love we complain about soulja boy but then we go spend money on his product. if were to buy albums by these lyrical then we control the market. instead kids who get money from us the adults buy the soulja boy album so they have they power. we need to take that power back and we can hear the music we like.

  • capcobra

    joeski love said he’s the soulja boy of his era..crank dat was a good dance song and so was the pee wee herman..the problem is the media and the fans acting like soulja boy ain’t a one hit wonder..nobody discussed joeski love when his song went off so why are we still discussing soulja boy?…the problem ain’t the music champ..the problem is the fans.

  • DJ ROD

    I challenge the xxl staffer who wrote that garbage to pull out digital underground’s sex packet cd and soulja boy’s soujaboytell’em.com cd and his new joint and do a song for song listen and who see who has the hot shit.I put money on digital underground winning.I am not a guest blogger but it’s a shame when there’s artists that has dope music and true talent that can upgrade the game and who really needs exposure but instead so called hip hop heads at xxl want to act like t.i,kanye,lil wayne and soulja boy,rick ross and 50,oh my bad and THE GREAT CHARLES “LET ME WEAR PINK AND BEN GAY ON MY BALLS BECAUSE I ACTUALLY CAN’T MAKE RECORDS”HAMILTON are the only ones worth mentioning every single day.If we want better from hip hop,we must call out the flaws,which right now is lack of creativity.If you sit back and front and do nothing, things will continue to get worse.FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH TAUGHT US ALL THAT.REAL HIP HOP HEADS,STAND UP!!!!!

    • Pierzy

      As Tony said, this was written by a guest blogger

      • dj rod

        like dude said,stop sippin the kanye semen.bird walkin fag

  • Pierzy

    I always looked at “The Humpty Dance” the same way I look at “Crank Dat” — that’s why Humpty had to go back to being Shock G and even though he did songs with ‘Pac and The Luniz, everyone thought of that one song. They’re the same in my opinion…

    Now if only Soulja Boy had “gotten busy in a Burger King bathroom”

    • DETROIT

      digital underground hit 1st wit “do whatcha like” prior to “the humpty dance”, i don’t think humpty hump woulda been as popular if digital underground were not hot as a group prior to the release of the humpty dance. also, if you take away the lyrics and dances from crank dat and humpty, you’ll see that humpty hump was head and shoulders above crank dat musically!

      matter of fact, i just looked at wilkepedia, and sex packets (the album with humpty hump) was actually their second album!

      soulja boy is cool, but you can’t compare frooty loops niggas with real musicians! the dance for superman = the humpty dance. but like i said, musically, humpty hump was in another league.

      it’s like comparing jodeci to the temptations! jodeci was da shit to us…but a blind man could see that the temps had waaaaay more talent. even if you weren’t from that era.

  • AVENGER XL

    No you guys are wrong yet again.

    Souja boy cannot be compared to digital underground. XXL needs to learn something about hip-hop and it’s subgenres if it is going to be anything other than a crappy bossip like site. Yes Souja boy created a dance song and humpty dance is a dance song but they represent different ends of the hip-hop dance spectrum. Humpty dance was the introduction of a eccentric character like sir nose from parliment funkadelic and his dance was part of the goofy persona that is humpty hump i.e. the party animal alter ego of shock g. Soulja boy is more traditional southern bass music with a minimalist sound of 808 kick with a few stabs /hits over the top and a melody or sound effect like him saying yoooooou thrown in. Here is an example of the groups soulja boy took his style from.

    Splat pack-round and round we go
    12 guage- donkey but
    2 hype brothers and a dog- do do brown.

    Digital underground where more informed by parliment funkadelic and afrika bambatta. They were that fun group that mixed occasional subject with fun tunes. Come on XXL get it right or leave it alone.

  • avenger xl

    your servers are crap
    No you guys are wrong yet again.

    Souja boy cannot be compared to digital underground. XXL needs to learn something about hip-hop and it’s subgenres if it is going to be anything other than a crappy bossip like site. Yes Souja boy created a dance song and humpty dance is a dance song but they represent different ends of the hip-hop dance spectrum. Humpty dance was the introduction of a eccentric character like sir nose from parliment funkadelic and his dance was part of the goofy persona that is humpty hump i.e. the party animal alter ego of shock g. Soulja boy is more traditional southern bass music with a minimalist sound of 808 kick with a few stabs /hits over the top and a melody or sound effect like him saying yoooooou thrown in. Here is an example of the groups soulja boy took his style from.

    Splat pack-round and round we go
    12 guage- donkey but
    2 hype brothers and a dog- do do brown.

    Digital underground where more informed by parliment funkadelic and afrika bambatta. They were that fun group that mixed occasional subject with fun tunes. Come on XXL get it right or leave it alone.

  • avenger xl

    Souja boy cannot be compared to digital underground. XXL needs to learn something about hip-hop and it’s subgenres if it is going to be anything other than a crappy bossip like site. Yes Souja boy created a dance song and humpty dance is a dance song but they represent different ends of the hip-hop dance spectrum. Humpty dance was the introduction of a eccentric character like sir nose from parliment funkadelic and his dance was part of the goofy persona that is humpty hump i.e. the party animal alter ego of shock g. Soulja boy is more traditional southern bass music with a minimalist sound of 808 kick with a few stabs /hits over the top and a melody or sound effect like him saying yoooooou thrown in. Here is an example of the groups soulja boy took his style from.

    Splat pack-round and round we go
    12 guage- donkey but
    2 hype brothers and a dog- do do brown.

    Digital underground where more informed by parliment funkadelic and afrika bambatta. They were that fun group that mixed occasional subject with fun tunes. Come on XXL get it right or leave it alone.

  • DAMU

    ALL YA’LL SOME BITCHES.QUIT DICK RYDIN.IT’S ABOUT GETTIN THAT PAPER.WE DON’T HEAR NEITHER ARTIST COMPLAININ ABOUT THAT.YA’LL SOUND LIKE RHIANNA GETTIN THAT ASS CHECKED BY CHRIS BROWN.IT’S MUSIC THAT ALL.BREATHE BITCHES

  • Curtis75Black

    I don’t agree Pierzy !! If you remember the 1st single to Sex Packets, it was “DoWhatchalike”, Humpty was apart of that track along with Shock G. and Money B. Also that Track “Same Song” which was 2Pac’s debut and don’t forget “No Nose Job”. They was like Hip Hop’s Parliment Funkadelic. They actually had Funky shit that was played, saying Something, Plus they can perform live which if you EVER caught Soulja Boy on 106 you’ll know the differ.

    Hip Hop today lacks performance, lacks diversity with it’s Mainstream and problem of pushing REAL talent through.

    • Pierzy

      What up Curtis…

      I don’t think I explained myself clearly – and definitely not as well as you did. I meant that ONE SONG was similar to other dance songs, although it was much funnier. However, I was also at the age that it was great – if I were 13, I’d probably love Mr. Boy (nullus).

      Digital definitely had skills as well as personality – and they acted like they were bigger than the game like Soulja does – but for most people (and this is a shame), Digital Underground was a one-hit wonder. We on this site are a little biased because not only bought the entire album, but we listened to it as well.

      “Same Song” is definitely my favorite by them, even more than “I Get Around” (although that was technically a 2Pac song).

      • Dub Sac

        “Same Song” is the shit!

        And D.U. weren’t one-hit wonders for the people paying attention: DoWatchaLike, Same Song, Humpty Dance, Kiss Me and I’ll Kiss You Back.

  • Say what ya like

    Um, Digital Undaground was that group who did the paperbag rapper performance on the Apollo show. Them niggaz got boo’d at first cause the audience didn’t know it was a joke. They took them bags off they head, and they turned it out too!

  • El Tico Loco

    Digital Underground helped Pac get in the game, I can’t say I heard him before “same song” Plus it was a rap spin on the Parliament concept.

    Soulja Boy put who on? Vic *silleey*? A rab *yaah trick*?

    and “You like MC Hammer on crack Humpty” is a better punchline than “I got own sum buuthin apes”

    Bottom line this is apples and oranges.

  • WiLL_SiN510

    I listened to Digital Underground since I was knee high. In no way, shape, or form, is there a resemblance between them, and Souljah Boy. Them dudes had mad talent, and I agree with Curtis75Black, they were like a hip hop Parliament Funkadelic, and whatever they did was for the love of it, and the creativity. The Bay always has, and always love them dudes. Plus, Shock G is talented as all hell. His last album that came out a few years ago, “Fear of a Mixed Planet” was dope. And for a lot of ya’ll that have heard “I got 5 on it” remix, may not know that Shock G did two verses on it as Humpty and himself. Believe me, some cats out here didn’t even know that.

  • Curtis75Black

    El Tico,
    More like apples and Potatoes !! Our Dance were not only funky but diverse in where they were coming from. The South blazed with Do Do Brown, Shake what Ya Mama Gave Ya. Up North was Poppin’ with Gettin’ Funky, Rollin’ with Kid N Play, Jinglin’ Baby (A Battle track at that !!) and of course Humpty Dance, Let’s get it Started etc. All was heard on the airwaves but that was when we was dancing and not mean muggin’ actin’ like crack dealers on the street. Lets be real, Once the mid 90′s came thru – The fun was dissapearing.

    • El Tico Loco

      Well not so much that the fun was disappearing but the balance began to get lost, before you could be fun and lyrical thus you had your style and substance, then it got to the point everybody was trying to be so superlyrical (yes pun but no pun). and now the scales are tilting on the fun side to the point even this newer generation’s standardized test scores are low as hell, and the only excuse they have is ‘this is how we do it now’?

  • louie mo

    woooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww…….. ain’t crank dat like two fuckin years old ……… get over it ……… now i’m startin to realize why the young generation is talk shit about us (older hip hop heads)……. nigga move on ……..

    it is just to much good music goin on right now to be talkin about this two year old shit

    • Chris S

      well its probably the most popular song in the last ten years so i think its fine to still talk about it.

  • WiLL_SiN510

    louie mo has a point…but you just can’t help it, when nowadays you’d rather wake up to a annoying ass buzz on the clock, than the radio if ya dig what Im sayin’. I mean, out here, when 94.9 was 107.7, and KMEL back in the day, music was great. If I wasn’t bumpin’ a tape in my cassette player, it was the radio. Now, it’s the same garbage over, and over again. But louie is right that there are great artists out there, that’s why I go on-line to find the good stuff. Hip Hop ain’t dead, it’s just back in the kitchen cookin’ us up somethin nice, and for those willin’ to go in for a taste, do it.

  • soulja boy fan club

    hi,i just wanted to make the xxl magazine staff exclusive memebers of the soulja boy fan club.as exclusive members you’ll be receiving the following.
    1.a box of newports
    2.puma sweats (xtra tight for all the dick riding you guys do)
    3.fraggle rock thermas of arab’s piss.
    for all other comments nesting below this level.you can eat semen covered biscuits and catch vd from tony grand mom.fuck all you soulja bitch boys tight jean wearing fags.

  • http://www.myspace.com/andrebmusic AndreB

    DON’T HATE THE PLAYERS, HATE THE GAME!

  • damu

    pierzy and tony grand =soulja boy groupies

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Stop all your fuckin dancin…….and go to school bitches!! Nah, my bad it’s for the kids but u grown ass niggas need to stop!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    Man I don’t even listen to the radio; my roommate was listening to that Soulja boy shit on the TV…thought that shit was lame as hell…and my roommate was 22 gettin’ down to that shit…

    But I do co sign on what Reemycks! says though; there should be no variation between ‘old’ rappers and ‘new’ rappers…as long as its good music who the fuck cares! If it sucks just don’t listen to it!

  • Superstar Extraordinaire

    u cant compare humpty to crank dat………first off Digital Underground had some dope shit…thy was lyrical….and then u have solja bitch whos probably 1 of flavs bastard kids

  • wax

    I propose that not only is Humpty Hump a greater MC than Souljah Boy, but so is Chunky A.

  • Producer James Moore

    we used to do the Humpty Dance in the kitchen and make the oven shake

  • gkid12345

    Hiphop is in a real bad position right now. Its a disgrace what hiphop has become. Rapping cops (Rick Ross), men kissing men(lil wayne&Baby),Men crying over the most dumbest shit(TheGame&YoungBuck)Rappers on game shows(TheGame)Rappers singing and dressing with tight cloths admitting to dressing like gay people(KanyeWest)Rappers getting caught with 12 machine guns and gettin a year because of snitching(T.i)Rappers copying millions of bars of dead rappers and being called an elite(JayZ)

  • Anti-Mainstream

    Double cosign with gkid! Couldn’t have said it any better myself!!!!

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I don’t think some of u idiots want to start a “Fight Club” here on XXL. Tony Grand$ is cool and so are a lot of cats that post intelligent and sensible comments. I will literally destroy u fucks on this site. Don’t get me started.

  • Cinsere

    Co-sign this post!

    This is much more on point than that other Scratch blog from a few days ago about niggaz being old and what-not.