“The Humpty Dance” is a song by the American rap group Digital Underground from their debut album Sex Packets. Released as the second single from the album in January 1990, it reached No. 11 on the pop chart, No. 7 on the R&B chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart. The song is sung by Shock G‘s alter ego, “Humpty Hump“, marking the character’s second musical appearance; the first was Digital Underground’s “Doowutchyalike,” a pre-album video-single released in the spring of 1989. The song has been sampled by many different artists and producers. In the song’s video, a young Tupac Shakur is visible in the background.
In 2008, “The Humpty Dance” was ranked No. 30 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop and No. 65 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s in 2007. The song was selected as one of many songs to hear and download in the musical reference book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download. The song was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer (ironically, Hammer is name-checked in “The Humpty Dance”). Canadian television channel MuchMoreMusic‘s series Back In… rated the song’s video as one of the worst of 1990.
In 2021, it was listed at No. 241 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”