"Humpty Hump" is a character created by Digital Underground's leader, Shock G (Greg Jacobs). Digital Underground were disciples of Parliament/Funkadelic, with big funk beats, lots of rotating members, and outrageous personalities with costumes to match. This was their biggest hit, although they recorded many other rap classics, including "Same Song" and "Kiss You Back."
The Humpty Hump character had a very large nose, funny hats, and wild, pimp-like costumes. He was clever, funny and sex-obsessed, and was proud of his nose. Many rap crews used characters (like Flavor Flav of Public Enemy), but Greg Jacobs would rap as both Humpty and Shock G, often in the same song.
Humpty first appeared on the lead single from the album, "Doowutchyalike
," and when "The Humpty Dance" became a big hit, it was clear that Humpty was the star. Digital Underground's label, Tommy Boy, wanted more Humpty hits, but Jacobs knew the act would wear thin so he only let him loose on a few more songs, including their 1991 track "No Nose Job." This caused friction between the group and the label, and after the third Digital Underground album (The Body-Hat Syndrome
, 1993), Tommy Boy released them from their 7-album deal. Chopmaster J
, one of the group's founders, later acquired the Digital Underground name and put together a new version of the group that he called "Digital Underground Next Generation."