These Bay Area groove freaks, more commonly called Digital Underground, are making like it’s 1988 all over again with their new album Who Got the Gravy?. On party pumpers like ”Wind Me Up,” leader Shock-G (a.k.a. Humpty Hump) relentlessly works the chasm between slamming Cali hip-hop and George Clinton-style jammy jams. Meanwhile, cameos from KRS-One, Biz Markie, and Big Punisher display an East Coast-West Coast unity that’s more block party than political summit. While some beats creak, the end result makes for 1998’s most joyous rap album. B+
Who Got the Gravy?