On Thursday evening (April 22), news broke on social media about the death of Shock G, who played a central role in West Coast hip-hop and introduced the world to Tupac Shakur as well as produced the rapper’s hit songs “I Get Around” and “So Many Tears”.
According to a report by TMZRap legend’s father Edward Racker said on the outing that Shock G was found dead in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida today. The report notes that the cause of death is currently unknown, but there was no sign of trauma. The authorities will however administer an autopsy.
His death was first shared by Shock G’s Digital Underground member Chopmaster J via an Instagram post earlier today.
“34 years ago almost to the day we had a crazy idea that we could be a hip-hop group and take over the world through all the dream has come true and reality has become a nightmare for some,” he said. wrote Chopmaster J in the IG caption for a photo of him and Shock G. “And now he’s awakened from stardom, long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and rest in peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs !!! #digitalunderground 😔.”
Shock G, born Gregory Jacobs in New York, began Digital Underground with Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright and radio DJ Kenneth “Kenny K” Waters in the Bay Area in 1987. Their debut album, Sex packages, has been released in 1990. “The Humpty Dance,” which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1990, was one of the singles to feature among the band’s effort and most beloved song. The group is also famous for tracks like “Same Song” and “Kiss You Back”, both of which were on the group’s offering in 1991, This is an EP release.
Throughout his career, Shock G was known to wear a nose and glasses reminiscent of Groucho Marx as part of his alter ego Humpty Hump. “Alright! / Stop what you’re doing / Because I’m about to ruin / The image and style you used to / I look funny / But yo I’m making money , see, “Shock G rapped on” The Humpty Dance “and wore his signature look in the video. Tupac made his debut as a background dancer for Digital Underground and can be seen in the video with Shock G dancing .
In addition to being the lead singer of Digital Underground and working closely with Tupac, Shock G has also collaborated with hip-hop pioneers like Monie Love, KRS-One, Dr. Dre and more. Shock also worked with Prince.
Shock G’s death comes shortly after the former Bad Boy Records rapper Black Rob reportedly died of cardiac arrest last week, and DMX died from suspected overdose that led to heart attack on April 9.
Rappers and members of the hip-hop community, who are fans of the veteran rhyme, showed their love for Shock G on social media, posting heartfelt posts and photos of the late Digital Underground member. Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Lupe Fiasco, Young Guru, Cypress Hill, Bas, Daz Dillinger, Krayzie Bone and many more have expressed their sadness at his death.
Check out the messages and reactions to the news of Shock G’s passing below.
Rest in peace, Shock G.
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