Digital Underground’s Shock G dead at 57

Rapper Shock G, born Greg Jacobs, from the hip-hop group Digital Underground died Thursday at 57. 

The news was announced by his groupmate Chopmaster J on Instagram, stating: 

“34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all the dream became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for some. And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”

Edward Racker, the rapper’s father, told TMZ that he was found dead in a Tampa hotel room. No cause of death was announced, but an autopsy will be performed. 

Digital Underground was comprised of Shock G, Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright and Kenneth “Kenny K” Waters, XXL reported

The group rose to fame in the 90s and made the Billboard Top 10 with their hit “The Humpty Dance.” 

“‘The Humpty Dance’ spoke to all the people that were like him — the fat people, the unattractive people. If you moved like him, you could be whatever you want,” his friend Nzazi Malonga told the Associated Press.

According to XXL, along with being the lead vocalist for Digital Underground, Shock G worked closely with Tupac, Monie Love, KRS-One, Dr. Dre and Prince. 

Many reacted to the news of Shock G’s death on social media, including BNC’s Marc Lamont Hill, who covered the breaking news on Black News Tonight

“I’m genuinely surprised,” Hill said. “For those out in the Bay Area, he was a legend. For those who are hip-hop heads from the 90s, he was a giant to us and it’s shocking to me to see these types of stories come out week after week.” 

The news of Shock G’s death comes after the recent deaths of Black Rob and DMX. 

RELATED: The life and legacy of hip hop legend DMX

 

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