Shock G, Hip Hop Pioneer of Digital Underground, Dies at 57

by Matthew Wilson

Hip hop pioneer and founding member of Digital Underground, Shock G has died. The musician passed away Thursday, April 22. He was 57-years-old.

According to TMZ, friends found Gregory Jacobs, also known Shock G, deceased in his hotel room. The rapper had been staying in Tampa, Florida. Jacobs’ father Edward Racker reported the musician’s death. Currently, a cause of death is unknown.

But the outlet revealed there were no signs of trauma. Authorities plan to perform an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

His Digital Underground co-member Jimi C. “Chopmaster J” Dright Jr. shared a tribute to the artist on Instagram.

“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,” the musician wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of himself and his collaborator. “And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”

Shock G and His Long Career in Music

Shock G was born Brooklyn, New York. But he rose to prominence on the West Coast, living out in Oakland. During the 1980s, Shock G influenced both rap and music when he formed Digital Underground with Chopmaster J and Kenneth Water.

The group featured a new lineup on each of their albums. One of their best known songs was the “The Humpty Dance.” In 1990, the group earned a Grammy Award nomination for best rap group performance for the song. That song released in 1989 and featured Shock G putting on a character called Humpty Hump. It became a bit of a craze with an unique dance that went along with the song.

In the early 1990s, Shock G worked with the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Pac joined the Digital Underground lineup and appeared in the 1991 song and video “Same Song.” It ended up being the rapper’s first published song and debut. Tupac would go on to forever change rap as listeners know it.

Shock G continued to collab with Tupac in the 1990s. For one, he produced Tupac’s debut album “2Pacalypse Now” in 1991. He also featured on Tupac’s 1993 song “I Get Around” as well. Besides Tupac, Shock G worked with Dr. Dre, KRS-One, Saafir, Prince and more artists.

As a solo artist, Shock G released an album “Fear of a Mixed Planet” with songs such as”Weesom Hustlas,” “Let’s Go” and “Keep It Beautiful.” 

The rapper will forever be remembered for his music and his contributions to music.