Shock G, one of the founders of legendary hip-hop group Digital Underground, has died according to multiple news sources. Shock G’s real name was Gregory Jacobs. He was 57 years old. Gossip web site TMZ says that Jacobs found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa; they claim that they got that information from his father, Edward Racker.
The cause of death is not yet known, however Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster J confirmed his death via an Instagram post, writing, “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!!! #digitalunderground.”
Shock G won “Most Talented” at Greco Junior High School in 1978. His family later moved to New York and with Chopmaster J (real name: Jimi C. Dright Jr.), Shock G formed Digital Underground in the late ’80s, releasing their debut single “The Humpty Dance” in 1989 and their debut album, Sex Packets, in 1990. The album included “Doowutchyalike” and “The Humpty Dance.”
1991’s This Is An EP Release featured “Same Song,” where Tupac Shakur made his debut. Shock G later appeared on Tupac’s 1993 song “I Get Around” and he was one of the producers on Tupac’s 1991 debut solo album, “2Pacalyse Now.”
The group’s most recent album was 2008’s …Cuz a D.U. Party Don’t Stop!