Digital Underground Rapper Who Worked With Tupac Dead At 57
Shock G, frontman of the alternative rap group Digital Underground, has died at the age of 57.
He is best known for the 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance,” which reached the top of the Billboard rap singles chart. The iconic video is melodically rapped by Shock G’s fake-nosed alter-ego Humpty Hump.
Born Gregory Jacobs, Shock G started the eccentric Oakland group, with a rotating roster that once featured a young Tupac Shakur, in 1987. The rapper’s death was confirmed by the group’s co-founder Chopmaster J in a post on Instagram Thursday. He wrote:
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!!!
His family also wrote:
Our son, brother and friend, Gregory Jacobs, also known as Shock G, suddenly passed away today. The cause of death is currently unknown. We truly, truly appreciate all the outpouring of love and concern. Please keep us in your prayers at this very difficult time.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Jacobs bounced between New York and Tampa as a child, Variety reported. After studying music at a Florida community college, Jacobs moved west to Oakland, California.
Shock G and Chopmaster J formed Digital Underground with Kenny K in the late 1980s, The group broke through in 1989 with singles “Doowhutchyalike” and “The Humpty Dance,” the video that featured Shock G in a blubbery, cartoonish voice performing with a fake nose and glasses.
Tupac was briefly a member of the group before the release of his 1991 solo debut. He is featured on “Same Song” from the “This Is an EP Release” EP.