Shock G, a Digital Underground Rapper who collaborated with Tupac, died at the age of 57.
Shock G died at the age of 57.
Shock G, the 57-year-old frontman of the alternative rap collective Digital Underground, has died.
He is most known for his 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance,” which peaked at number one on the Billboard rap singles chart. Humpty Hump, Shock G’s fake-nosed alter ego, raps melodically throughout the classic video.
Shock G, born Gregory Jacobs, founded the eclectic Oakland collective in 1987, with a revolving lineup that included a young Tupac Shakur. Chopmaster J, the group’s co-founder, announced the rapper’s death in an Instagram message on Thursday. He penned:
We had an insane vision 34 years ago nearly to the day that we should be a hip hop band and take on the universe. Through it all, the fantasy became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for others, and now he’s awoken from the fame long live shock. G Aka Humpty Hump and R.I.P. my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!
In addition, his family wrote:
Gregory Jacobs, also known as Shock G, our son, brother, and buddy, died unexpectedly today. The cause of death is unclear at this time. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of affection and concern. Please remember us in your prayers at this tough period.
Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, New York, and spent his childhood in both New York and Tampa, according to Variety. Jacobs headed west to Oakland, California, after studying music at a community college in Florida.
In the late 1980s, Shock G and Chopmaster J formed Digital Underground with Kenny K. The group broke through in 1989 with singles “Doowhutchyalike” and “The Humpty Dance,” the video for which featured Shock G singing in a blubbery, cartoonish voice while wearing a false nose and glasses.
Tupac was a member of the group for a short time before releasing his solo debut in 1991. He appears on the song “Same Song” from the EP “This Is an EP Release.”