After hearing of the sudden death of Digital Underground rapper Shock G, fans are trying to understand what happened. Greg “Shock G” Jacobs was found dead in his Tampa hotel room Thursday, according to his father, Edward Racker. The cause of death is currently unknown but TMZ reports that there was no sign of physical trauma. Shock’s father confirmed that authorities are conducting an autopsy to determine his cause of death.
Shock G was a hip-hop legend known for his work in Digital Underground, a hip-hop group he founded alongside Jimi “Chopmaster J” Dright and deejay Kenneth “Kenny-K” Waters in 1987. The Oakland-based Digital Underground signed with Tommy Boy Records and their debut single “Doowutchyalike” was featured on their first album Sex Packets.
Shock G unveiled his renowned alter ego, Humpty Hump, and in 1990, the group unveiled their biggest commercial hit “The Humpty Dance.” Humpty Hump was parallel with the hip-hop group, known for his wild behavior and notable costume choice. Donning a pair of dark-rimmed glasses, a fake nose, and a fur hat had Humpty Hump stick out like a sore thumb – one that would go on to garner fame for years to come.
At one time Shock G and Digital Underground were icons in the rap world. Their album Sex Packets stood out for melding funk and jazz riffs over captivating drumbeats.
Greg Jacobs also appeared in both scripted and unscripted television shows and cameoed alongside the rest of Digital Underground in Nothing But Trouble, a 1991 comedy.
Most notably, though, Shock G helped Tupac Shakur secure his stardom before 2Pac’s untimely passing on September 13, 1996. Before his debut, Tupac was a roadie and backup dancer for the Underground. Once noticed, Tupac hit the rap world by storm.
Shock G co-produced Tupac’s first album, 2Pacalypse Now in 1991, and later produced 2Pac’s hit singles, “I Get Around” and “So Many Tears.” Shock G also produced hits for Dr. Dre, Monie Love, Bobby Brown, Luniz, and KRS-One.
He was remembered by his friend Chopmaster J in a tribute 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,” The rapper said. “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!!!”