Shock G from Digital Underground Dead at 57
The music industry has lost a star.
According to the New York Times Gregory Edward Jacobs, also known as Shock G, was found dead in a Tampa, Florida hotel on April 22nd. He was 57 years old. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the rapper’s death to the newspaper, but did not reveal any cause of death. Jacobs’ father Edward Racker said the TMZ, which was the first to report the news, that authorities will perform an autopsy.
Jacobs formed the hip hop group Digital underground With Chopmaster J. and Kenny K. 1987. After the artists dropped their single “Underwater Rimes”, it caught the attention of record label Tommy Boy. In 1990, Digital Underground released its first studio album, Sex Packets. It featured a number of popular songs, including the hit single “The Humpty Dance,” which rose to # 1. 11th place on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the music video, Jacobs took on the role of Humpty Hump. It also featured a boy Tupac Shakurwho made his debut on Digital Underground’s “Under Song”. Jacobs later co-produced Shakur’s first studio album, 2Pacalypse Now.