The hip-hop world has lost another legend. Bay Area legend Shock G has passed away at the age of 57.
The news began circulating social media after Chopmaster J made the unfortunate announcement. On Thursday night, several outlets reported the death of 57-year-old Digital Underground member Shock G, birth name Gregory Jacobs. The details of his death have not been revealed; however, Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster J confirmed the tragedy in an Instagram post.
Shock G will always be remembered for his influential hit single “The Humpty Dance” and for his role in helping launch 2Pac into the entertainment stratosphere.
Shock G’s father, Edward Racker, also confirmed his son’s death to TMZ, stating the cause of death remains unclear. After moving to the Bay Area in the 1980s, Shock G and Chopmaster J formed Digital Underground with Kenny-K. The group dropped their debut studio album, Sex Packets, in 1990, and would go on to drop five more albums over the following 28 years, the most recent of which was 2008’s …Cuz a D.U. Party Don’t Stop!
Although Digital Underground had a number of hits throughout their decades-long run, their most commercially successful record was “The Humpty Dance,” which debuted in summer 1989. Shock G lead the single as his alter-ego “Humpty Hump,” who was introduced in “Doowutchyalike.”