R.I.P. Shock G

Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, the 57-year old leader of ’90s rap group Digital Underground, was found dead in a Tampa, Florida hotel room today. Digital Underground came onto the scene in 1990 with their debut album Sex Packets. The group was influenced by funk bands and Shock G’s alter ego Humpty Hump was based on George Clinton’s Sir Nose D’Void Of Funk character. This first album introduced their party anthems “Humpty Dance” and “Doowutchuyalike” to the world revealing Shock G’s quirkiness and dedication to having fun. The group’s 1991 This Is An EP Release featured “Same Song” which was in the movie Nothing But Trouble and marked Tupac Shakur’s debut as a rapper. Digital Underground sampled George Clinton’s P-Funk and they also worked with him on “Sons Of The P.” Their next big song was “Kiss You Back” from the Sons Of The P album. Shock G co-produced Tupac’s 2Pacalypse Now album and he exclusively produced Tupac’s breakthrough single “I Get Around” from his Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. sophomore release. Prince included Shock G’s remix of “Love Sign” on his 1998 Crystal Ball album.  

Digital Underground recorded six studio albums with the last one being …Cuz A D.U. Party Don’t Stop! from 2008. The Green Light EP which contained previously unreleased music came out in 2010. Shock G released the solo album Fear Of A Mixed Planet in 2004.