There is a saying that goes “bad news comes in threes” and the rap community is experiencing the adage firsthand.
So far, a cause of death has not been revealed, but a source close to Shock confirmed the news to AllHipHop.com, as did a founding member of the Digital Underground collective.
“34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all the dream became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for some,” said Digital Underground co-founder, Chopmaster J. “And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
The rapper/keyboardist, born Gregory Jacobs, was responsible for a number of influential singles from Digital Underground’s “Doowutchyalike,” to the group’s smash hit single, “The Humpty Dance,” as his alter ego Humpty Hump.
“The Humpty Dance” hit #1 on Billboard’s Rap Singles chart shortly after the single was released by Tommy Boy Records in early 1990, on their breakthrough album Sex Packets. The catchy tune, and bassline from the song has been sampled by hundreds of artists, ranging from Will Smith and LL Cool J, to Public Enemy and R&B group TLC.
“Our cash cow was Humpty,” Shock G told the Indy Star before a performance in at the Indiana State Fair in 2015. “But behind the scenes, all we did all day on the bus was watch Malcolm X tapes. We’re in that zone of Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Toure. So we were excited about Pac. He was the outlet that (record label) Tommy Boy didn’t allow us.”
Shock G was also instrumental in the development of Tupac Shakur’s career. Shock G introduced Pac to the world on the group’s#### single “Same Song.”
Shock G was also the producer, and featured on Tupac’s breakthrough single “I Get Around,” from the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z
Additionally, Shock G produced Tupac’s classic track “So Many Tears” from his album Me Against The World.
Outside of his work with Tupac, Shock G produced tracks for artists like Dr. Dre, Monie Love, Raw Fusion, D.U. group member Money B, Luniz, pop legend Prince, Mac Mall, Murs, KRS-One, and others.
This is a breaking news story and AllHipHop will provide more information as it comes in. Twitter is being flooded with condolences:
I’m saying too many of these back to back RIP Shock G!!!
— Young Guru (@Young_Guru) April 23, 2021
RIP Shock G
— Tim Styles Sanchez (@Tim_Sanchez) April 22, 2021
Come on now First DMX, Black Rob and now Shock G pic.twitter.com/JoHmocHptn
— DKT (@darleneturner53) April 22, 2021
rest in power shock g, an inspiration to so many 😭 pic.twitter.com/pWkoX08ZRu
— Drunken Film Fest Oakland (@DFFOakland) April 22, 2021
…RIP SHOCK G…
…SO MANY TEARS…https://t.co/7K8c67Vgny
— Taiyo Na (@taiyona) April 22, 2021
— T.O.N.E-z (@TonezTwit) April 22, 2021
— Statik Selektah (@StatikSelekt) April 23, 2021