Shock G – whose real name is Gregory Jacobs – was found dead in a hotel room in Florida on Thursday. The cause of the rapper’s death is unknown, with his dad Edward Racker confirming that an autopsy will be conducted, according to reports.
The musician, who rose to fame in the 1980s, worked with a string of famous faces including the rapper Tupac Shakur.
The charismatic rapper and producer who performed as Shock G and Humpty Hump was most known for forming Digital Underground with Jim ‘Chopmaster J’ Dright and the late Kenneth ‘Kenny K’ Waters in the 1980s.
His tracks included Digital Underground’s Doowutchyalike and the group’s hit single The Humpty Dance, which he performed as his alter ego.
The Humpty Dance’s bass line from the song has been sampled by hundreds of artists since its release in 1990, including the likes of Will Smith, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and R&B group TLC.
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Taking to social media, he wrote: “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.
“And now he awakens from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”(sic)
Rapper Bootsy Collins penned: “Oh No, Not Shock G (and his alter ego Humpty Hump). He helped keep P Funk Alive! He is responsible for Digital Underground’s The Humpty Dance, 2Pac’s breakthrough single I Get Around, and co-producer of 2Pac’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now. Prayers to family & friends. Dang.”
Singer Jhene Aiko wrote: ” I Get Around is one of my favourite songs of all time! Shock G’s verse has always been the funniest to rap along with. Rest well, King.”
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Actress Viola Davis offered: “RIP Shock G. Thanks for the joy you gave me. Rest well.”
“Man… Shock G what a tough loss at such a precarious time. Brilliant beyond …such a beautiful free mind Brother. #RestinBeats my man. #Doowhatchalike #DUforever,” wrote Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Singer Raphael Saadiq wrote: “Hometown family at rest.”
Fans also offered their condolences, as one penned: “The terms pioneer and legend get thrown around a lot, but Shock G was both! A true Oakland original, the Piano Man & the one who put the satin on ya panties…. #RIPShockG.”
Another added: “Shock G was an absolute genius! I loved all his work with Digital Underground and 2Pac. May he #RIPShockG.”