UPDATE: Shock G, a founding member of Digital Underground, better known by his alter ego MC Humpty Hump’s name, has died of an accidental overdose, forensic scientists today said.
The initial case summary released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office in Florida indicated that Shock G (real name Gregory Jacobs) died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, ethanol and methamphetamine.
He was buried in Tampa, Florida on May 1.
EARLIER: Shock G, the Bay Area rapper-producer who fueled Digital Underground’s 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance” via his alter ego Humpty Hump and co-produced Tupac Shakur’s debut album, died today in Tampa, Florida. He was 57 years old.
The news was confirmed by Chopmaster J (aka James Dight), who co-founded the Underground with Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) in 1987. and facing the world through all the dream has come true and reality is has become a nightmare for some, ”wrote Chopmaster J on Instagram. “And now he’s woken up from the famous long life shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs !!!”
“The Humpty Dance” reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200, almost matching his lyrical boast, “All the Top 10 rappers, please let me bump you.” This was in 1990 – the year rap went pop-mainstream as MC Hammer hit with “U Can’t Touch This” and Vanilla Ice scored the Billboard’s No. 1 first rap single with “Ice. Ice Baby “.
Shock G also co-wrote “The Humpty Dance”. Her video, in which teenage Shakur makes an appearance, was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to “U Can’t Touch This”. Check it out below.
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The band hit it with their first full album from Tommy Boy Records Sex packages (1990), which spawned “The Humpty Dance” and the rap hit “Doowutchylike”, which also featured Shock G. The platinum record, which reached the Top 20 pop, was rich in P-Funk samples from Parliament, Funkadelic and only George Clinton.
The follow-up of Digital Underground in 1991 This is an EP release and full length Son of P both went gold but failed to deliver hit singles. The latter presented “Kiss You Back”, which reached No. 13 on Billboard’s rap singles charts, but only weakened the Top 40 pop. The group would rank lower with their next two albums as their popularity waned.
The band’s songs have appeared in numerous movies and TV shows ranging from Beavis and Butthead, Hoop dreams and The green hornet at Sing along, Zoey’s amazing playlist and this year Coming 2 America.
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Born August 25, 1963 in New York City, Shock G moved in his childhood, landed in Tampa, and eventually ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Digital Underground would form in Oakland in 1987.
He also co-wrote LL Cool J’s 1991 hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” and co-produced 2Pac’s debut album. 2Pacalypse now, writing two of his pieces. The Digital Underground frontman co-wrote, co-produced and rapped on 2Pac’s debut pop hit “I Get Around”, which reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200.