Rapper and producer Shock G, also known as Humpty Hump of the Bay Area hip-hop crew Digital Underground, has died at age 57. The news comes just a little over a week that the hip hop community lost both fellow rappers DMX and Black Rob.
The news of Shock G’s death was first announced by his Digital Underground bandmate Chopmaster J, who posted Thursday evening on Instagram: “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’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
Shock G’s father, Edward Racker, later confirmed the news to TMZ, saying the rapper was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Fla. No cause of death was revealed, but Racker said there were no signs of trauma and that authorities will conduct an autopsy.
“The Humpty Dance / Here’s your chance, to do the hump.”
That was the chorus to the super popular song, Humpty Dance, by the hip-hop group Digital Underground during the early-1990s.
Humpty Hump. The alter-ego of Digital Underground’s leader Shock G, was him wearing a Groucho Marx-style nose and glasses. The story that was made up to keep the fictional story alive, was to cover up horrific facial scars incurred during an accident with a deep-fat-fryer, LOL.
Shock G and his alter ego Humpty Hump rapped about raunchy escapades that, according to the lyrics, took place in a Burger King bathroom. The story and the persona proved to be profitable: Humpty’s anthem, “The Humpty Dance,” was a number one pop hit around the world and has been sampled by over 50 other artists– which presumably means that to this day, Shock G is still cashing royalty checks from one of the biggest girl-power groups, The Spice Girls. He is also was the one credited for introducing Tupac Shakur to the world.
The hit song “Same Song” that Shock G produced, served as 2Pac’s introduction to music fans, with Shock G handing the baton to the future legend, who had been working as a roadie for Digital Underground: “2Pac, go ’head and rock this.”
Jacobs was a regular collaborator with Tupac Shakur before his death in 1996, having produced his breakthrough single “I Get Around”, and co-produced 2Pac’s debut album “2Pacalypse Now.”
Now a clip of Jacobs speaking about his late friend on the red carpet at the 2017 premiere of Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me is going viral on Twitter.
The clip was initially shared by Twitter user @itscolebe and shows Jacobs saying: “He was not scared of death and neither am I.”
Born Gregory Jacobs, Shock G started off as a