How did Shock G die? Digital Underground legend's tragic death at 57 shocks fans: 'You were cooler than cool'
A shocked fan said, 'BRO PLEASE NOT SHOCK G.. WHAT IS HAPPENING?'
Rap veteran Shock G whose real name was Gregory Jacob died on Thursday, April 22. The hip hop community mourning the deaths of DMX on April 9, 2021, and Black Rob on April 17, has been hit with more crushing news. The cause of the death of the 'Digital Underground' artist is not revealed yet.
The shocking news about the 57-year-old rapper was announced by Chopmaster J, who co-founded the group Digital Underground. He posted an old picture where Shock G can be seen performing. Chopmaster 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’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!! #digitalunderground 😔"
As soon as the news made its way to social media, people started paying tributes to the late rapper, Underground hip hop supergroup Dag Savage tweeted: "RIP Shock G of Digital Underground. The first show I ever attended was Digital Underground, @MrChuckD, Big Daddy Kane , & Kid N Play @ The San Diego Sports Arena." Statik Selektah tweeted, "It don’t stop. Smh. Rest In Peace Shock G aka Humpty Hump aka a huge reason the world ever got 2pac. Too many classics. #digitalunderground."
One fan remembered him saying: "Dude do you know how much I loved Digital Underground?! Beyond the Humpty Dance! Shock G is responsible for putting 2PAC on! LIKE DO YOU KNOW HOW ILL HE WAS AS A PRODUCER? come on man like." Another shocked fan said, "BRO PLEASE NOT SHOCK G.. WHAT IS HAPPENING???!!!??"
Dude do you know how much I loved Digital Underground?! Beyond the Humpty Dance! Shock G is responsible for putting 2PAC on! LIKE DO YOU KNOW HOW ILL HE WAS AS A PRODUCER? come on man like— MIKE (@TheSakuraKid) April 23, 2021
BRO PLEASE NOT SHOCK G.. WHAT IS HAPPENING???!!!??— Blaze (@blazefromNY) April 22, 2021
One fan remembered him saying: "One of my favorite Shock G lines has always been, “I'm Shock G, the one who put the satin on your panties... “" Musician Wendy Day wrote, "Shock G. Damn. What a month. DMX, Black Rob, and Shock G. And it’s only the 22nd... RIP Shock. You were cooler than cool."
One of my favorite Shock G lines has always been, “I'm Shock G, the one who put the satin on your panties... “— 𝒅𝒂𝒖𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝒂𝒃𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 (@SlumBeautifuI) April 23, 2021
Shock G. Damn. What a month. DMX, Black Rob, and Shock G. And it’s only the 22nd... RIP Shock. You were cooler than cool. https://t.co/D2tqHdQGRb— Wendy Day (@RapCoalition) April 23, 2021
Shock G spent a few years of his childhood in the northeast and part in Tampa, Florida. He started drumming while living in Florida, and then later started DJing when he returned to New York City where he'd spent his early childhood. He then came back to Florida and started DJing with his group Master Blasters, and also had his own radio show. He then taught himself piano and went on to graduate from Hillsboro Community College, where he studied music theory.
After finishing his studies, he shifted to Los Angeles to pursue a music career and then moved to Oakland, California. Once in Oakland, he formed the group, Digital Underground. Shock G was responsible for timeless hits including Digital Underground’s hit song, “The Humpty Dance.” Shock also introduced the world to Tupac, as he was featured on the group's single “Same Song.” Digital Underground, in fact, gave a young Tupac his first big break. He was featured on Tupac’s breakthrough single 'I Get Around', from the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z . Additionally, he produced Tupac’s classic track 'So Many Tears' from his album Me Against The World. Shock G also 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.