Shock G Dies at 57: Celebs Remember a 'Total Original' | Billboard

Sad news out of the world of hip hop. Rapper Shock G, founder and leader of the West Coast rap group Digital Underground, has died. He was 57. The artist’s passing was confirmed by his family. Born Gregory Jacobs, Shock G formed Digital Underground in 1987 with Chopmaster J. The group charged up the charts in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group enjoyed four Top-40 charting hits on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart, including “The Humpty Dance”, which also spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart in 1990 and peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also placed six entries on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart, including 1990’s “Sex Packets”and 1991’s “This Is An EP Release.” Friends, family and fans turned to social media to remember the artist and his alter ego Humpty Hump as a total original, a game changer and a musician who kept the funk alive. May he rest in peace.