Shock G of Digital Underground dead at 57
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Digital Underground member Gregory “Shock G” Jacobs has died at age 57.
The group’s social media team confirmed the information for Fox News.
The legendary hip-hop musician was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, according to TMZ,
The cause of death was unclear but no signs of trauma existed, the outlet reported. An autopsy is expected to be performed.
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As Shock G, Jacobs led Digital Underground, a hip-hop group with an ever-changing lineup that gave rise to legends like Tupac Shakur, Chopmaster J and more.
Gregory ‘Shock G’ Jacobs of Digital Underground has died. (Getty Images)
Shakur performed on Digital Underground’s 1991 song “Same Song” and appeared in the music video.
Jacobs and Shakur remained close collaborators, and Jacobs helped produce Shakur’s debut solo album, “2Pacalyse Now,” according to the outlet. Furthermore, Shakur’s “I Get Around” features Jacobs.
With Digital Underground, Jacobs was known best for his work on the song “The Humpty Dance.”
Shock G and his bandmates earned their one and only Grammy Award nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group for the single in 1990.
He formed the group with Jimi C. “Chopmaster J” Dright Jr. and Kenneth “Kenny-K” Waters in the late 1980s. The group featured a new lineup with each album and tour.
Shock G’s cause of death is currently unknown. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Dright shared a throwback photo of himself and Jacobs on Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to his friend.
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“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,” the musician wrote alongside a black-and-white photo of himself and his collaborator. “And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
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Jacobs also released a solo album called “Fear of a Mixed Planet” featuring the songs “Weesom Hustlas,” “Let’s Go” and “Keep It Beautiful.”
Outside of Shakur, Jacobs racked up an impressive production resumé, having worked with Prince, Saafir and more.
Fox News’ Julius Young contributed to this report
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