Shock G Dies: Digital Underground Co-Founder Was 57

Shock G is shown in an image taken from Instagram.

The hip-hop community has lost another veteran, with news Thursday that Digital Underground co-founder Shock G died. He was 57.

Fellow Digital Underground member Chopmaster J revealed the news on social media and included a throwback black-and-white photo of the two together.

“Thirty four 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,” he captioned the post. “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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TMZ reported Shock G’s father, Edward Racker, told the outlet his son was found deceased in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida. No cause of death was given. However, the rapper’s father said there were no signs of trauma and an autopsy will be conducted.

Shock G, real name Gregory Jacobs, grew up on the East Coast and in Tampa. After moving to Oakland, California, the rapper known as “Humpty Hump” formed Digital Underground with Chopmaster J, and Kenneth Waters. Shock G also co-produced 2Pac’s debut album “2Pacalypse Now.”

The news of Shock G’s death comes as the rap community mourns fellow rappers DMX and Bad Boy recording artist Black Rob.