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Digital Underground’s ‘Humpty Dance’ Rapper Shock D Died Of Drug Overdose

UPDATE: Digital Underground founding member Shock G, finest often known as his alter ego, MC Humpty Hump, died from an unintended overdose, health workers mentioned at present.

The preliminary case abstract launched by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s workplace in Florida mentioned Shock G (actual identify: Gregory Jacobs) died from an unintended overdose of fentanyl, ethanol and methamphetamine.

He was buried in Tampa, Florida on May 1.

EARLIER: Shock G, the Bay Area rapper-producer who fueled Digital Underground’s 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance” through his alter ego Humpty Hump and co-produced Tupac Shakur’s debut album, died at present in Tampa, FL. He was 57.

The information was confirmed by Chopmaster J (aka James Dight), who co-founded the Underground with Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) in 1987. “34 years in the past nearly to the day we had a wild thought we generally is a hip hop band and tackle the world by way of it all of the dream grew to become a actuality and the fact grew to become a nightmare for some,” Chopmaster J wrote on Instagram. “And now he’s awaken from the celebrity lengthy stay shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”

“The Humpty Dance” hit No. 11 on the Billboard 200, almost matching its lyrical boast, “All the rappers within the Top 10, please permit me to bump thee.” It was 1990 — the yr rap went pop-mainstream as M.C. Hammer hit with “U Can’t Touch This” and Vanilla Ice scored the primary No. 1 rap single on the Billboard chart with “Ice Ice Baby.”

Shock G additionally co-wrote “The Humpty Dance.” Its video, wherein a teenage Shakur makes an look, was nominated for Best Rap Video on the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards however misplaced to “U Can’t Touch This.” Watch it under.

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The group hit with its full-length Tommy Boy Records debut album Sex Packets (1990), which spawned “The Humpty Dance” and rap hit “Doowutchylike,” which additionally featured Shock G. The platinum disc, which reached the pop Top 20, was heavy with P-Funk samples from the likes of Parliament, Funkadelic and solo George Clinton.

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Digital Underground’s 1991 follow-up This Is an EP Release and full-length Sons of the P each went gold however did not ship hit singles. The latter featured “Kiss You Back,” which hit No. 13 on Billboard’s rap singles chart however solely dented the pop Top 40. The group would chart decrease with its subsequent two albums as its recognition ebbed.

The group’s songs appeared in quite a few movies and TV exhibits starting from Beavis and Butt-head, Hoop Dreams and The Green Hornet to Sing, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist and this yr’s Coming 2 America.

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Born on August 25, 1963, in New York City, Shock G moved round as a baby, touchdown in Tampa and finally wounding up within the San Francisco Bay Area. Digital Underground would kind in Oakland in 1987.

He additionally co-wrote LL Cool J’s 1991 hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” and co-produced 2Pac’s debut album 2Pacalypse Now, writing two of its tracks. The Digital Underground frontman co-wrote, co-produced and rapped on 2Pac’s first pop hit “I Get Around,” which hit No. 11 on the Billboard 200.

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