On Thursday (April 22), the hip hop community was hit with yet another hard blow while it’s still mourning the deaths of Ruff Ryders legend DMX and Bad Boy recording artist Black Rob. On his Instagram, producer and Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster J revealed that his crew member and fellow co-founder Shock G has passed away.
Posting a throwback black-and-white photo of the two, J captioned it: “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.”
He continued: “And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
Once Chopmaster announced the rapper’s passing, tributes quickly flooded social media, as fans recalled their favorite songs, interviews, and moments of G. From people posting videos of some of his live performances and music videos to others expressing how much his music meant to them, supporters of the now-deceased recording artist showed a lot of love.
In 1987, Shock G founded Digital Underground with Chopmaster J, real name Jimi Dright; and Kenny-K, real name Kenneth Waters in The Bay. Big fans of junk bands from the 1970s, the crew’s music would be heavily influence by that era.
One person that the crew is widely known for — and the most successful star to come out from them — is Tupac. The group is actually credited by many for launching the famed rapper’s career. One of Digital Underground’s most popular singles is 1990’s “The Humpty Dance,” which was featured on their debut album titled Sex Packets.
We aren’t aware of G’s cause of his death as of yet. He was reportedly 57 years old.
Take a look at Chopmaster’s IG post revealing his passing below. Rest in peace.