Digital Underground’s Shock G, aka Humpty Hump, dies at 57

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Shock G, the rapper, songwriter and producer who helped take hip-hop into the pop mainstream within the early Nineties with “The Humpty Dance” by his Oakland-based group Digital Underground, has died, based on an Instagram publish by his former bandmate Chopmaster J.

The rapper, born Gregory Jacobs, was discovered useless Thursday in a lodge room in Tampa, Fla., TMZ reported, attributing the information to Jacobs’ father, who didn’t state a trigger. He was 57.

Performing as his alter ego Humpty Hump — “pronounced with a ‘umpty,’” as he suggested within the tune — Shock G struck a proudly comedian pose in “The Humpty Dance,” bragging with exaggerated type about his skinny body and his sexual prowess (“I as soon as bought busy in a Burger King rest room”) as he inspired listeners to comply with his lead within the titular dance, which he known as “your likelihood to do the hump.”

Constructed on outstanding samples of tunes by Parliament and Sly & the Household Stone, “The Humpty Dance” topped Billboard’s rap singles chart for 5 weeks in 1990 and went to No. 11 on the all-genre Scorching 100, the place it was surrounded by hits resembling Madonna’s “Vogue,” MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Contact This” and “This Outdated Coronary heart of Mine” by Rod Stewart and Ronald Isley. The tune was additionally nominated for a Grammy Award for rap efficiency by a duo or group.

“The Humpty Dance’s” success was pushed partly by its music video, a staple of early-’90s MTV wherein Shock G wore his trademark prosthetic nostril and wherein a younger Tupac Shakur may be seen as one among Digital Underground’s backup dancers. Shakur went on to make his debut look as an MC within the group’s 1991 observe “Similar Tune.”

Shock G fearful later in life that his over-the-top picture from the “Humpty Dance” video distracted viewers from his musical expertise. “My nightmare was that I used to be going to OD onstage as Humpty, they usually had been going to depart me within the coffin with the nostril on and placed on the tombstone ‘Humpty Hump,’” he advised Vibe journal in 2005.

But his lighthearted method — as captured on Digital Underground’s platinum-selling 1990 debut, “Intercourse Packets,” which featured one other basic of the period within the rambunctious “Doowutchyalike” — endeared the group to followers of equally quirky hip-hop outfits resembling De La Soul and A Tribe Referred to as Quest.

In a tweet Thursday, Ice Dice known as Shock G — whose demise carefully follows these of fellow hip-hop veterans DMX and Black Rob — “a real Bay Space authentic,” whereas MC Hammer hailed his “unimaginable imaginative and prescient.” El-P of Run the Jewels known as him “a sort and pure musical genius” and stated he was the “coolest, most down-to-earth icon/hero of mine I’ve ever had the pleasure to satisfy.”

Jacobs was born on Aug. 25, 1963, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He hung out as a keyboardist and a DJ earlier than he landed in Oakland and fashioned Digital Underground with Chopmaster G and Kenneth Water. The group got down to make “nonconformist hip-hop,” as Shock G advised Spin journal on the time. “We simply attempt to be in tune to all types of music. R&B, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, hip-hop. Like Funkadelic, we needed to make use of all our influences on one file.”

For “Intercourse Packets,” which Digital Underground produced itself — and which Vibe placed on a 2008 checklist of “51 albums that modified the sport” — the group repeatedly sampled Parliament and Funkadelic, whose flamboyant bassist Bootsy Collins stated Thursday on Twitter that Shock G “helped maintain P Funk alive!” “The Humpty Dance” in flip was sampled by dozens of hip-hop acts together with LL Cool J, Kriss Kross, Gang Starr and Das EFX.

Shock G at Krush Groove 2011 in Los Angeles.

Shock G at Krush Groove 2011 in Los Angeles.

(Earl Gibson III/Getty Photos)

Digital Underground continued to launch albums all through the ’90s, whereas Shock G cultivated a profession as a producer outdoors the group. He co-produced Shakur’s 1991 debut album, “2Pacalypse Now,” and co-wrote and co-produced Shakur’s “I Get Round” single, which went to No. 11 on the Scorching 100 in 1993. He additionally labored with Prince on Prince’s 2008 “Crystal Ball” field set and with rappers Murs and Yukmouth.

In 2004 he launched a solo album known as “Concern of a Combined Planet.”

Info on survivors past his father wasn’t instantly accessible.

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