His Digital Underground bandmate Chopmaster J. posted the news on Thursday night on Instagram: “34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea of being able to be a hip hop band and face the world through it all dream came true reality became a nightmare for some.And now she has awakened from the fame of long life G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest in Peace, my Brotha Greg Jacobs !!! ”
According to a New York Times report, the rapper was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida.
Fellow artisans flocked to social media to express their shock and sadness over the news.
Rapper Ice Cube wrote, “RIP Shock-G / Humpty Hump. I remember when Atron, the NWA road director, said he had a band called Digital Underground. He played the DOWHATCHALIKE video and I went crazy. I went crazy. having to try DU on JACKIN FOR BEATS and WHO’S THE MACK. And no one had a better stage show. A true original from the bay area. “
Viola Davis wrote, “RIP Shock G. Thank you for the joy you gave me. Rest well.”
Digital Underground had a number of hits in the early 1990s, including “The Humpty Dance” and “Doowutchyalike.”
Leslie Jones wrote, “Damn another missing person! 57 is not a damn old man !! We were just dancing to his song !! RIP SHOCK G !!”
The group also introduced the world to rapper Tupac Shakur, leaving him to rap in “Same Song”.