Digital Underground member Gregory “Shock G” Jacobs has passed away at the age of 57.
The group’s social media team confirmed the information to Fox News.
The legendary hip-hop musician was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, according to TMZ,
The cause of death was unclear, but no signs of trauma existed, the outlet reported. An autopsy should be performed.
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As Shock G, Jacobs led Digital Underground, a hip-hop group with ever-changing lineup that spawned legends like Tupac Shakur, Chopmaster J and more.
Shakur performed on Digital Underground’s 1991 song “Same Song” and appeared in the music video.
Jacobs and Shakur remained close collaborators, and Jacobs helped produce Shakur’s debut solo album, “2Pacalyse Now,” according to the outlet. In addition, Shakur’s “I Get Around” features Jacobs.
With Digital Underground, Jacobs was best known for his work on the song “The Humpty Dance”.
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Shock G and his band mates won their one and only Grammy nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group for the single in 1990.
He formed the group with Jimi C. “Chopmaster J” Dright Jr. and Kenneth “Kenny-K” Waters in the late 1980s. The group introduced new lineup with each album and tour.
Dright shared a photo of himself and Jacobs on Instagram on Thursday to pay tribute to his friend.
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“34 years ago almost to the day we had a crazy idea that we could be a hip-hop group and take over the world through all the dream has come true and reality has become a nightmare for some,” he said. writes the musician alongside a black. and-white photo of himself and his collaborator. “And now he’s awakened from fame, long live the shock G Aka Humpty Hump and rest in peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs !!!”
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Jacobs also released a solo album titled “Fear of a Mixed Planet” with the songs “Weesom Hustlas”, “Let’s Go” and “Keep It Beautiful”.
Outside of Shakur, Jacobs has amassed an impressive production resume, having worked with Prince, Saafir and more.
Julius Young of Fox News contributed to this report
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