Shock G, off-kilter Digital Underground leader, dead at 57

LOS ANGELES – Shock G, who blended whimsical wordplay with reverence for ’70s funk as chief of the off-kilter Bay Place hip-hop group Electronic Underground, has died. He was 57.

Nzazi Malonga, a longtime mate who served as head of security and helped take care of the team, claimed the rapper-producer was identified unresponsive Thursday in a resort place in Tampa, Florida. Malonga stated the performer, born Greg Jacobs, experienced struggled with drug addiction for many years.

The group located fame with the Billboard Leading 10 strike “Humpty Dance” in 1990, as Jacobs donned a Groucho Marx-style phony nose and eyeglasses to become one of his quite a few change egos, Humpty Hump. He originally taken care of the flamboyant Humpty was a individual individual, accomplishing in-character interviews and at times obtaining his brother Kent Racker engage in the element.

“Same Track” a calendar year later on served as 2Pac’s introduction to tunes lovers, with Shock G handing the baton to the long term megastar, who experienced been doing work as a roadie for Electronic Underground: “2Pac, go ‘head and rock this.”

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Jacobs was an introverted “technical wizard” adept at arranging samples who performed keyboards and drums, explained Digital Underground co-founder Jimi Dright, recognized as Chopmaster J. Dright fulfilled his long term bandmate while shopping for tools at a music retailer in San Leandro, California, where Jacobs was doing the job.

Huge Boi, Chuck D, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes had been between these submitting on line tributes to Jacobs, with numerous expressing suffering just after the fatalities previously in the thirty day period of rappers DMX and Black Rob. “Our brother Shock G was a Giant. There’s not one factor of what we do musically that this man has not motivated,” wrote Talib Kweli.

“The Humpty Dance” invited an viewers of uncomfortable youth into hip-hop with its embrace of misfits and outcasts. “Stop whatcha doin’ / ’Cause I’m about to wreck / The picture and the design that ya made use of to,” Shock G rapped with lighthearted bravado. “I’m ridiculous / Allow me to amaze thee / They say I’m unappealing but it just do not faze me.”

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”‘The Humpty Dance’ spoke to all the people today that ended up like him — the fats people, the unattractive men and women. If you moved like him, you could be no matter what you want,” said Malonga.

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