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Digital Underground’s ‘Humpty Dance’ Rapper Also Produced 2Pac – Deadline

Shock G, the Bay Area rapper-producer who fueled Digital Underground’s 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance” via his alter ego Humpty Hump and co-produced Tupac Shakur’s debut album, died today in Tampa, FL. He was 57 years old.

The news was confirmed by Chopmaster J (aka James Dight), who co-founded the Underground with Shock G (born Gregory Jacobs) in 1987. “34 years ago almost to the day we had a crazy idea of ​​power. being a hip hop group and taking on the world through it all, the dream has come true and reality has become a nightmare for some, ”wrote Chopmaster J on Instagram. “And now he’s awakened from fame, long live the shock G Aka Humpty Hump and rest in peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs !!!”

“The Humpty Dance” reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200, which almost matches his lyrical boast, “All the Top 10 rappers, let me bump you.” It was 1990 – the year that rap became pop-mainstream when MC Hammer hit with “U Can’t Touch This” and Vanilla Ice scored the No. 1 rap single on the Billboard charts with “Ice Ice Baby ”.

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Shock G also co-wrote “The Humpty Dance”. Her video, in which teenage Shakur makes an appearance, was nominated for Best Rap Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards but lost to “U Can’t Touch This”. Check it out below.

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The band hit it off with their first full album from Tommy Boy Records Sex packages (1990), which spawned “The Humpty Dance” and the rap hit “Doowutchylike,” which also featured Shock G. The platinum record, which reached the Top 20 pop, was heavy with samples of P- Funk like Parliament, Funkadelic and solo George Clinton.

Digital Underground follow-up in 1991 This is an EP release and full length Son of P both won gold but failed to deliver hit singles. The latter presented “Kiss You Back,” which reached No. 13 on Billboard’s Rap Singles Chart, but only hampered the Pop Top 40.

The band’s songs have appeared in numerous movies and TV shows ranging from Beavis and Butthead, Hoop dreams and The green hornet at Sing along, Zoey’s amazing playlist and this year Coming from America.

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Born August 25, 1963 in New York City, Shock G moved as a child, landed in Tampa, and eventually ended up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Digital Underground would form in Oakland in 1987.

He also co-wrote LL Cool J’s 1991 hit “Mama Said Knock You Out” and co-produced 2Pac’s debut album. 2Pacalypse Now, write two of his pieces. The Digital Underground frontman co-wrote, co-produced and rapped 2Pac’s debut pop hit “I Get Around”, which reached No. 11 on the Billboard 200.

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