Shock G—rapper, producer and co-founder of the ’90s hip hop group Digital Underground—has died. He was 57 years old.
Chopmaster J, fellow founding member of Digital Underground, confirmed the sad news in an Instagram post on Thursday night. “34 years ago, almost to the day, we had a wild idea we [could] be a hip hop band and take on the world,” he wrote. “Through it all, the dream became a reality, and the reality became a nightmare for some… now he’s awaken [sic] from the fame, long live Shock G Aka Humpty Hump. Rest in Peace my Brotha.”
Shock G’s father, Edward Racker confirmed his death to TMZ. The cause of his death has not yet been publicly revealed.
Shock G, who was also known by his alter ego Humpty Hump, formed Digital Underground in Oakland, California with Chopmaster J and Kenny-K in the late ’80s. In 1990, the group released its debut, two-sided album, Sex Packets, which housed songs like breakout hit “The Humpty Dance” and “Doowutchyalike.”
The group also introduced the world to Tupac Shakur: the West Coast legend featured on “Same Song” and appeared in the background of Digital Underground’s video for “The Humpty Dance.”
Shock G went on to work with Pac several more times throughout their careers, as well as with Prince, Dr Dre, KRS-One and more. He released his one and only solo album, Fear of a Mixed Planet, in 2004.
As news of Shock G’s death broke late Thursday night, countless fans and fellow hip hop luminaries mourned his passing. On Twitter, Ice Cube wrote, “RIP Shock-G/Humpty Hump.”
“I remember when N.W.A.’s road manager Atron said he had a group called Digital Underground. He played [the ‘Doowutchyalike’] video & I went crazy,” Cube wrote. “I had to sample DU on ‘Jackin’ For Beats’ and ‘Who’s The Mack.’ And nobody had a better stage show. A true Bay Area original.”
RIP Shock-G/Humpty Hump. I remember when NWA’s road manager Atron said he had a group called Digital Underground. He played DOWHATCHALIKE video & I went crazy. I had to sample DU on JACKIN FOR BEATS and WHO’S THE MACK. And nobody had a better stage show. A true Bay Area original. pic.twitter.com/skrOoM1Rsv
— Ice Cube (@icecube) April 23, 2021
Others who paid tribute to Shock G include Bootsy Collins, Immortal Technique, MC Hammer, and Mariah Carey. The official pages of the late Tupac and Prince have also paid their respects to the artist.
RIP, Shock G. Revisit Sex Packets here: