Shock G, the co-founder of the band Digital Underground, also known as Humpty Hump, passed away on April 22nd and was laid to rest in Tampa this past Saturday. The 90’s were a special time for Bay Area hip hop and Shock G is known to be one of the architects. He is responsible for hit songs like, “The Humpty Dance”, “Doowhatchulike” and “Same Song.” He was also a gatekeeper for discovering new talent -- the most famous being Tupac -- and produced his breakthrough single, “I Get Around.” In addition to that, he produced and collaborated with Dr. Dre, Prince and the Luniz, to name a few. As his fans, friends and family mourn his death, we examine Shock G’s contributions to the Bay Area.
Digital Underground’s Gregory ‘Shock G’ Jacobs Laid to Rest in Tampa
Shock G of Digital Underground in 2006. Credit: Jerome Ware/ZUMA Press Inc/Alamy Stock Photo
Eric Arnold, hip-hop journalist; consulting curator, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom; communications and policy director, Community Rejuvenation Project
Maria Judice, Filmmaker and founder Indigo Impact