REST IN PEACE: GREGORY JACOBS! BETTER KNOWN TO YOU AS SHOCK G. WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN, NY. ON AUGUST 25, 1963!
Written by Michelle Botello
The all-time rapper, of the well-known group Digital Underground, Gregory Jacobs, dies at 57. Jacobs was found under unknown circumstances Thursday inside a hotel in Tampa, Florida.
Digital Underground had a sound with a line between reality and fantasy, said the NY Times in a 1991 article. His last hit “Underwater Rimes” got the attention from Tommy Boy Records in 1987 and released “Sex Packets”, their first album and number one seller with a million copies.
Shock G’s advice to musicians: "Do what feels good. If you like it for three minutes then you’ll love it for thirty."
Jacobs got his alias Humpty Hump from the hit “The Humpty Dance” where, in the video, he wore a pair of dark sunglasses with a fake nose and a fur hat and tie and raps to “Do the Humpty Hump, Come On and Do The Humpty Hump!”
He had been associated with acts like Money-B, 2Pac, DJ Assassin, Rappin’ 4-Tay, Angelo Knox, Luniz, Ray Luv, Easy-E, Murs, Saafir, Raw Fusion, Dr. Dre, George Clinton, Strictly Dope, E-40, and Prince. He also introduced Tupak Shakur to his audiences.
Shock G shared many talents. He was not only a recording artist and entertainer, but also a cartoonist. He was a creative master at piano and keyboards.
His unique music composition was a fusion of hip hop, funk, jazz, and dance. His creativity was born within him as he journeyed around the country with his family at a young age.
Jacobs’ mother, Shirley Kraft, was a television producer and his father, Edward Racker, was an executive in computer management. He had a sister, Elizabeth Racker, and a brother, Kent Racker.
His parents divorced but Shock G continued his devotion to music at the age of 10 or 11, he told the Times.