Rap legend Shock G who helped get Tupac into music ‘found dead at hotel’
Lead singer of the Digital Underground, Shock G has passed away at the age of 57.
He was found dead on Thursday in his hotel room, according to his father Edward Racker.
TMZ reported that his cause of death is unknown but there were no signs of trauma.
Edward confirmed that authorities will be conducting an autopsy.
The rap legend was famous for the song The Humpty Dance as his alter ego 'Humpty Hump'.
Born Gregory Jacobs, he formed the hip hop group Digital Underground alongside Jimi 'Chopmaster J' Dright and Kenneth 'Kenny-K' Waters in 1987.
He was also famed for his collabs with the legendary Tupac, featuring on his song I Get Around in 1993 and as a producer on Tupac's debut solo album 2Pacalypse Now.
Shock G helped bring Tupac to the music world, as he as was member of the Digital Underground and his first published work was the group's 1991 song Same Song.
In 1995 speaking about his times with Shock G, Tupac said "I look back with the greatest fondess. Those were like some of the best times of my life…"
Digital Underground's co-founder Chopmaster J paid tribute to the star on Instagram with a black and white photo of the pair.
He penned: "34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea we can be a hip hop band and take on the world through it all the dream became a reality and the reality became a nightmare for some.
"And now he’s awaken from the fame long live shock G Aka Humpty Hump and Rest In Peace my Brotha Greg Jacobs!!!”
Fans took to Twitter to voice their sadness and condolences for the singer.
"RIP Shock G. Can't believe we lost another hip-hop icon," wrote one fan.
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Another said: "Damn RIP Greg Jacobs, aka Shock G, aka Humpty Hump. One of the first hip hop shows I ever saw was Digital Underground and Shock G was a force of nature. Man was a legend as a writer, performer and producer and was a huge influence on Tupac."
"Don't know where music would be without Shock G #TownLegend," voiced a third.
- Tupac Shakur
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