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Shock G of Digital Underground dead at 57

Digital Underground member Gregory "Shock G" Jacobs has died at age 57.

The group's social media team confirmed the information. The legendary hip-hop musician was found dead Thursday in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida, according to TMZ, The cause of death was unclear but no signs of trauma existed. An autopsy is expected to be performed. As Shock G, Jacobs led Digital Underground, a hip-hop group with an ever-changing lineup that gave rise to legends like Tupac Shakur, Chopmaster J and more.

Gregory 'Shock G' Jacobs of Digital Underground has died. (Getty Images)


Tupac Shakur performed on Digital Underground's 1991 song "Same Song" and appeared in the music video. Jacobs and Shakur remained close collaborators, and Jacobs helped produce Shakur's debut solo album, "2Pacalyse Now,". Furthermore, Shakur's "I Get Around" features Jacobs. With Digital Underground, Jacobs was known best for his work on the song "The Humpty Dance."


Shock G and his bandmates earned their one and only Grammy Award nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group for the single in 1990. He formed the group with Jimi C. "Chopmaster J" Dright Jr. and Kenneth "Kenny-K" Waters in the late 1980s. The group featured a new lineup with each album and tour.

Shock G's cause of death is currently unknown. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Jacobs also released a solo album called "Fear of a Mixed Planet" featuring the songs "Weesom Hustlas," "Let's Go" and "Keep It Beautiful."  Outside of Shakur, Jacobs racked up an impressive production resumé, having worked with Prince, Saafir and more.

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