Digital Underground frontman Shock G’s cause of death has been revealed, months after the rap icon died at age of 57.
According to TMZ, Shock G, whose real name is Gregory Jacobs died from an overdose of fentanyl, alcohol, and methamphetamine, as determined by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner.
According to the report obtained by Billboard, Shock G was last seen alive at a hotel in Tampa, Florida. He was found unresponsive April 22 by the hotel manager, who checked in on the rapper after he missed his checkout time. Shock G was pronounced dead at the hospital that day.
The manager went to check on Shock G’s room after he reportedly missed his check-out time at the hotel. The manager called 911 upon finding him, and Shock was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.
His death was confirmed by Digital Underground’s co-founder Chopmaster J in a post on Instagram in April.
“34 years ago almost to the day we had a wild idea: We can be a hip hop band and take on the world,” wrote Chopmaster J. “Long live Shock G, aka Humpty Hump. And Rest In Peace my Brotha, Greg Jacobs!” Shock G’s funeral was held on May 1.
Shock G was best known for his work as a producer for some of the most important names in hip-hop, including Tupac, and his output with Digital Underground.
Digital Underground was best known for their 1990 hit “The Humpty Dance,” and Shock G was front and center for the song’s MTV-favorite video as his alter ego Humpty Hump. The group was formed in Oakland, Calif., in 1987 by Shock G, Chopmaster J and Kenny-K, and the collective included a revolving door of more than three dozen members over its almost three decades of activity — including some of the earliest recordings from a young Tupac Shakur.
The group had four top 40-charting hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, including the top 10 smash “The Humpty Dance,” which also spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Rap Songs chart in 1990 and peaked at No. 11 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. The song also garnered a Grammy nomination for best rap performance by a duo or group. “The Humpty Dance” was one of two top 20-charting hits on the Dance Club Songs chart, alongside 1991’s “Same Song.” The latter track housed an early appearance of 2Pac on a commercial recording, as he raps the final verse on the track. He’s introduced in the previous verse by Shock G, who raps “2Pac, go ahead and rock this.”
The group also placed six entries on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, including a pair of top 10s: 1990s Sex Packets and 1991’s This Is an E.P. Release.
The Bay Area rap outfit released six albums throughout their career, and was best known for its 1989 song “The Humpty Dance.”