Digital Underground's Front Man, Shock G, Has Died at the Age of 57.
The front man for the 80's rap group Digital Underground has died. Reports came in just hours ago that Shock G, whose real name is Gregory Jacobs was found dead by his father, Edward Racker, in a Tampa, Florida hotel room. No cause of death has been released at this time but there were no signs of struggle or trauma. Racker says that the coroner will perform an autopsy soon to determine his son's cause of death.
The Hillsboro County Coroner's Office confirmed his death.
Digital Underground had a string of hits in the early 1990s and introduced its audience to a little-known rapper named Tupac Shakur. The group’s name sounded like “a band of outlaws from a cyberpunk novel,” with a sound that “straddles the line between reality and fantasy, between silliness and social commentary,” The New York Times wrote in 1991. “Digital Underground is where Parliament left off,” Shock G said at the time, referring to the groundbreaking George Clinton band.
Shock G, with Digital Underground, were influential in changing the sound of rap and introduced the world to a very young Tupac Shakur.
Shock G will truly be missed.