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Digital Underground founder Shock G, aka Humpty Hump, was found dead in a Florida hotel room on Thursday. He was 57.

Shock G's father, Edward Racker, confirmed his death to TMZ.

Racker told TMZ his son, real name Gregory Jacobs, was found dead in a Tampa hotel room on Thursday. An autopsy is scheduled to determine his cause of death.

Digital Underground's Chopmaster J paid tribute to Jacob's in an Instagram post:

"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!!!"

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Jacobs, a rapper, songwriter, and music producer, was best known as the founder of rap/hip-hop group Digital Underground. He also created the group's "Humpty Dance."

Jacobs was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 25, 1963. His family traveled around the East Coast before settling in Tampa, Florida.

He relocated to Queens, New York (after his parents' divorce), where he learned to play the drums.

Upon returning to Tampa, he took a job DJing at a local R&B station. He was the youngest radio personality in central Florida. He was fired for playing the 15-minute long album version of "(Not Just) Knee Deep" by Funkadelic in a 5-minute time slot.

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In the 1980s Jacobs moved to Oakland, California, where he founded Digital Underground with Chopmaster J and the late Kenny-K in 1987.

The group had radio success with "Doowutchyalike," off their debut album, which featured the first appearance of Jacobs' alter ego, Humpty Hump.

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The music video for the album's second single, "The Humpty Dance," peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song's music video also featured a young Tupac Shakur (right), who rapped on the group's single "Same Song."

Jacobs returned the favor by producing Shakur's breakthrough single "I Get Around," on which he also appears as a featured artist. Jacobs also produced Shakur's 1995 single "So Many Tears," off his third studio album, Me Against the World.

As a music producer, Jacobs worked with legends such as Bobby Brown, Dr. Dre and Prince.

Tributes poured in on social media in the hours after the news broke on Thursday.

Digital Underground's official Twitter page featured a quote by 2Pac about Shock G: "I look back [on my times with Shock G] with the greatest fondness. Those were like some of the best times of my life..."


 

 

 

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Monday, September 7, marked 24 years since American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur, born Lesane Parish Crooks, was shot multiple times by a gang member in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Tupac, stylized 2Pac, died on September 13, 1996 in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 25 years old.

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Fans remembered Tupac on the anniversary of his death on social media Monday. Many posted photos and lyrics in tribute of the fallen warrior. He is pictured above with his younger step sister Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur and god brother, rapper Yaki Kadafi, born Yafeu Akiyele Fula, who was accidentally shot in the head in 1996 at age 19.

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Tupac launched his rap career after moving from New York City to San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. He had achieved modest success by the time he released his debut album 2Pacalypse Now in 1991.

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Tupac was one of the pioneers of so-called gangsta rap that glorifies gang culture, sexual promiscuity, misogynistic lyrics, drug culture, sexism, and anti-homosexuality.

Gangsta rap would go on to have a negative impact on young Black boys who quoted Tupac's lyrics that promoted gang violence and degraded women.

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Understanding his impact on young Black youth, Tupac took his music in a different direction with the release of Me Against the World in 1995.

It was his third studio album and was considered his most introspective and thought-provoking work.

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The album included the hits "So Many Tears", "Temptations" and "Dear Mama," in tribute to his mother, Afeni Shakur, who died of a heart attack in 2016 at age 69.

Tupac prophesied his own death in the 2nd track off the album, titled "If I Die 2Nite."

    Going insane, never die, I live eternal, who shall I fear?
    Don't shed a tear for me, ni**a, I ain't happy here
    I hope they bury me and send me to my rest
    Headlines reading 'Murdered to death', my last breath.

 

 

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence appeared on The Breakfast Club to promote the third installment of their Bad Boys movie franchise, titled Bad Boys For Life.

Smith started stuttering when he was asked to speak on his wife Jada Pinkett Smith's brief love affair with rapper Tupac Shakur.

"Uh, oh, f**k yeah! Oh my God!" Smith said emphatically. He went on to share that he felt intimidated and awkward around Tupac, who died in 1996. "I could never interact with 'Pac," he explained.

Smith, 51, is convinced that Tupac never sampled Jada's goodies, but that's not what she's telling friends.
 

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Jada Pinkett Smith is often asked about her close relationship with Tupac Shakur, who died from injuries he sustained in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at age 25.

The 48-year-old mother of two opened up about Tupac during a discussion on her Red Table Talk web series with guest Robyn Crawford, a lesbian who wrote a book about her relationship with the late Whitney Houston.

Both Jada and Robyn have been accused of embellishing their relationships with the dead superstars.

During the chat Jada explained that she understood Whitney and Robyn's close bond because of the friendship she shared with the rapper before his death.

"I understood because of the complex relationship I've had with 'Pac and those moments of "Who's that?" Knowing damn well there ain't nothing like that between us."

Jada said Tupac confided his fears that he would "go off the rails" if they were no longer friends because she gave him "stability".

"Him feeling like, 'You're the only stability I got, I can't afford for you to put that attention elsewhere'," Jada explained. "For him, it was, we were an anchor for each other. Anytime he felt like that anchor was threatened, oh my God."

"When you said (the book is) a love letter to Whitney, that resonated as so powerful," she told Robyn, 55. "It was so healing for me in so many different ways," Jada said of Robyn's new memoir, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston.

"It's hard to live with someone who has had a legacy at the level she has had and then to lose them under tragic circumstances. I have a very similar situation," she continued.

The Girls Trip actress and the bad boy rapper both studied at the Baltimore School of the Arts before finding fame in their respective fields.
 

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Before she became America's most well-known socialite, Kim Kardashian appeared as an unknown extra in a Tupac Shakur music video back in the day.

In a podcast interview, Kardashian, 38, said she appeared as an extra in a Tupac video when she was only 16 years old and virtually unknown.

She said she never met Tupac, who wasn't on the set when she was shooting her scenes.

"No, he wasn't there, I've never seen the footage," she said "We were walking down the runway, like we were models walking down a runway. It wasn't like we were in bikinis by the pool or anything like that. We were literally walking down a runway, and it was Kim Stewart, Kourtney, me and maybe like one or two other of our friends."

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Twitter users quickly found the young Kardashian in Tupac's "All About U" music video, released in 1996. She is wearing a black wig and a conservative blue dress in the video.

See if you can find young Kardashian in the music video below.
 

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Rap mogul Tip "T.I." Harris responded in typical T.I. fashion when his followers disrespected his Tupac Shakur tribute on Instagram.com.

Lesane Parish Crooks, aka Tupac Shakur, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, April 7.

T.I., 36, was among a handful of celebs paying homage to the late rap icon who was shot to death in 1996 at age 25.

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