Digital Underground Rapper Shock G's Cause of Death Determined
By Jennifer Drysdale and Zach Seemayer
Shock G's cause of death has been determined. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office released the initial case summary of their autopsy of the legendary rapper, who died on April 22 in Tampa, Florida.
According to the case summary, released on Thursday, Shock G died from the combined toxic effects of fentanyl, ethanol, and methamphetamine.
The rapper's death was originally shared by Digital Underground co-founder Chopmaster J. The artist was 57.
Shock G -- real name Gregory Jacobs -- was the lead vocalist for the pioneering hip-hop group. He formed the group in 1987 with Chopmaster J (real name Jimi Dright) and Kenny-K (real name Kenneth Waters).
Sharing a black-and-white throwback pic of himself with Shock G on Thursday, Chopmaster J wrote, "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!!! #digitalunderground 😔."
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office, Shock G was found dead in a hotel in Tampa.
The rapper's father, Edward Racker, told TMZ that authorities will conduct on autopsy to determine the cause of his death.
Members of Digital Underground rotated throughout the years, with the group credited for launching the career of Tupac Shakur. Shock G was one of the producers on Tupac's debut solo alum, 2Pacalypse Now, and was featured on Pac's 1993 song "I Get Around."
In addition to his work with 2Pac, Shock G also worked with artists Dr. Dre, Prince and KRS-One throughout his career. He announced in 2008 that after approximately 20 years of touring, Digital Underground would officially disband. Their 2008 album ..Cuz a D.U. Party Don't Stop! was be their last studio effort.
After the news of his death broke, Ice Cube took to social media to share a throwback photo and a tribute to Shock G's music legacy.
"RIP Shock-G/Humpty Hump. I remember when NWA’s road manager Atron said he had a group called Digital Underground. He played DOWHATCHALIKE video & I went crazy. I had to sample DU on JACKIN FOR BEATS and WHO’S THE MACK," he wrote. "And nobody had a better stage show. A true Bay Area original."