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Shock G
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Birth name

Gregory E. Jacobs

Also known as

Humpty Hump, The Piano Man, Rackadelic, M.C. Blowfish

Born

25 August 1963 (age 53)
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Origin

Tampa, Florida, United States

Genres

Hip hop

Occupation(s)

Rapper, singer, record producer, pianist, entertainer, visual artist

Years active

1984 - present

Associated acts

2Pac, Digital Underground, Luniz, Murs, Raw Fusion, Saafir

Gregory E. Jacobs (born 25 August 1963), better known by his stage name Shock G and alter ego Humpty Hump, is an American musician and rapper, known as the lead vocalist for the hip hop group Digital Underground. He is responsible for Digital Underground's "The Humpty Dance", 2Pac's breakthrough single "I Get Around", and starting the careers of a number of hip hop musicians.

Early lifeEdit

Shock G was born in Brooklyn, New York, but spent many of his early years on the East Coast. For most of his childhood, he lived in Tampa, Florida, but moved back to New York with his mother in 1975. It was during this stint that he first discovered hip hop music while it was still in its underground developmental stage. He bought himself a set of turntables, and was mentored in the craft by his cousin Rene Negron and their close friend Shah-T of the Queens parody rap group No-Face. Shah-T suggested that Jacobs should use the moniker "Shah-G". Jacobs liked the idea, but mistakenly thought that he had said "Shock G", and began using that name instead. In 1978, after getting into too much trouble in Queens, Jacobs was sent back to Tampa to live with his father.

He dropped out of Chamberlain High School to form the Master Blasters, a mobile deejay crew that featured three DJs and four emcees at its height. The group would perform at parties, and eventually caught the attention of WTMP-FM program director Tony Stone. Stone offered Jacobs, who was sixteen-years-old at the time, a job deejaying on the station, which Jacobs accepted. Under the moniker Gregory Racker, he was the youngest radio personality in central Florida with a regular time slot. After being fired for playing the fifteen-minute-long album version of Funkadelic's "(Not Just) Knee Deep" in a five-minute time slot, and also after tensions with his father escalated, Jacobs found himself backpacking through the United States for a few years, drifting through various jobs and participating in petty criminal adventures. It was during this journey that Jacobs' focus shifted from deejaying to keyboard playing, and effectively taught himself to play the piano by utilising piano practice rooms at music stores and colleges around the country.

Deciding to pursue music seriously, he returned home, obtained a diploma, and began attending Hillsborough Community College in Hillsborough County, where he studied music theory.

Years later, Jacobs decided to settle in the Bay Area, moving to Oakland and working at a local musical equipment store. It was while working here that he formed his group Digital Underground with close friends James "Chopmaster J" Dright and Kenneth "Kenny K" Waters.

DiscographyEdit

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