Shock G, the frontman of pioneering hip-hop group Digital Underground and co-producer of 2Pac’s debut album, has died at the age of 57.
Born Gregory Jacobs, he was known for his witty lyrics and comical alter-egos, but also played a crucial role in introducing 1970s funk to 90s hip-hop.
His biggest hit was The Humpty Dance, a feel-good party anthem based on his goofy character, Humpty Hump.
Chuck D, Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes have all paid tribute to the star, according to the BBC.
“What a tough loss at such a precarious time,” wrote Public Enemy’s Chuck D on Twitter. “Brilliant beyond… such a beautiful free mind, Brother. #RestinBeats my man.”
“Rest, King, rest,” added Busta Rhymes on Instagram.
Snoop Dogg, whose early hits were inspired by Digital Underground, simply posted a photo of Humpty Hump’s jewel-encrusted Groucho Marx glasses.