The cause of death for Shock G has been identified. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office has disclosed the preliminary findings of the rapper’s autopsy, which took place on April 22 in Tampa, Florida.
Shock G died from the combined toxic effects of fentanyl, ethanol, and methamphetamine, according to the case description provided on Thursday.
Chopmaster J, a co-founder of Digital Underground, first announced the rapper’s death. The artist was 57 years old at the time.
Shock G, actual name Gregory Jacobs, was the pioneering hip-hop group’s lead vocalist Chopmaster J (actual name Jimi Dright) and Kenny-K founded the band in 1987 (real name Kenneth Waters).
Chopmaster J shared a black-and-white throwback photo of himself with Shock G on Thursday, writing, “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”
Shock G was discovered dead at a Tampa motel, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Edward Racker, the rapper’s father, informed TMZ that an autopsy would be performed to ascertain the cause of his death.
The members of Digital Underground changed over the years, and the group is credited with beginning Tupac Shakur’s career.
Tupac’s debut solo album, 2Pacalypse Now, featured Shock G as one of the producers, and Pac’s 1993 single “I Get Around” included Shock G.
Shock G has collaborated with musicians like as Dr. Dre, Prince, and KRS-One during his career, in addition to 2Pac.
In 2008, he revealed that Digital Underground would finally split after almost 20 years of touring. Their latest studio album,…Cuz a D.U. Party Don’t Stop! was released in 2008.
Ice Cube turned to social media after Shock G’s death to offer a throwback photo and a homage to his music career.
“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. And nobody had a better stage show. A true Bay Area original.”