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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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SWV will use Michael Jackson Sample During Verzuz Despite ‘Potential Backlash’

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Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.

Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.

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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.

Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.

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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.

SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:

“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”

Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”

And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
 

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Floyd Mayweather Jr and YouTube star Jake Paul got into a heated exchange at the press conference for Floyd’s upcoming boxing match with Logan Paul.

The 44-year-old champion boxer is annoyed since boxing fans say his fight with 26-year-old Logan is fake.

If you recall, Logan’s brother, Jake, 24, knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson last year.

In a video posted on Thursday, Floyd suggested a boxing match between himself and Jake.

Jake tells him, “Don’t be calling [event promoter] Al Haymon. Let’s make it happen.”

“I’m my own boss,” FLoyd replies angrily.

Then Jake snatched Floyd’s cap off his head and shouted “Got your cap!” before fleeing with Floyd in hot pursuit.

Chaos ensued as Floyd’s security chased after them and separated the two combatants.

Question: Do you think the upcoming fight between Floyd and Logan Paul is fake?

Be warned: the video contains excessive profanity — mostly by Floyd who never got his cap back.
 

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Law Roach Named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter

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Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.

Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).

He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.

Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.

Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.

“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”

Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:

“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”

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