Shock G, off-kilter Digital Underground leader of “Humpty Dance” fame, dead at 57

Shock G. Getty Images

Shock G. Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shock G, who blended whimsical wordplay with ’70s funk as leader of the off-kilter Bay Area hip-hop group Digital Underground, has died.

He was 57. The group’s former head of security says the rapper-producer was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Tampa, Florida. Malonga said Shock G had struggled with drug addiction for years.

The group found fame with the Billboard Top 10 hit “The Humpty Dance” in 1990, with Shock G performing as one of his many alter egos, Humpty Hump.

He introduced the group’s former roadie 2Pac to the world a year later on the song “Same Song.”

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