He was 57 years old...

Oakland hip-hop figure Shock G has died.

Shock G - real name Gregory Jacobs - was a key member of Digital Underground, helping to bring P-Funk influenced elastic funk into a new era.

Across six albums Digital Underground presented a cartoonish stage persona, but matched this to incredible technical skill in the studio.

1991's 'Sons Of The P' remains a standout moment, while Shock G's persona Humpty Hump notched up the evergreen club smash 'Humpty Dance'.

Sadly, Shock G died overnight, with All Hip Hop and TMZ separately confirming the news.

The producer's father was spokesperson, while the cause of death is under investigation.

Digital Underground's Chopmaster J was the first to pay tribute:

“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.”

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