Congratulations to Digital Underground for being invited to perform on the prestigious BET Awards show.
Digital Underground are an alternative rap group hailing from Oakland, California in the USA. This multi-member hip-hop band played a big part in giving West Coast rap the spotlight. D.U.'s leader was Greg “Shock G” Jacobs, who was born on August 25, 1963. He spent most of his youth in New York City and southern Florida, eventually settling in the Bay Area of California. He dropped out of high school in the late 1970s and spent several years pursuing a life of crime before eventually finishing his degree and attending college, where he studied music.
Heavily influenced by the various funk bands of the 1970s, Digital Underground sampled their music frequently, which quickly became a defining element of west-coast rap. Their ‘alternative’ status owes much to their unabashedly spaced-out image, which lay in contrast to the gangster rap that most west coast acts focused on. Album cuts frequently went on until well over the five-minute mark, giving albums a jam-session feel.
Supposedly, the group's original image was set up to be a tribute to social activists The Black Panthers, but when Public Enemy became a prominent band, Shock G supposedly chose to take the group's image in a more whimsical direction, that of an updated Parliament-Funkadelic for the hip-hop audience. He even took to designing detailed covers and cartoon-laced liner notes for the band, in tribute to the similarly constructed album jackets from Parliament-Funkadelic. Under the alias "Rackadelic", which was his graffiti tag as a youth, Shock G is responsible for the Digital Underground album cover illustrations & CD booklet cartoons and comic strips.
Along with Chopmaster J, Shock G formed Digital Underground in 1987, and the duo released a single, "Underwater Rimes", which suprisingly went to #1 in the Netherlands. In 1989, the group signed with Tommy Boy Records, and that summer "Doowutchyalike" became a hit on the USA underground. By that time, Digital Underground had expanded significantly, with DJ Fuze, Money-B, and Schmoovy-Schmoov joining the group.
Their first album, 1990’s 'Sex Packets', was named after a sketchy invention idea Schmoovy Schmoov (Earl Cook - early member) had for a hallucinogen that could induce orgasm. To promote the album, a fake newsletter was circulated to California medical clinics, for which the 'sex packets' even got notice in USA Today (the newsletter claimed that NASA was secretly developing them for astronauts, as relief on extended space stints).
Sex Packets (recorded with Chopmaster J, Money-B, DJ Fuze) became a hit after "The Humpty Dance", a song which was rapped by Shock-G's alter ego Humpty Hump, was a club crossover hit and climbed all the way to #11 on the pop charts, peaking at #7 on the R&B charts. With its P-Funk samples, jazzy interludes, and innovative array of samples and live instrumentation, Sex Packets received positive reviews and the album received platinum status, selling over 1 million copies.
As Shock G, Jacobs was a cool, breezy-voiced commentator. On the other hand, his secret alter ego, Humpty Hump, was an uninhibited clown in a Groucho Marx glasses/nose combo and pimp-inspired clothes. At concerts, a stand-in would silently play either one person or the other, and when a smoke bomb dropped, or some other trick, Jacobs would switch gears and rap as the other person. A fictional biography was constructed for Humpty, the story being that "Edward G. Humphreys had become a musician after burning his nose in a kitchen accident with a deep-fryer." Jacobs also performed as a character by the name of MC Blowfish on the "Underwater Rhymes" track.
The group was also featured in the Dan Aykroyd film Nothing But Trouble, in which they performed the track "Same Song" and later "Tie the Knot." The music video for "Same Song" featured clips from the film and is also the video that featured the first appearance by a young, and unknown at the time Tupac Shakur (2Pac),who would go on to be one of rap's biggest stars off all time. Tupac Shakur (2Pac) was a dancer and roadie for the band before joining as a full member, and subsequently getting his record deal.
In 1993, Shock-G produced Tupac Shakur'sbreakthrough gold single "I Get Around" as well as guest starred on the single and music video, and went on to produce Tupac's "So Many Tears" from his album "Me Against The World". Tupac's first published work was while still a member of Digital Underground when he appeared on the song and video "Same Song", which also appeared in the Dan Aykroyd and Demi Moore film Nothing But Trouble. Shock also co-produced Tupac's debut album "2Pacalypse Now." Under the alias "Piano Man", Shock contributed the piano, synthesizer, and organ work heard on all five Digital Underground albums, as well as the live keys on his many Tupac productions.
Saafir was also a member of Digital Underground and went on to release several solo albums, aswell as R&B singer Mystik who also got her start as a member of Digital Underground.
Digital Underground followed up the success of their debut album, 'Sex Packets', with multiple other releases as a group, aswell as Shock G's solo efforts. The LP 'Sons Of The P' was the groups next album release which dropped on October 15, 1991 from Tommy Boy Records. The album featured two hit singles, "Kiss You Back" which was co-written by George Clinton, and "No Nose Job." They then released their third LP The Body-Hat Syndrome on October 5, 1993, which seems a somewhat weaker effort from the groups previous albums.
Shock-G also appeared as a producer and guest artist on fellow Oakland-based rap group The Luniz platinum debut release Operation Stackola in 1995, also appearing as a guest emcee in the "I Got 5 On It" Bay Ballers Remix and video.
In June, 1996 Digital Underground released their fourth album 'Future Rhythm' to modest success, and then dropped 'Who Got The Gravy?' on September 8, 1998. Despite having no singles, the album still managed to get into the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. 'The Lost Files' would follow on October 26, 1999. It features a whole bunch of unreleased tracks that were not put onto Digital Undergrounds previous albums. In the same year Shock-G toured and performed on stage with George Clinton & P-Funk including a guest performance with Clinton at Woodstock 1999.
Since the mid 90's Digital Underground have slowly been falling off rap's radar, but are still a good enough force to have released two compilation albums since their hay day. The first came on June 19, 2001 in the form of; "No Nose Job: The Legend of Digital Underground" which features several of their hit songs, such as "Same Song" and "The Humpty Dance" and is a very strong and solid rap compilation album. Then on June 10, 2003, they released their next, and last album to date as a group, "Playwutchyalike: The Best of Digital Underground", a compilation album with the same theme of its predecessor and again it is a solid album worthy of any hip-hop fans hard earned.
In 2004, Shock released a solo CD, Fear of a Mixed Planet. Shock-G's production credits include several gold and platinum Digital Underground and 2Pac releases, as well as songs for Prince ("Love Sign" from the Crystal Ball LP), Bobby Brown, Saafir, and many others.
1988- First Single “Underwater Rimes” released independently. It sold 30,000 units without a video, mostly in California. The socially-conscious A-Side, however, went to #1 in Amsterdam, Holland.
1989- After signing with Tommy Boy Music, the second single “Doowutchayalike” is released with groundbreaking and highly acclaimed video. The single sold 80,000 copies. MTV Video Award Nominee.
1989- Digital Underground perform a 30 city European tour as well as many US dates.
1990- The Single “Humpty Dance” and album Sex Packets individually went platinum, becoming instant classics. The Humpty Dance music and drum arrangement went on to get sampled into over other charting singles by other artists in the styles of R&B and Hip-hop, hard and soft.
1990- Digital Underground performed “Humpty Dance” on the Arsenio Hall Show.
1990- EP released with “Same Song” and “Tie The Knot” featured and performed in the Dan Akroyd film Nothing But Trouble with Demi Moore, Chevy Chase, Dan Akroyd and John Candy. The video-single was non-commercially released to TV & radio, and the EP went gold in five weeks.
1990- Shock G and Humpty appeared on West Coast anti-gang project “We’re All In The Same Gang.”
1990- Digital Underground performed on the US Public Enemy Tour.
1992- Digital Underground released the second video-single from "Sons Of The P" titled "No Nose Job," also performed "Showtime At The Apollo."
1992- Digital Underground were co-headliners on the 50 city "Budweiser Superfest Tour" with LL Cool J and Bell Biv Devoe.
1992- Digital Underground performed "Kiss You Back" on the "Arsenio Hall Show."
1992- Digital Underground headlined the "Monsters Of Rap" Pay Per View concert which also featured Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah and Tupac.
1993- As the "D-Flow Production Squad" produced and arranged "I Get Around" (the second and breakthrough single for Tupac's second album), which features Shock G and Money B as guest rappers. The single went platinum.
1993- Controversial video and first single "The Return Of The Crazy One" is released along with Digital Underground's fourth album "The Body Hat Syndrome." The single sold 110,000 copies and the album sold over 200,000 copies. The video was "fronted" on all major networks even though it was cleaned up; however the uncut x-rated version went on heavy rotation on the Palybiy Channel and is an underground Cult Classic.
1993- Humpty appeared in the movie, Dr. Dre and Ed Lover's "Who's The Man" in a brief cameo.
1993- Shock G, Humpty and Money B guest on X Clan's "Close The Crack House Project."
1993- Digital Underground performed "I Get Around" w/ Tupac on the Arsenio Hall show and was the fourth time on the show.
1994- Digital Underground appear on HBO within the feature film "Nothing But Trouble," with Dan Akroyd, Chevy Chase, Demi Moore. The movie was written and directed by Dan Akroyd.
1994- Humpty Hump made a quest appearance in George Clinton's "Paint The White House Black" video.
1994- Humpty also appeared in a series of "Nike" TV ads with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
1995- Shock G produced, co-wrote and performed "No Brothas Allowed" single by "No Face." The video reached #3 on Bet's Video Countdown.
1995- As the Piano Man and D-Flow, Shock G produced "So Many Tears" and "Fuck The World" for Tupac. The album is multi-platinum.
1995- Shock G produced and guest appeared on "Luniz" platinum LP "Operation Stackola." Shock G contributed three songs including the hit and video "I Got Five On It."
1995- Shock G made a cameo appearance in Tupac's "Temptaion" video-single, also from the multi-platinum LP "Me Against The World."
1996- Digital Underground released "Future Rhythm" on Critique Records. The singles "Oregano Flow" and "Walk Real Kool" hit the Billboard Charts. Oregano Flow went to #21 on Billboard's "Hot Rap Singles."
1998- Digital Underground released the critically acclaimed album "Who Got The Gravy" on Jake /Interscope Records, which features appearances from KRS-One, Biz Markie and Big Pun.
1998- Shock G's silky remix "Love Sign" is included on "Crystal Ball," a 4-disc album box set by Prince.
1999- Money B independantly released "Digital Underground, The Lost Files" over the internet. Lost Files are a collection of rare and non-released tracks available exclusively though the group's various websites.
1999- Humpty Hump performed with George CLinton at "Woodstock 99" as guest vocalist within the P-Funks Friday night set.
2001- Shock G produced two songs on Mystic's Grammy nominated LP "Cut's For Luck And Scars For Freedom."
1998-2004- Shock G and Digital Underground performed many major radio events / summer jams, festivals, colleges and clubs across the United States.
2002- Shock G is featuring in the Tupac Shakur film documentary "Thug Angel (The Life Of An Outlaw)," which was aired in it's entirety by several networks over the last decade including MTV, VH1, A&E and Fuze.
2003- Shock G produces and guest stars with Humpty on Mur's video-single "Risky Business" which received substantial rotation on the TV-MA rated program "BET: Uncut." The video playfully pays tribute to a popular Tome Cruise film of the same name.
2003- Jay Z acknowledged Digital Underground by mi,icking Humpty's lines: "Allow me to re-introduce myself, My name is Hov, OH, H-to-the-O-V" in his "Public Announcement" song from the "Black Album."
2004- Shock G joined west coast underground hip-hop veterans Murs & Scarub on a 54 city U.S. and Canada tour as music conductor, successfully stage-dj-ing their show from his keyboard.
2004- Shock G independantly release his long awaited solo album "Fear Of A Mixed Planet" featuring west coast legends Yukmouth, DJ Q-Bert and Ray Luv as well as D.U. mainstays Humpty Hump and Money B. After receiving outstanding reviews, the album was scooped up and re-released by Jake Records in 2008.
2004- Digital Underground merged with "Slapbak," a 7 piece funk band, and toured the western United States.
2005- Shock G is featured heavily in the P-Funk documentary "Parliament/Funkadelic; One Nation Under A Groove," which aired on the PBS scholastically acclaimed Independant Lens program seventeen times between 2005 & 2007.
2005-2007- Digital Underground performed the NIKE Tour, many colleges, festivals and clubs across America and Australia.
2008- Digital Underground performed in a Denver Nuggets NBA Playoff Series halftime show. The performance is featured in the Youtube documentarty "Six Minutes In Denver."
2008- The group reaches the 20 year mark and officially disbands as a recording act and splits into various side projects and solo acts who come together as Digital Underground only at seleceted special evetns. The tetative roup reunion date is et for 2020.
2009- After a fifteen year hiatus, which included touring overseas with the Luniz, finishing college and assisting Dave Chappelle at local Bay area stand-up performances, longtime collaborator David "DJ Fuze" Elliot rejoined Shock on stage dozens of performances around the U.S. that were billed as "Shock G" solo shows. During these mostly-improv performances, which occasionally included guitarist Eric "Kenya-B" Baker (Authoe/performer on "Top Of The World," "Stylin," "So Many Tears"), they experimented and developed stage routines that would later be pulled into the larger Digital Underground performances.
2010- VIBE release a 16 page "Full Clip" interview with Shock G about Digital Underground, 2Pac and how his solo project "lifted the the pressure. Life doesn't suck, Now it's easier for me to put that nose on."
2010- Let by Humpty Hump & Money B with Shock on Piano, Digital Underground closed the "BET Awards" show with a special surpirse guest performance in which they shared the stage with the rising Los Angeles rap group "Cali Swag District." It was the final performance of the televised portion, as well as the final performance of the actual event, which took place at the Atlanta Civic Center.
2011- The Crew is rejoined by their fellow veteran writer / producer / performed Ramone "Peewee" Gooden who replaced Kenay as guitarist and adds skillful talkbox vocals to the live shows. A former member of Toos Short's "Dangerous Crew," Peewee is also an original member of Tupac's early 90's production team "Underground Railroad," as is Shock and Fuze." With the three of them reunited, everything was brought full circle, the feel became more indetifiably authentic, and the sound grew even richer from their years of outside experience coming together as one. Through dozens of 2011 performances including "Paid Dues Hip-Hop Festival" in San Bernardino, the act solidified into the current Shock G trio, also know as "Shock-G3," or abbreviated as "SHKG3."
2011- Charlie Sheen is told my Gaddafi "I dress like Humpy Hump from Digital Underground" in a "Saturday Night Live" comeny skit entitled "Duh! Winning!" which airled live on NBC February 9th.
2011- Digital Underground delivers an earthquake to Switzerland with the "Tommy Boy 30th Anniverary" concert in the Stravinski Auditorium at the wolrd famous "Montreaux Jazz Festival." Their mid show performance "emptied the hallways backstage and cast a happy spell on the whole lot," remembered the festival's late CEO and founder Claude Nobs in a 2012 interview with Mike and Co. Shock G recalls "Many people who weren't supposed to appear for two or three more sets joined us for hugs and waves in the break, including Quincy Jones and Tom Silverman. It was beautiful."
2011- "Freaks Of The Industry" titled "Freaks" was released featuring rising star "LoveRance" and his group "C.F.O.P.A." This version easily out nasties the original with the clever and comedic wordplay and features production by IamSu! who produced LoveRance's own platinum sex anthem "Up!" featuring 50 Cent.
2012- Digital Underground perfromed at the legendary jazz venue "Yoshi's" on June 15 in San Franciso for a Tupac Shakur Birthday Celebration and were spontaneously joined on stage by George Clinton and early 2Pac collablorators Ray Luv and singer Roniece Levias. ABC News reported that the concert was alos a benefit for surviving "Black Panther Party" members. The event was the brainchild of Bobby McCall, father of Money B and original Panther himself.
2013- "Kiss You Back" music appears in a national "Fiber One" chocolate cereal commercial TV ad utilizing the lines "We we chocolate crossover."
21- Hollywood, FL
(Seminole Casino Hollywood)
22- New York, NY
7- Las Vegas, NV
8- Las Vegas, NV
3- Sparks, NV
23-24- Macon, GA
(Cherry Blossom Outdoor Festival)
17- Las Vegas, NV
(Private show At Bellagio)
2- Chicago, IL
8- Fairfax, VA
16- San Francisco, CA
28- Sacramento, CA
(Rio Ramaza Marina Festival)
31- Detroit, MI with Ice Cube
1- Sacramento, CA
(Red Lion Inn)
22- Indianapolis, IN
(Broad Ripple Street Party)
27- Redding, CA
(Win River Casino)
31- Portland, OR
10- Saratoga Springs, NY
(Vapor Nightclub @ Saratoga Casino)
13- San Diego, CA
(2013- Digital Underground will not be touring in 2013 but Shock G will be touring solo shows. Please check on Shock G's page on this website for his current schedule)
12- San Francisco, CA (Private)
29- Los Angeles, CA
(Live Nation / KDAY Krush Groove Fest)
MAY29- Little Rock, ARK
(Riverfest with Nelly)
30- Las Vegas, NV
(Crown Theater at Rio)
10- Atlantic City, NJ
(Harrah's Atlantic City)
30- Vancouver, BC Canada
12-18- Montreux, Switz
(Montreux Jazz Festival)
21- Las Vegas, NV
(Haze Nightclub @ Aria Hotel & Casino)
7- Decatur, IL
(Decatur Celebration outdoor festival)
SEPTEMBER22- Scottsdale, AZ
(Private fundraiser w/ Phoenix Suns)
23- Oxford, MS
(Fraternity concert for Kappa Sigma)
12- Los Angeles, CA
2- West Hollywood, CA
9- Denver, CO
10- Copper Mountain, CO
17- Dallas, TX
(Radio event at Mckinney Ave Tavern)
31- Detroit, MI
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