Legendary Digital Underground rapper, Shock G, will be honored by the city of Oakland his manager Atron Gregory confirmed to TMZ.
“Humbled to announce the next Feed the Hood is in honor and memory of Shock G of Digital Underground,” the East Oakland Collective said in an Instagram post with a #ShockGDay hashtag.
The city-wide event is set to take place August 21 at City Hall and will include feeding 2,000 unhoused communities. According to TMZ, “The Humpty Dance” rapper often cared for the less fortunate, prompting organizers to make giving back a part of remembering his legacy.
Set four months after his death, the day-long commemoration is a result of joint efforts between the Oakland City Council, surviving members of Digital Underground and local musicians.
The tribute will feature a motorcade traveling through Oakland en route to City Hall playing Shock G’s music. There will also be speakers, live performances and an after-party will be held at the New Parish Hotel.
Shock G’s career is one of rap lore. Along with introducing 2Pac to the mainstream, he’s worked with artists like Prince, Monie Love, Dr. Dre, Money B, Raw Fusion, Luniz, Mac Mall, Murs, KRS-One, and more.
After co-founding the group in the late 1980s in Oakland, they went on to make other classics in “Dance,” “Freaks Of The Industry,” “Doowutchyalike,” and “Same Song.”
Born Gregory Edward Jacobs, the rapper, whose alter ego, Humpty Hump, helped to popularize the group, was found dead in a Tampa, Fla., hotel room April 22 of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, methamphetamine and alcohol. He was 57.